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Famous Persons coming from the Philippines

It is not like the west where some people become famous through a big divorce case, as in the Philippines there are really few cases of people having a divorce in the Philippines.

It is not like the west where some people become famous through a big divorce case, as in the Philippines there are really few cases of people having a divorce in the Philippines.

Who is the most famous person coming from the Philippines. Well perhaps at the moment the most well-known name is the boxer Manny Pacquino. But who else can be named as a global celebrity?

It is not like the west where some people become famous through a big divorce case, as in the Philippines there are really few cases of people having a divorce in the Philippines.

So who else? Singer Charice? Lou Diamond Phillips or even at a push Bruno Mars, although he was not born in the Philippines at all. The Philippine sis full of talent and as a nation of beautiful singers it is hard to believe that not many have ever made a global impact on the world of singing. Even more strange when you consider that the country speaks and sings in perfect English too.

Most people when talking about the politics of the country will mention the self-acclaimed king and queen of the 1970s Imelda Marcos and her president husband. Some would call them the worse dictators and others would say they were visionaries for the country.

The truth is that it is hard to find a list of recognisable names  from the Philippines that would be well known outside the country. In some public schools children get told that the man who invented the Lunar Rover was Filipino.

Switch on the Light

Some are told that the man that made or invented the florescent light bulbs was Filipino 1857, the French physicist Alexandre E. Becquerel who had investigated the phenomena of fluorescence and phosphorescence, theorized about the building of fluorescent tubes similar to those made today.

American, Peter Cooper Hewitt (1861-1921) patented (U.S. patent 889,692) the first mercury vapour lamp in 1901. The low pressure mercury arc lamp of Peter Cooper Hewitt is the very first prototype of today’s modern fluorescent lights.

Edmund Germer (1901 – 1987) who invented a high pressure vapour lamp, also invented an improved fluorescent lamp. In 1927, Edmund Germer co-patented an experimental fluorescent lamp with Friedrich Meyer and Hans Spanner. Agapito Flores was born in Guiguinto, Bulacan, Philippines on September 28, 1897. He worked as an apprentice in a machine shop and later moved to Tondo, Manila where he trained at a vocational school to become an electrician.

It has been reported that Agapito Flores received a French patent for a fluorescent bulb and that the General Electric Company bought Flores’ patent rights and manufactured and sold his fluorescent bulb (making millions from it). However, all the inventors named above and more predate Agapito Flores’ possible work on any fluorescent bulb.

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Meet a beautiful Filipina

It is not like the west where some people become famous through a big divorce case, as in the Philippines there are really few cases of people having a divorce in the Philippines.

It is not like the west where some people become famous through a big divorce case, as in the Philippines there are really few cases of people having a divorce in the Philippines.

Meet a beautiful Filipina and fall in love straight away. And why would you not? The beauty of the Philippine race is known globally. With their mixture of Malay, Filpino and Spanish and other European mixes it is no wonder that the beauty of the Filipina is known globally. Many men come to the Philippines and fall in love with the beauty and the gentle and passive ways of the Filipinas, and in many cases a long-term relationship develops and the word marriage is brought up.

But many Filipinas are already married and cannot get a divorce in the Philippines or an annulment either. The cost and time required to have annulment is beyond most financially, and therefore the marriage continues without love and sometimes with violence. The divorce bill stagnates in the legal system and for the moment divorce in the Philippines continues to be a dream for most Filipinas.

 

Divorcing from her ex

But if you know how and have the right contacts it is very possible to obtain a fully legal divorce for your Filipina girlfriend. It is not well advertised and kept off the radar as not to offend the church and the control it has over most of the Roma Catholic population of the country. Be that said Divorce can be had in the Philippines.

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Sing the Anthem of the Philippines

Even in 2013, despite the years under American rule the country still suffers huge poverty, corruption, squalor and the basics of divorce in the Philippines are not really possible to the masses. The country loves everything American, but does not have the money or infrastructure to make it real.

Even in 2013, despite the years under American rule the country still suffers huge poverty, corruption, squalor and the basics of divorce in the Philippines are not really possible to the masses. The country loves everything American, but does not have the money or infrastructure to make it real.

The National anthem of the Philippines is played in most public places once a week and people stand still or sing along. I use to do the same, but in the west we seem to have lost our national pride where the Pinoys have not. The anthem has the following English translation

Land of the morning
Child of the sun returning
With fervor burning
Thee do our souls adore.

Land dear and holy,
Cradle of noble heroes,
Ne’er shall invaders
Trample thy sacred shores.

Ever within thy skies and through thy clouds
And o’er thy hills and seas;
Do we behold thy radiance, feel the throb
Of glorious liberty.

Thy banner dear to all hearts
Its sun and stars alright,
Oh, never shall its shining fields
Be dimmed by tyrants might.

