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The Philippines citizenship is acquired by two modes, that is

  1. By birth
  2. By naturalization

Under the first mode of acquisition of Philippine Citizenship, the Philippines adheres to jus sanguinis (right of blood), which is the legal principle that, at birth, an individual acquires the nationality of his/her natural parent/s.

On the other hand, naturalization is the judicial act of adopting a foreigner and clothing him with the privileges of a native-born citizen. It implies the renunciation of a former nationality and the fact of entrance into a similar relation towards a new body politic (2 Am.Jur.561, par.188).

GANCAYCO BALASBAS & ASSOCIATES immigration practice includes assistance and representation of former Filipino citizens wishing to obtain dual citizenship as well as foreign nationals desiring to acquire Philippine Citizenship by naturalization.

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