Updated at 2022-02-27
Former President of the Philippines, Mr. Fidel Valdez Ramos, is a close friend of Taiwan. His father served as an ambassador to Taiwan, which put Ramos in a unique position to cultivate an affinity for Taiwan and forge strong relationships with high-ranking politicians and entrepreneurs, including the former Chairman of CTBC Financial Holding, Mr. Jeffrey Koo Sr., and former Vice President of Taiwan, Mr. Vincent Siew. After stepping down from office in 1998, Mr. Ramos actively visited various countries. He became a spokesperson of sorts of the Philippines, later gaining the title Icebreaker of the South China Sea. In a show of appreciation, Taiwanese merchants operating in South Asia organized the first Taiwan-Philippines Friendship Golf Tournament in 2009. Mr. Ramos himself appeared at the event in support. From 2009 and 2017, Mr. Ramos personally led delegations to Taiwan every year. The 7th FVR Cup Commemorative Cap design centerson the Flags of Taiwan and the Philippines and symbolizes the deep friendship of the two countries bound tightly by Mr. Ramos.
Flag: The Philippine flag has an equilateral triangle, symbolizing the aspirations of peace and tranquility of the Philippine people. At each vertex of the triangle is a star, representing the three main island groups in the Philippine—Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. To the right of the triangle are two equal bands of blue and red. The blue represents loyalty and patriotism, and the red represents courage and national pride.
Philippines Independence Day: June 12
Official Languages: English and Tagalog
Capital: National Capital Region (a.k.a. Metro Manila) consists of 17 cities, including the City of Manila.
Area: 328,000 square kilometers
Population: Over 110 million (Q4 2020)
Currency: Philippine peso
Political System: Presidential system, three branches of government