Philippines Abbreviations

PH is the abbreviation for Philippines, the 72nd largest country in the world. Officially the Republic of the Philippines, Philippines is a country located in Asia. Manila is the capital city of Philippines. Major cities include Quezon City (population: 2,761,709), Manila (population: 1,599,989), Caloocan City (population: 1,499,989), Budta (population: 1,273,704), Davao City (population: 1,212,493), Malingao (population: 1,121,963), Cebu City (population: 798,623), General Santos (population: 679,577), Taguig (population: 644,462), and Pasig (population: 617,290).

Country Profile

  • Capital: Manila
  • Language: Filipino, English
  • Area: 300,000 km2
  • Population: 100,981,426
  • Currency: Peso (₱) (PHP)
  • Time zone: UTC+8
  • Calling code: 63
  • ISO 2-Letter Abbreviation: PH
  • UN 3-Letter Abbreviation: PHL
  • Internet TLD: .ph
  • State Government Website:

Map of Philippines

List of Philippines Acronyms

The most commonly used abbreviations about Philippines are PH which stands for Philippines and PHP which means Peso (Philippines currency). In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Philippines, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.

PH: Philippines

Abbreviation Meaning
AUP Adventist University of the Philippines
ALFI Alliance for the Family Foundation Philippines Inc
ASCAP Allied Suppliers Credit Association of the Philippines
ABAP Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines
AFPN American Forces Philippines Network (former AFRTS network in the Philippine Islands
ATP Amkor Technology Philippines, Inc
AFP Armed Forces of the Philippines
AAP Art Association of the Philippines
ACPI Asaba Components Philippines, Inc.
AMOSUP Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines
ANTEP Association for Non-Traditional Education in the Philippines
ACUP Association of Catholic Universities of the Philippines
ACPPI Association of Chiefs of Police of the Philippines, Inc.
AFAD Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers of the Philippines, Inc
APTP Association of Paper Traders of the Philippines, Inc.
APMI Australasian Philippines Mining, Inc.
BCD Bacolod, Philippines – Bacolod
BNQ Baganga, Philippines
BAG Baguio, Philippines
BYPASS Ballet Philippines
BP Ballet Philippines
BAGPIPE Ballet Philippines
BAP Banker’s Association of the Philippines
BSO Basco, Philippines
BAP Basketball Association of the Philippines
BMPAP Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines
BSP Boy Scouts of the Philippines
BCCHRP British Columbia Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
BIMP Brunei Darassalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines
BIMP-EAGA Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines – East Asean Growth Area
BIMP-EAGA Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East-Asian Growth Area
BICSP Building Industry Consulting Service Philippines
BOAP Bus Operators Association of the Philippines
BPAP Business Processing Association of the Philippines
BXU Butuan, Philippines – Butuan
CCAFP Cadet Corps Armed Forces of the Philippines
CGY Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
CDY Cagayan de Sulu, Philippines
CYP Calbayog, Philippines
CCCP Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
CBCP Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines
CEB Cebu, Philippines – International
CERV Center for Volunteerism in the Philippines
CERV Center for Volunteerism in the Philippines, Incorporated
CBP Central Bank of the Philippines
CCP Central Colleges of the Philippines
CAMPI Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc.
CPPI Chamber of Pawnbrokers of the Philippines, Inc.
CHAP Childhope Asia Philippines
CYFP Children and Youth Foundation of the Philippines
CBCP Christian Bible Church of the Philippines
CRCP Christian Reformed Church in the Philippines
CRANK Clark Field, Luzon Island, Philippines
CRK Clark Field, Luzon Island, Philippines
CLP Coalition of Landowners of the Philippines
CCBP Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines., Inc.
CPI Colibria Philippines, Inc.
CEGP College Editors Guild of the Philippines
CHRP Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
CPP Communist Party of the Philippines
CCP Communist Party of the Philippines
CESP Comparative Education Society of the Philippines
CFGP Consumers Federated Groups of the Philippines, Inc.
CFPI Cooperative Foundation Philippines, Inc.
CISP Cooperative Insurance System of the Philippines
XCN Coron, Philippines
