The Philippines and the People's Republic of China signed on 09 June 1975 the Joint Communique establishing diplomatic relations between them. Since then, relations between the two countries have evolved into one of the most important bilateral ties the Philippines has forged. The past twenty-five years bear witness to the increasing vibrancy of these relations.
Throughout the twenty-five years, the Philippines and China have exchanged high-level visits such as the State Visits to China of Philippine Presidents Ferdinand E. Marcos, Corazon C. Aquino, Fidel V. Ramos and Joseph Ejercito Estrada. Similarly, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, Premiers Zhao Ziyang, Li Peng, and Zhu Rongji visited the Philippines. These exchanges illustrate the significant strides already taken in the relationship between the two countries, a relationship firmly guided by the principles of mutual respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-aggression, non-interference in each other's internal affairs, and equality.
GMA Network, Inc. (formerly Republic Broadcasting System) began radio operations on March 1, 1950 and TV operations on October 29, 1961. From one radio station in 1950 and one TV station in 1960 in Manila, GMA will operate by the end of 1999 a total of 54 VHF TV stations, 30 UHF TV stations, and 63 AM radio and FM radio stations all over the country.
MANUEL A. ROXAS - He was born in Capiz on January 1, 1892. In 1913, he finished his law degree and passed the bar examination in the same year with highest honor. He became a municipal councilor, provincial governor, member of the lower house of the Philippine legislature and Speaker of the House for eleven years. During the Japanese occupation, he secretly helped the resistance movement. After liberation, he founded the Liberal Party. He became the President of the Philippines on July 4, 1946. After 29 years in public service, he died on April 15, 1948.
WORLD HERITAGE SITE - Paoay is located on a sandy plain, bounded by San Nicolas, Batac, Badoc and the sea. The blankets woven with hair by the women of Paoay were highly prized. Early documents refer to this town .as Bombay, the name which must have been the basis of the legend which hold that the very remote ancestors of the Paoayanos were settlers who had immigrated all the way from Bombay in India. Originally this town was a settlement located along the shores facing the China Sea. As early as 1593 this town was a Visita of Batac.
On 26 November 1899, the Reverend Jay C. Goodrich and his wife arrived in Manila after being appointed the first resident representative to carry out the vision of the American Bible Society (ABS) in the Philippines. ABS and the British and Foreign Bible Society (BFBS) were both involved in the Bible cause in the Philippines and in Korea. In 1919 it was mutually agreed that ABS would concentrate in the Philippines and BFBS in Korea. At that time the Philippine Bible Society was constituted as a national, autonomous Bible Society, succeeding ABS.
The beginnings of Philippines-Korea relations are rooted in the commitment of both countries to freedom and democracy and in their common desire for peace and development. These values have served to sustain the friendship and cooperation which have characterized their relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties on 3 March 1949.
Philippine relations with Thailand are among the oldest and most fruitful in Philippine history. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties on 14 June 1949, relations between the two countries have been characterized by cordiality, harmony, and dynamism
Orthopedic surgery as a specialty started in 1945 following the liberation of Manila by USAFFE,when hundreds of Filipinos were disabled by the war and were treated at the Philippine Civil Hospital. At that time General Basilio J. Valdes, Secretary of Health appointed Dr. Jose V. De Los Santos as the first Medical Director.