The Republic of the Philippines is a sovereign state in archipelagic Southeast Asia, with 7,107 islands spanning more than 300,000 square kilometers of territory. It is divided into three island groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The Philippines was named after Prince Philip (later King Philip II) of Spain, by the Spanish explorer Ruy Lopez de Villalobos during his 1542-1546 expedition to the islands.
The Philippines is a unitary presidential constitutional republic, with the President of the Philippines acting as both the head of state and the head of government. It proclaimed its independence from the Spanish Empire on June 12, 1898, following the culmination of the Philippine Revolution.
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This continues the tradition begun in the Official Gazette first, with the Official Month in Review from the Roxas to Quirino administrations, and then the Official Week in Review from the Magsaysay to Marcos administrations, until Martial Law. Eventually, press releases from the Aquino to Arroyo administrations, which served to chronicle the Chief Executive’s day, will be incorporated here.
A November 9, 2012, press release from the Department of Foreign Affairs: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will visit the Philippines from November 9 to 11. The visit of Prime Minister Harper will mark the highest-level visit of a Canadian official in the last 15 years since Prime Minister Jean Chretien, brought a business delegation to the Philippines in 1997. Prime Minister Harper will meet with President Benigno S. Aquino III and the members of the Cabinet.Continue reading →
The visit of Prime Minister Harper to the Philippines—the highest-level visit from Canada in fifteen years—is a fitting testament to the closer relations we enjoy with their country. And we are certain that this is only the beginning of the deepened engagement our two countries will enjoy. Continue reading →
Indeed, we have made a promising start, and I am confident that this visit will herald a new era of even greater cooperation between our nations. With this, allow me to propose a toast: Continue reading →