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Jacko: Long time no see! @ask-felipinas​, nice to see you here buddy, our last encounter I presume was during your birthday when I gave you an impaled pig

Highlight of the important aspects within Phil/Aus relations, included with a brief perusal about their history.

Philippines and Australian Relations

Australia and the Philippines within the past 70 years of diplomatic relations (which can be traced back during  1946) , has developed a mature and wide-ranging partnership since the establishment of diplomatic relations. The partnership between the two, grounded in shared values of democracy, respect for human rights and the adherence to the rule of law. Australia and the Philippine’s long-standing trade and the continued expansion of our people-to-people will further progress within the future as positive changes will hopefully occur to further strengthen and benefit both countries relations.

Early History:

The earliest links between the Philippines and Australia was suggested to be during the Spanish explorations within the Pacific. One of the bodies of water that connected the Philippines and Australia was referred as the Torres Strait. The inhabitants of the Torres Strait were stated to be of Melanesian descent, they were different from Aboriginal Australians residing on mainland Australia

After the occurrence of ww2, the 1949 War-time Refugees Removal Act forced the deportation of Filipinos and several other Asians who had fled during the Japanese invasions. However, the relaxation of the White Australia Policy in the 1950s saw the arrival of Filipino students under the Colombo Plan. Some skilled professionals and tradesmen were recruited from the Philippines to work in Australia.

Filipino immigration increased drastically within the 1970s, as the population of just 467 increased significantly to 1971 and a whopping 3,455 just a decade afterwards. Within the end of the White Australia Policy (1973)  Filipino immigration was no longer restricted, and the declaration of martial law in the Philippines during the previous year caused many filipinos to consider migration, many seeking for an opportunity to find new life within  Australia. Two factors were suggested onto understanding the basis of early filipino immigration, the first states that Australian immigration policies were liberalised in 1973. The second suggestion implied that there were political and economic uncertainties within the Philippines after President Marcos declared martial law within 1972, which resulted to suspending the Philippine constitution and imprisoning his opponents. The following afterwards, the world oil crisis occurred which negatively impacted the Philippines, the crises has resulted to poor living/economic conditions, this  prompted many Filipinos to emigrate. In regards towards migration, The Australian government has established various laws affecting Filipinos residing within Australia. The Employers Sanction Act (ESA) penalizes the employment of illegal migrants. Whilst the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has established international agreements with Australia, there are no bilateral migration agreements regarding towards the two (PH & AUS), bilateral negotiations with South Australia and the Philippines have been concluded but not officially signed.

During March 1942 General Douglas MacArthur, who was originally supposed to become the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in the South-West Pacific Area, fled from the Philippines to Australia. General Douglas landed at Batchelor, within the Northern Territory, during the journey he stopped at Terowrie, South Australia.

You may have heard of the lines which goes by:

“The President of the United States ordered me to break through the Japanese lines and proceed from Corregidor to Australia for the purpose, as I understand it, of organising an American offensive against Japan, the primary purpose of which is the relief of the Philippines. I came through and I will return.”

The shortened catchphrase ’I shall return’ became MacArthur’s most famous words.

The liberation of the Philippines commenced within the 20th of October 1944 when American troops  landed on the Leyte Island within the southern Philippines. The Australian Army was left out of this operation and this has led many Australians to believe that their fellow countrymen and women did not participate  to liberate the Philippines. In fact, people have secluded the fact that several thousands of Australian sailors, airmen and soldiers did serve in the Philippines. They were preceded even by a handful of Australian soldiers who had fought as guerrillas after escaping from Borneo to the Philippines two years earlier.

During the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines, Australia became the first Allied warship to unfortunately be struck by a kamikaze aircraft. Conventional enemy air attacks failed to halt the Allied landings on the Philippines. This then resulted the Japanese restoring the kamikaze tactics in which they would deliberately crash their Aircraft armed with high explosives, into Allied vessels. Kamikaze’s were piloted by men whom were prepared and willing to die for their emperor. Approximately more than 1000 Japanese aircraft were obliterated in kamikaze operations during the final months of the Pacific war.

Australians continued to serve in the Philippines until the war officially ended. Some RAAF squadrons were also based on Filipino islands to support Australian operations in Borneo. When the war officially came to a close, Australians were sent to the Philippines to assist and aid in the processing of prisoners of war returning from Japan on the way home to Australia.

Seventy years of diplomatic relations between Australia and the Philippines have deepened the ties between the two democracies. Australia and the Philippines have a long history of bilateral cooperation as Philippines and Australia  have at least 120 agreements solidly aimed to promote political, security, economic cooperation etc. The PAMM sets the direction and future visions of Philippines-Australia bilateral relations and serves as the forum to discuss initiatives to further strengthen the bilateral partnership  and to  ensure that both the potential and prospects of this Comprehensive Partnership are fully recognized and achieved, On 18 November 2015, the Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino met with Australia’s  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, They later signed the Joint Declaration on Philippines-Australia Comprehensive Partnership. This Declaration itself highlights  the significant importance of Philippine-Australia relations.

’ We will continue to work together to shape the future of the region and the broader global environment by supporting, reinforcing and strengthening regional institutions, particularly the Association of South East Asian Nations Australia will also help to support and implement the peace process in Mindanao, with an additional A$6 million (PHP 240 million) committed. It is hoped that finalisation of the Agreement will see greater peace and security for the Philippines, and greater prosperity for that region. ’ (JDPACP)

Anti-war and progressive groups within the Philippines have asked for Australia to support against a Status of Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between Australia and the Philippines. Filipino anti-war activists are concerned that a VFA with Australia will be used to help further repress liberation movements.