CBO Cotabato, Philippines
CHAP Council of Health Agencies of the Philippines
CCP Cultural Center of the Philippines
CYU Cuyo, Philippines
DVO Davao, Philippines – Mati
DPMI Del Monte Philippines Inc.
DAP Development Academy of the Philippines
DBP Development Bank of the Philippines
DPL Dipolog, Philippines – Dipolog
DKT DKT Philippines, Inc.
DMPI DoloMatrix Philippines Incorporated
ETPI Eastern Telecommunications Philippines Inc.
ECPI EasyCall Communications Philippines Inc.
ESP Ecological Society of the Philippines
EPHI EDSA Properties Holdings, Inc. (est. 1987; Philippines)
EMIP Emergency Management Institute of the Philippines
ECOP Employers Confederation of the Philippines
EENP Environmental Education Network of the Philippines
ECCP European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines
FCAP FCTC Alliance, Philippines
FAAP Federation of Accrediting Associations of the Philippines
FCSSP Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines
FTIP Federation of Tourism Industries of the Philippines
FINEX Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines
FASAP Flight Attendants’ and Stewards’ Association of the Philippines
FCAP Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines
FTSP Fujitsu Ten Solutions Philippines, Inc.
FEAP Furukawa Electric Autoparts Philippines, Inc
GES General Santos, Philippines
GSP Girl Scouts of the Philippines
GFP Green Forum Philippines
HFHP Habitat for Humanity Philippines
HPI Holcim Philippines, Inc.
HAPI Home Accents Group of the Philippines
HCP Honda Club of the Philippines
HRAP Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines
IXC ICA -Xavier Connection (Philippines; online group)
ILO Iloilo, Philippines – Mandurriao
IFCP Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of the Philippines
IMPA Indo-Malay Philippines Archipelago
IPAP Industrial Pharmacist Association of the Philippines
ITFP Information Technology Foundation of the Philippines
INARP Institute for Non-Clinical Approach Research Philippines
IBP Integrated Bar of the Philippines
IMAP Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines, Inc.
IPAP Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines
IPCP Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines
IMMAP Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines
IPP Islamic Party of the Philippines
JPEPA Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement
JYP Jerry Yan Philippines
JOL Jolo, Philippines
KLO Kalibo, Philippines – Kalibo
KOP Khan Online Philippines
LHPI Lafarge Holdings Philippines, Inc.
LBP Land Bank of the Philippines
LERAP Law Enforcement Riders Association of the Philippines
LTSP League of Tourism Students of the Philippines
LMCP Legal Management Council of the Philippines
LGP Legaspi, Philippines – Legaspi
LPH Lepidoptera of the Philippines
LBX Lubang, Philippines
LP Lyceum of the Philippines
MBO Mamburao, Philippines
MERALCO Manila Electric Rail and Light Company (now Manila Electric Company, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines)
MANUAL Manila, Philippines – Ninoy Aquino International
MNL Manila, Philippines – Ninoy Aquino International
MRQ Marinduque, Philippines
MEFP Marriage Encounter Foundation of the Philippines
MLPP Marxist-Leninist Party of the Philippines
MTIAPI Medical Transcription Industry Association of the Philippines, Inc.
MAP Motorcycle Advocates of the Philippines
MAPER Motorcycle Advocates of the Philippines
FMPI Mountaineering Federation of the Philippines
MFPI Mountaineering Federation of the Philippines, Inc.
MOP Mu Online Philippines
MMPH Mymitsu Philippines
NBCP National Building Code of the Philippines
NCBP National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines
NCCP National Council of Churches in the Philippines
NEAP National Educators Academy of the Philippines
NFMCP National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines
NCJP Network of Campus Journalists of the Philippines
NCP Nutrition Center of the Philippines
OTAP Occupational Therapy Association of the Philippines
OHPS ORT Health Plus Scheme (Philippines)
PNNI Palawan NGO Network, Inc. (est. 1991; Palawan, Philippines)
PCIP Panasonic Communications Imaging Corporation of the Philippines
PHAP Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines
PGPI Philex Gold Philippines, Inc.
PH Philippines
PHL Philippines
RP Philippines
PACT Philippines Against Child Trafficking
PASFIS Philippines Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Information System
