Current Date & Time: July 21, 2030, 7:00pm Manila Standard Time
It has been a long history since 1521 when the Portuguese established the discovery of the Pearl of the Orient in written documents. It has been a long story on how its citizens struggle against tyranny from foreign powers and even from its own cruel and dirty politics. A lot has changed by transitions from generations to generations. My country is now walking forward on the top of the world, of many nations! The shadows of corruption were dead and morality is now in the hands of justice, from the national government, to towns and cities and to even small communities. The REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES is no longer merely existing but is now creating an impact in the global economy! This is the Philippines! The Republic of the Philippines!
Since 2010s, the Philippine economy transformed from one-based agricultural economy to newly industrialized one. Electronics, automotive and outsourcing became important sectors in the development of the economy. A number of local names and icons become figures in the global competitions in various fields such as in food, medicine, business, education and transportation.
The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) became one to the top 20 major stock exchanges in the world on 2020 with about 1,300 billions USD. During 2010s, PSE has only two trading floors in the Philippines, in Makati CBD and Ortigas Center. But in 2015, another trading floors were opened in The Fort Global City and in Cebu City in the Visayas.
San Miguel Corporation, the largest publicly listed food, beverage and packaging company in the Philippines, now reached its products globally and its icon becomes known worldwide just like the famous trademark of Coca-Cola. Meanwhile, The Ayala Corporation continuously expands their projects to Metro Cebu and Davao with financial district developments and recreation infrastructures.
The central Metro Manila is now also dubbed as the inland Manhattan.
Large number of high-rise buildings and skyscrapers are notable in the area brought about by the continuous expansion of Makati Central Business District and Ortigas Center, with fast growing financial ground of Bonifacio Global City.
The Alphaland Bay City a major project by the Alphaland Corporation is located on an isthmus between between Manila Bay and Laguna de Bay. It is a complex for residential and commercial buildings with a world class Marina and Yatch Club. Its construction started on 2012 and finished on 2017, two years behind its target year, 2015.
The urban expansion of Metropolitan Manila creates an urban agglomeration known as the Greater Manila Area. Build-up areas continuously reached the cities of Lucena in the south and Angeles in the north. Since 2015, a number of municipalities in central and southern Luzon were transformed in to cities due to increasing economic trust brought about by local and foreign investments in the areas and some of these are the following: Cabuyao, San Pedro, Los Banos, Alaminos, Sta.Cruz and Pagsanjan (in Laguna Province); Bacoor, Imus, General Trias, Carmona, General Mariano Alvarez, Silang, Kawit and Rosario (in Cavite Province); Sto.Tomas, Malvar and Talisay (in Batangas Province); Sta. Maria, Bocaue, Meycauayan, Guiguinto and Obando (in Bulacan Province); Cainta, Taytay, Angono, and San Mateo (in Rizal Province); Sto. Tomas, Apalit, Mexico and Mabalacat (in Pampanga Province). These new cities are part of the Greater Manila Area. The original Metro Manila is still the administrative capital o the republic.
Supertall skyscrapers or buildings with more than 300 meters in height shaped the skyline of Metro Manila. These three structure in Makati and Ortigas are notable of its height surpassing the former tallest building in the Philippines, Gramercy.
The population growth rate of the country declined from 1.9 in 2011 down to 0.02 on 2020. According to the National Statistics Office (NSO), it was the first time in the Philippine recorded history to have a negative population growth rate which was experienced in three consecutive years of 2022, 2023 and 2024.
On 2025, the NSO declared population below poverty line in the Philippines reached down to 10%, very far from 2011’s 32%. This is due to the government’s effort for letting the economic development reach the provinces and giving more job opportunities for urban poor. This year 2030, NSO’s estimate about the population below poverty line is about 8.5%.
The Philippine per capita income has increased from $3500 (year 2011) to $18500 (year 2030).