Julian Felipe

The national anthem, “Lupang Hinirang” was composed by Julian Felipe on June 12, 1898 for the Independence from the Spanish, after the Spanish had lost the war to the Americans. After 327 years under Spanish rule, the Spanish-American War ended the Spanish colonial period. The Filipinos thought that they won independence in 1898.  But that was a wishful thinking! The Philippines was controlled by the Americans from 1900-1942. Then a short Japanese occupation period 1942-1945 followed, before  the Americans defeated the Japanese army. Freedom at last! In 1946 the people of the Philippines attained their independence, 148 years later than the freedom which was written down by Julian Felipe in the “Lupang Hinirang”.

Even in 2013, despite the years under American rule the country still suffers huge poverty, corruption, squalor and the basics of divorce in the Philippines are not really possible to the masses. The country loves everything American, but does not have the money or infrastructure to make it real.

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Philipinnes has TWO Flags

1945 saw the Philippines devastated by the war with over a million Filipinos dead during the battle with the Japanese, and many thousands of those were killed by bombs from American bombers who had decided to bomb Manila to get rid of Japanese invaders. The process killed thousands and thousands of innocent Filipinos too.

1945 saw the Philippines devastated by the war with over a million Filipinos dead during the battle with the Japanese, and many thousands of those were killed by bombs from American bombers who had decided to bomb Manila to get rid of Japanese invaders. The process killed thousands and thousands of innocent Filipinos too.

The flag of the Philippines goes back to 1898 when the Spanish gave up the Philippines after a quick sale of $20 million to the Americans. Unfortunately the full independence did not arrive until after World War Two in 1946. Even so long after the Spanish influence had gone the Philippines still suffered some strange anomalies like having no divorce in the Philippines, apart from  some areas of Mindanao.

The symbols of the flag are an eight rayed sun with three golden stars. It also has a red stripe, blue stripe and a white triangle.

The Sun element of the flag represents the beginning of a new era of self-determination. The eight rays on the sun stand for the eight provinces that rose in revolt against Spanish rule in the late 19th century.

The 3 stars stand for the 3 principal geographic areas of the country; Luzon, the Visayas and the Island of Mindanao. The colour white represents peace and purity and the red stripe represents courage and bravery with the blue stripe for noble ideals.

Time For War

One unique aspect of the flag is that the Philippines have a flag for peacetime and a flag for wartime. The flag showed above is, let us hope, the one we’ll see always. Blue on the top stands for peacetime. In wartime the flag will have the red stripe on the top. Maybe we should have a similar flag for relationships outside the house before we have to get a divorce in the Philippines.

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Communicating in the Philippines can start Divorce Proceedings

Well, they are not. I have often come across glaring errors in not just spelling but context too. Imagine getting something wrong with an amusements or a divorce in the Philippines legal document?

Well, they are not. I have often come across glaring errors in not just spelling but context too. Imagine getting something wrong with an anuulments or a divorce in the Philippines legal document?

Communication in the Philippines should be easy should it not as everyone knows English? The majority of signs and legal documents are in English. If you need an annulment or divorce in the Philippines , everything is IN ENGLISH. So, that’s OK?

Well having been here many years the level of English is baffling to me. Although most people watch U.S. TV and listen to radio in the style of U.S. radio it does not mean most people are comfortable in s[peaking it.

There is no gender in the Tagalog language of the Philippines, so when your Pinoy friend speaks to you about a person the gender will change in mid conversation causing your eyebrows to rise and cam lead to some fascinating misunderstandings. Add to that there are around 171 languages spoken around the Philippines, it is easy to see why translations from any of those into English is open to misrepresentation.

Can I Read That Again?

If you are dealing with attorneys or any official organisations it is easy to assume that they are going to be accurate in their documentations. Well, they are not. I have often come across glaring errors in not just spelling but context too. Imagine getting something wrong with an annulements or a divorce in the Philippines legal document?

Simple things like the pronunciation of the word towel will cause a road block. Even when it is finally repeated back and understood you realise that your English and the local English can be miles apart, and this slows down and limits what you can achieve on a daily basis.

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Philippines and Celebrities

. There is no divorce in the Philippines, but if you are really rich you can get annulments with huge pay-outs. High profile cases include the presidents sister Cris Aquino who  has a very public battle with her husband

. There is no divorce in the Philippines, but if you are really rich you can get annulments with huge pay-outs. High profile cases include the presidents sister Cris Aquino who has a very public battle with her husband

For most westerners coming to the Philippines and seeing the value that most Filipinos have on “celebrities”, it will appear very strange. Huge pockets of the population live on starvation rations and yet will watch the TV Soaps and seem to know everything about the actors or actresses and will talk about their wealth and shopping trips to Hong Kong by private planes.

