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[box type=”default” size=”large”] 100 millionth baby born on July 27 in Manila [/box]MANILA — The Philippines reached a milestone last July 27 with the birth of the 100 millionth Filipino at the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila.

The Commission on Population (PopCom), the Department of Health (DoH) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PHIC) jointly announced the birth of Chonalyn Sentino, one of the 100 babies born in the early morning of July 27. The infants were qualified to become the country’s symbolic 100 millionth baby. 

 Chonalyn was born through regular delivery, weighing 2.8 kilos and measuring 45 centimeters.

“The Commission on Population is today looking at the 100 babies, to be recognized in 100 communities, 19 cities and 81 provinces, who were born at 12:06 this morning or closest to that time,” PopCom Executive Director Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III said. “They will be provided with support to give them a good start.”

Using the 2010 population projections by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), PopCom earlier projected that the Philippines would reach the hundred million mark in its population on July 27.

At present, the Philippines is the 12th most populous country in the world. China tops the list with 1.4 billion, followed by India (1.2 billion), United States (318 million), Indonesia (252 million), Brazil (202 million), Pakistan (188 million), Nigeria (178 million), Bangladesh (156 million), Russia (143 million), Japan (127 million), and Mexico (119 million), as of July this year, data from the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs show.

Chonalyn is the first child of 27-year-old Dailin Cabigayan and her 45-year old partner, Clemente Sentino Jr. But she is not Clemente’s first child as he already has a daughter by his first wife. (Manila Bulletin)


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