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The Philippines: Piecing Together a Jigsaw State

Philip Bowring
Wednesday, 27 Mar 2024
The HK Management Association, 14/F, Fairmont House, 8 Cotton Tree Drive, Central

The Philippines, a country of 115 million people and 7,500 islands, is one of Asia’s most fascinating countries.  Philip Bowring looks at the country and its issues and institutions today through the prisms of geography and history.

He shows how the Philippines as a country is unique in many ways, being an integral part of Austronesia, yet the most strategically important country in South East Asia.  He shows how strong local traditions are blended with Chinese, Indian, European and United States influences.  This runs all the way from the BC era, through various imported influences before the Spanish and then US occupations.
He shows how the Philippines’ geographical location and culture, have combined to make its modern history and geography – being none of Latin America, a Spanish convent nor Hollywood East, yet having similarities to all.

Philip Bowring is a British journalist and read History at Cambridge University, where he is a Fellow Commoner of St Catharine’s College.  He initially worked as a journalist in Australia, London and Africa.  He has been based in Hong Kong since 1973.  He has variously been a correspondent for the Financial Times, Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, Columnist for the International Herald Tribune and currently a correspondent for the South China Morning Post.  He is also an independent consultant on regional financial and political issues for Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Oxford Analytica and others.   He is author of several publications including his 2019 Penang Book Prize-winning Empire of the Winds: The Global Role of Asia’s Great Archipelago.

Members of the RGS-HK, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$200 for RGS Members and HK$250 for guests and others, including free-flow drinks. 


The opinions expressed in this talk are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of the Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong.

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