Gambling in the Philippines has been current since the sixteenth century,[1] and is still widespread in the nation today. Presently, it takes on various legal and illegal types found almost all over the archipelago. The government manages gambling throughout the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) that intends to govern and operate games of chance, and to generate government funds,[2] but in addition, there are several other private and public agencies that handles specific kinds of betting. Specifically, casino gaming under PAGCOR is essential to the nation’s tourism and earnings. The Philippines has more casinos than Macau, with twenty located in Metro Manila alone. Before the Spanish colonization.,[1] gaming is thought to have already been present in the Philippines. Even though there are no exact records when gambling was initially practiced in the archipelago, it’s possible that a few forms were introduced by the Chinese in the late sixteenth century. Due to the proximity of the two nations, many local Chinese would go to the Philippines for business and gain, engaging in various transactions and actions. [4][5] About Magellan’s voyage into the Philippines, it had been noted in the accounts of Antonio Pigafetta, that he had witnessed bets being put on cockfights when his boat arrived in Palawan in 1521. Read more: