The Republic of the Philippines (Filipino: Republika ng Pilipinas), or the Philippines (Filipino: Pilipinas), is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam. The Sulu Sea to the southwest lies between the country and the island of Borneo, and to the south the Celebes Sea separates it from other islands of Indonesia. It is bounded on the east by the Philippine Sea. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and its tropical climate make the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons. An archipelago comprising 7,107 islands, the Philippines is categorized broadly into three main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Its capital city is Manila.
The Bangui Windfarm in Ilocos Norte. The wind farm uses 30 units of 60-meter high Vestas wind turbines, arranged on a single row stretching along a three-kilometer shoreline off Bangui Bay, facing the South China Sea.
Photo credit: John Ryan Cordova
Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Cojuangco Aquino III (born February 8, 1960) was a Senator and current President of the Philippines. Aquino is the only son of former President Corazon Aquino and former Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr., and the brother of TV host and actress Kris Aquino. A graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, he was wounded by rebel soldiers in a failed coup attempt during his mother's presidency. In 1998, he was elected to the House of Representatives as Representative of the 2nd district of Tarlac province in the 11th Congress of the Philippines. He was subsequently re-elected to the House in 2001 and 2004. In 2007, having been barred from running for re-election to the House due to term limit, he was elected to the Senate in the 14th Congress of the Philippines.
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