The 2036 Summer Olympics will be hosted by the Philippines as announced by the International Olympic Committee during an Olympic Congress held in Brussels Belgium on October 22, 2027. The city of Manila will be the acclaimed host city but as a whole, this global sporting event will be held throughout the Greater Manila area with its metropolitan constituents.
The Manila Olympic Stadium, located in Sta.Rosa City near South Luzon Expressway , is currently under construction. It is planned to have 70,000 seating capacity. The location of the Olympic Complex will be in good proximity to South Luzon Expressway and Eton City, a 1000-hectare property which was one of the cores in the development in Southern Luzon.
Expressways become the main media for long-range non-rail land transportation in the country.
The South Luzon Expressway was extended to Bicol Region on 2018. From Sorsogon City, another limited access highway run its span from Bicol Regoin, Samar, Leyte, Mindanao, and ends in Davao City.
The North Luzon Expressway reached the city of Laoag in Ilocos Norte. NLEX was provided with an artery from La Union to Baguio City. The STAR Tollway from Batangas City was extended to Mindoro Oriental with a two-line bridge.
So far, no limited access tollway is directly connecting Metro Manila to Metro Cebu in the Visayas.
One of the major project done by the national government for the past 10 years is the PTX Train (Philippine Train Express), the first high-speed rail system in the Philippines. This project connects Metro Manila to Davao, Cebu, Laoag and Tuguegarao.
In aviation, Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport was totally replaced on 2025 by the new hub in the north of Metro Manila, the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.
The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) was formed from the expansion and developement of the then US military Clark Airbase in Angeles City, Pampanga. It is now the main gateway to Metro Manila for international flights. DMIA has three parallel runways and handles 80 million passengers a year. NAIA is still in service but caters mostly for domestic flights.
The Philippine Airlines, the national flag carrier of the Philippines is now showing its strong presence on the United States and the European Union. After its rehabilitation from the effect of the 1997 Asian financial Crisis, the expansion on returning back its original destinations was a success and now extended to touch the runways of London Heathrow International Airport of London and John F. Kennedy International Airport of New York City. There are now also flights by the Philippine carriers to Paris, Geneva, Berlin, Chicago, Santiago, Mexico City, Cairo, Rome, Milan, Rio De Janiero and other major cities of the world.
The Philippine Airlines upgraded its fleet, and now one of the primary users of Airbus 380, competing with Thai Airways and Singapore Airlines in Southeast Asia. Airbus 380 currently the largest passenger airliner in the world after Boeing 747 generation.
Other three Philippine carriers are now presence on international routes.
Cebu Pacific, second largest airline in the country, is the second Philippine carrier to operate with Airbus 380. They use Airbus 380 for long-range flight and cities with large demand of seating capacity. Most of the planes used by Cebu Pacific is still Airbus 320.
Eight universities in the Philippines are included in the Top 500 Best Universities in the World according to 2030 QS World University Rankings.
The University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University were among the top 100 of the list.The De La Salle and the University of Sto. Tomas were listed on the 201-300 bracket while Pamantasan ng Lunsod ng Maynila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Mindanao State University and Far Eastern University were among to top 301th to 500th.
Oil price hike in the past decades were inevitable causing the increase of prices of common goods in the local markets.
To compensate with this global issue, the national government push for nuclear powers projects with high consideration and assurance for clean energy and safety. Five nuclear power plants are now in operations in the whole country located in the provinces of Bataan, Aurora, Camarines Norte, Misamis Oriental and Sarangani.
In line with the promotion of clean energy, Bangui Bay windmills in Ilocos Norte became an example for some coastal provinces for providing power.
Environment and Natural Resources
With the vast development that happened in the Philippines, this nation with 7, 107 islands still holds the name for being the Pearl of the Orient. Environmental laws became much strict for the preservation of rich natural wildlife and environment. The Philippines maintains its name for having one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world.
What I had written above is the fruit of optimism for my country, all comes from my imagination.