With a new Philippine government in place, the two have the opportunity to cooperate closely on strategic and developing issues. As the strategic environment of the region continues to evolve, Australia and the Philippines will be able to rely on each other to work on old and emerging issues that may potentially threaten them both.


Australia’s trade relationship with the Philippines is supported by the ASEAN Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA).  The total trade between the Philippines and Australia was valued at $4.1 billion within 2014 when AANZFTA entered into force. Major Australian exports to the Philippines include metal ores, copper ores, concentrates, beef, wheat etc.  Philippine alternative exports to Australia include heating or cooling equipment, electrical machinery etc

Services trade between Australia and the Philippines was worth at least $1.3 billion in 2014. Majority of Australia’s top service exports to the Philippines in 2014 were mostly education and personal travel related.

Philippines banana imports potentially endanger the Australian industry and wildlife

Banana imports from the Philippines were suggested to carry a number of diseases to Australia, Biosecurity Australia has expressed numerous of concerns regarding towards the banana imports entering the country. Their concerns contradicted with the fact that their previous decision made was to allow import of apples from New Zealand, which Fire Blight was stated to be endemic.

The Philippines has retorted back that Australia’s beef exports would be in jeopardy if the bananas imports were to be rejected (oooooo the tables have turned eh?).

Philippines signs mango export deal with Australia

Filipino mangoes have passed Australia’s incredibly high phytosanitary and quarantine measures. Manila has signed a trade agreement with Canberra for the export of Philippine mango varieties to Australia. Agriculture Undersecretary, Segfredo Serrano, and Australian Ambassador, Amanda Gorely, signed the the amended Specific Commodity Understand (SCU) for the importation to Australia of fresh mango fruit from the Philippines on October 27, 2016. Mangoes from Guimaras, Samal Islands and Davao del Sur, has made it’s appearance within the Australian market during June 8, 2013 and onwards

Within present terms

Australia is homed to over 250,000 people of Filipino heritage, there are over 10,000 Filipino students enrolled in Australian universities and vocational institutions etc. There are numerous amount of Filipino communities within Australia and Filipino related events occurring yearly (e.g sinulog, filipino-australian pageant competitions, multi cultural events) which majority, are hosted by Filipino communities. Filipinos are currently the third largest Asian Australian immigrant group, and Filipino-Australians are the fifth-largest subgroup of Overseas Filipinos. Queensland hosts Australia’s third-largest Filipino Australian population, after New South Wales then followed by Victoria.

Fast food:

Jollibee, the Filipino fast food giant is bringing its menu down under. The first Filipino fast food store is expected to open in 2017 (next year ;) ) 

Honestly, this is Jacko as a jollibee mascot though: 

((the process of creating this and finding an appropriate video accompanied with the absurd title-..there’s a kid witnessing this.))

Sorry, another Hetalia post. But this is for my country's sake so...

GUYS IN THE PHILIPPINES TAG. dude forget my crappy google translate of what Himaruya said in his blog. Thankfully Hetalia archive translated it. So

> There were many new characters added to hetalia recently, but I’m probably the only one expecting the representation of the Order of Malta…

India and Vatican were requested pretty much from the start, also the highest demand seems to be for Philippines, Indonesia, Portugal, Malta, Scotland and Malaysia, so I feel like I should at least introduce these I guess?

Maraming salamat po![Thank you so much!] 

Huwag po nating kalimutan ang totoong dahilan kung bakit natin ito ipinagdiriwang….[Let us not forget the true reason as to why we celebrate this certain day…]

Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan po sa inyong lahat![Happy Independence Day to you all!]

frukmeupinside  asked:

wait... you're kidding right? what do you mean Himaruya is planning on designing the Philippines character? I didn't see it on his blog D:

It’s from his blog entry on his site. way back in 2011.

If you click on google translate, you’ll get this:

“India is one of those super-early demanded characters, as is the Vatican
After the Philippines, Indonesia, Portugal, Malta, Scotland, and Malaysia’s person. Should I introduce them now?”

There are already some sketches of Portugal, so sooner or later we’ll get Philippines. After all, he still has to make a lot of research before he makes a character. As long as he acknowledges the Philippines, he/she will bound to end up in the hetalia universe.



(( Hello everyone! So for almost 3 years, I’ve been trying to draw an OC for every province that constitute the following regions. I’ve done research using books, the internet, interviews with some of the people who have lived in the different regions at least, and interviewed history teachers whom I know are trustworthy ones, also my notes just to create every personification for each of them and not in a hurried or half-baked way. I know that they aren’t perfect, and some of you have other preferences that may not have been featured here. I would just like to share to everyone what I’ve concocted so far, and I don’t know, I’m just pretty dang happy I’m able to reach this achievement that I long thought to be just some kind of dream, hahaha.))

(( Thank you everyone for helping me! ;u; Thank you Lord for helping me keep up with this! ))

OH and additional notes:

I’ve only focused on the personification of the provinces and the capital chartered cities (Manila, Cebu, and Davao) of the 3 major regions of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Other cities are headcanon as body parts etc. Key Cities that once belonged to a province but got separated and have to stand on their own but still located inside the said provinces (like GenSan) are headcanon as a representative and a birthmark appears on the province they once belonged to.

Their heights are based on their area sizes and progress status.Also, they’re not created in the same year or months at least, so expect a few revisions of their present designs hahah;; But yeah, the revisions are pretty minor lang naman.