PAGASA Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration
PATVEP Philippines Australia Technical and Vocational Education Project
PAUL Philippines Australia Union Link
PDOT Philippines Department of Tourism
PPGD Philippines Plan for Gender Responsive Development
PHS Philippines Stock Exchange
PNTM Philippines’ Next Top Model
PASN Philippines-Australia Studies Network
PCDF Philippines-Canada Development Fund
PAP Philosophical Association of the Philippines
PUP Polytechnic University of the Philippines
PPP Press Photographers of the Philippines
PGPI Prime Gaming Philippines, Inc.
POPI Prime Orion Philippines, Inc.
PIAP Printing Industries Association of the Philippines
PTP Priston Tale Philippines
PROMAP Production and Operations Management Association of the Philippines
PGAP Professional Golfers Association of the Philippines
PRP Project Runway Philippines
PLLP Protestant Lawyers League of the Philippines
PBMLP Provincial Board Members’ League of the Philippines
PFIP Public Finance Institute of the Philippines
PPS Puerto Princesa, Philippines – Puerto Princesa
QSDPH Queen Seon Deok Philippines
RCPI Radio Communications of the Philippines, Inc.
RPN Radio Philippines Network
RVM Religious of the Virgin Mary, Philippines
RP Republic of the Philippines
ROP Republic of the Philippines
RAP Restroom Association of the Philippines
RRTS Road RORO Terminal System (shipping; Philippines)
RLDP Rohm LSI Design Philippines (ROHM Co., Ltd.)
RXS Roxas City, Philippines
SOPI Safety Organization of the Philippines, Inc.
SFE San Fernando, Philippines
SJI San Jose, Philippines – McGuire Field
SGP Screenwriters Guild of the Philippines
SEIPI Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc.
ICO Sicogon Island, Philippines
SIMP Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines
SOAP Slaughterhouse Operators Association of the Philippines
SDAP Soap and Detergent Association of the Philippines
SPPP Society of Portrait Photographers of the Philippines
SEAISI South East Asian Iron and Steel Institute (Philippines)
SPCPD Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development
SPDA Southern Philippines Development Authority
SPFL Southern Philippines Federation of Labor
SCAP Sporting Clays Association of the Philippines
SRAP Squash Rackets Association of the Philippines
SUGGEST Surigao, Philippines
SUG Surigao, Philippines
SPI Syngenta Philippines Inc.
SPI Sysware Philippines Inc
TBH Tablas, Philippines
TAC Tacloban, Philippines – Dz Romualdez
TAG Tagbilaran, Philippines – Tagbilaran
TIP Technological Institute of the Philippines
TUP Technological University of the Philippines
TUPV Technological University of the Philippines Visayas
TIPI Texas Instruments Philippines
TIPS Thailand-Indonesia-Philippines-Singapore
TMPI Toyota Motor Philippines, Inc.
TSPI Tsukiden Software Philippines, Inc.
UGAT Union of Growers and Traders of Onions in the Philippines
UJP Union of Journalists of the Philippines
UUCP Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines
UAP United Architects of the Philippines
UCCP United Church of Christ in the Philippines
UAAP University Athletic Association of the Philippines
UEP University of Eastern Philippines
UNEP University of Northeastern Philippines
UNP University of Northern Philippines
USP University of Southern Philippines
UP University of the Philippines
UPM University of the Philippines – Manila
UPM University of the Philippines – Mindanao
UPAK University of the Philippines Association of Karate
UPCA University of the Philippines College of Agriculture
UPCC University of the Philippines Concert Chorus
UPV University of the Philippines in the Visayas
UPLC University of the Philippines Law Center
UPLB University of the Philippines Los Baños
UPMAS University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society
UPM University of the Philippines Mountaineers
UPSE University of the Philippines School of Economics
UPSA University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors
UPD University of the Philippines-Diliman
UPI Unocal Philippines, Inc
UNAC Upland NGO Assistance Committee (resource management assistance consortium; Philippines)
UMPC Usui Metals Philippines Corporation
VPAP Veterinary Practitioners Association of the Philippines
VCP Vios Club Philippines
VRC Virac, Philippines
WPPP Wedding and Portrait Photographers of the Philippines
WMCP Western Mining Corporation Philippines, Inc.
WBCP Wild Bird Club of the Philippines
WBCP Women’s Business Council Philippines
ZAM Zamboanga, Philippines – Zamboanga Airport