The distribution of wealth in the Philippines is still a scandal. There is no divorce in the Philippines, but if you are really rich you can get annulments with huge pay-outs. High profile cases include the presidents sister Kris Aquino who  has a very public battle with her husband.

Dollars and No Divorce

If you have a few thousand dollars you can get an annulment after a few years, but for most the simple truth is that there is not a easy way to get split from an unfaithful or loveless relationship. Therefore it is very easy to see a blind acceptance of men having other women and other families, if only divorce in the Philippines was allowed!

Marrying a foreigners is often the only way out of poverty for most Filipinos, but if they (Filipina) is already married this will put a huge financial and time burden on the foreigner to get the marriage annulled. But for certain parts of the population there is a legal divorce system.

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Philippines Population Explosion

Over the last few years there has been many pushes to bring divorce to the Philippines, and with the younger generation now being more educated via the internet, the younger people are in much favour of the divorce rules being changed.

Over the last few years there has been many pushes to bring divorce to the Philippines, and with the younger generation now being more educated via the internet, the younger people are in much favour of the divorce rules being changed.

Between 1990 and 2008 the population of the Philippines grew by nearly 50 per cent. There are now over 100 million people living in the Philippines with a further eleven million estimated to be working overseas. The vast majority of the population live on the main island of Luzon.

Luzon contains the capital City of Manila and boasts a thriving business district of Makati. When in Makati you can think you are in Singapore or New York. But despite the similarities there are some huge differences too. For example there is no Divorce in the Philippines. Well, that’s not strictly true, but if you ask most Filipinos they will tell you that there is absolutely no Divorce in the Philippines.

Muslim Divorce

 

Dig into the subject further and you will find that there is a system of Divorce in the Philippines that is under control of the Muslim court system and recognised by the authorities. These Sharia law courts run almost independently from the rest of the Republic of the Philippines, and they seem to sit well in the fact there can sometimes be two legal systems.

Over the last few years there has been many pushes to bring divorce to the Philippines, and with the younger generation now being more educated via the internet, the younger people are in much favour of the divorce rules being changed. After all 70 per cent of the populations meridian age is 23.

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Spanish who took over the Philippines

1945 saw the Philippines devastated by the war with over a million Filipinos dead during the battle with the Japanese, and many thousands of those were killed by bombs from American bombers who had decided to bomb Manila to get rid of Japanese invaders. The process killed thousands and thousands of innocent Filipinos too.

1945 saw the Philippines devastated by the war with over a million Filipinos dead during the battle with the Japanese, and many thousands of those were killed by bombs from American bombers who had decided to bomb Manila to get rid of Japanese invaders. The process killed thousands and thousands of innocent Filipinos too.

It was the Spanish who took over the Philippines in 1565 to 1821 and the country is named after the King of Spain King Philippe, hence Philippines. It was during this time that the people of the Philippines were forced to become Roman Catholic. There was a brief handover of power to the British for two years who captured Manila, but it went back to Spain after that two years.

Divorce in the Philippines is not easily available to the masses thanks to the huge influence of the Catholic Church and its ongoing influence over the governments over all the years, and even up to today the church is extremely powerful.

Good Bye To Spain

In 1898 the Spanish handed over the country for $20 million to the United States of America after losing the Spanish-American war. This meant that the Spanish rule was over, and now the Americans arrived and brought education and to the masses. But in all the time the Americans were in the Philippines ruling, they never changed the laws on Divorce in the Philippines. It is a wonder why this was not done.

1945 saw the Philippines devastated by the war with over a million Filipinos dead during the battle with the Japanese, and many thousands of those were killed by bombs from American bombers who had decided to bomb Manila to get rid of Japanese invaders. The process killed thousands and thousands of innocent Filipinos too.

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Over One Hundred Million People and No Divorce?

. If only the Philippines would take on the fairer and cost effective solution of making divorce in the Philippines more widely known?

. If only the Philippines would take on the fairer and cost effective solution of making divorce in the Philippines more widely known?

There are nearly over 100 million people now living in the Philippines and the country stands as the twelfth most populated country in the world. Out of those 100 million people only 38 million people are officially working, and most of these people in the agriculture industry get paid very little.

A domestic person “living in” can earn about a $100 a month. There is very little hope of people moving out of this sort of financial trap, as the schooling in the Philippines struggles to keep up with the western standards, and some time the teachers do not get paid for months.

Domestic bliss is not here either

Despite the fact that Divorce in the Philippines is not commonly known, most people in so called “normal” jobs cannot even afford the alternative of annulments. An annulment can take many years and cost more than an average family could ever dream of affording. An annulment even if successful causes many legal future issues, especially if children and property is involved.

Children can become technical “bastards” under this system which does not bode well for their future legal status. If only the Philippines would take on the fairer and cost effective solution of making divorce in the Philippines more widely known?

 

 

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