The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,100 islands. Most of the land mass on the largest islands consists of mountain areas and plateaus, with few lowland areas. The islands have more than 20 active volcanoes, and are located in the middle of the typhoon belt, which covers the entire western part of the Pacific. In addition to severe tropical storms, the islands are often affected by natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The climate is tropical, with extremely high humidity and high temperatures throughout the year. Monsoons affect the rainfall: in the period from June to November there is rainy season with constant wind from the west, the rest of the year it is dry and cool with wind from the east.

The Philippines is struggling with many of the environmental problems affecting poor countries around the world: deforestation, lack of clean drinking water and high air pollution. In addition, more than half of the coral reefs of the islands are damaged or damaged by spills and fisheries. The ocean surrounding the islands probably has the largest marine species diversity in the world, and the fish and coral species that live here are threatened by environmental problems.


The islands that are today the Philippines were originally settled by Australian-Melanesian peoples via a land bridge several thousand years ago. From the 8th century the islands had cultural and economic contact with China in particular, in addition to Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia. Muslim traders, and eventually also missionaries, converted many Filipinos to Islam in the 13th century.

The first western contact with the Philippines came when explorer Ferdinand Magellan visited the islands in 1521. Spain colonized the islands in the 16th century, and then ruled the Philippines for more than 300 years. The Spaniards converted the population to the Catholic Church, built roads and simple industry, and gave the islands a Latin mark that is still noticeable. The Spanish government lasted until 1898, when the United States took over after the Spanish-American war and a brief war against the residents.

The Philippines was an American colony until World War II, when the islands were occupied by Japan, before the country became an independent state in 1946. The years after independence were marked by chaos and political turmoil. In 1965, Ferdinand Marcos came to power, ruling the country in an increasingly dictatorial manner until he was deposed during a coup in 1986.

Society and politics

The Philippines is a presidential republic where the president is both head of state and government. The President can only sit for one six-year term. In the Philippines, political parties are built around strong individual politicians, rather than the parties being strong organizations. It is quite common for politicians to change parties by electoral defeat, and parties are often formed and dissolved. Politics is now more stable than ever since independence, despite coup attempts and other political crises on a regular basis.

For more than 30 years, the authorities have been fighting against a communist guerrilla army in the north, and Muslim guerrilla separatists in the south, and all parties to the conflicts have committed grave human rights violations. The Philippines is today a divided society, where a small upper class both governs the country and sits on most of the income, while large sections of the population live in poverty. In addition, incumbent President Duterte has waged a war on drugs that has led to more than 22,000 extrajudicial killings since 2016.

Economics and Commerce

In the 1960s, the Philippines was the second richest country in Asia, after Japan. Two decades under the dictator Marcos’ rule greatly contributed to the country not developing further with the other Southeast Asian countries. After a good period of growth in the 1990s, the country was hit by the Asian financial crisis in 1997, and only in recent years has the Philippines experienced steady economic growth. However, the country is very dependent on foreign loans.

Agriculture, fishing and forestry have long been the most important sectors of the country’s economy. Now the service sector and the manufacturing industry are more important. Outsourcing, for example, foreign IT companies moving their customer support and development to the Philippines, is becoming a more and more important part of the Philippines economy.

The main export goods are electrical and electronic products. Increased privatization of companies that, under Marcos’ rule, was state-owned has contributed to increased investment from abroad. The country’s most important trading partners are China, Japan and the United States. Nearly 10 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is money sent home from Filipinos working abroad (2013).

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