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Republic of the Philippines | Republika ng Pilipinas
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The Philippines are the highest portions of a partly submerged mountain chain and is made up of 7 107 islands;
main island groups are Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Spain (1565-1898) and the United States (1898-1946), colonized the country and have been the largest influences on the Philippine culture. The Philippines is one of the most westernized nations in Southeast Asia, a unique blend of eastern and western culture.
The Philippines share maritime borders with: China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Palau, Vietnam, and Taiwan.
related countries: Japan, Spain, United States
Republika ng Pilipinas
short form: Pilipinas
int'l long form: Republic of the Philippines
int'l short form: Philippines
ISO Country Code: ph
Local Time = UTC +8h
Actual Time: Sun-Mar-9 11:57
Country Calling Code: +63
Capital City: Manila (pop. city proper 1 654 761 (1995) 9.9 million in metropolitan area)
Quezon City (2 million), Davao City (1.2 million); Cebu City (0.7 million)
Independence: 12 June 1898 (from Spain)
Constitution: 2 February 1987, effective 11 February 1987
Location: Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam.
Area: 300,000 km² (115 739 sq m)
Terrain: Mountains on the smaller islands, larger islands have mountains with fertile river valleys in the interior and narrow to extensive coastal plains.
Climate: Tropical, March to May is hot and dry, rainy season from June to October, November to February moderate. Average temperatures: 78°F / 25°C to 90°F / 32°C
Nationality: Noun--Filipino(s). Adjective--Philippine.
Population: 92 million (census in 2010)
Luzon, the largest island group, accounts for more than half of the entire population.
Ethnic Groups: Malay, Chinese.
Religions: Catholic 80%, Moslem 15%, Christian denominations and Buddhist.
Languages: Filipino and English (official). Filipino which is based on Tagalog, is the national language. English is also widely used and is the medium of instruction in higher education.
Natural resources: Timber, limited offshore petroleum, extensive mineral deposits of copper, gold, silver, nickel, lead, and chromium.
Agriculture products: Rice, coconuts, corn, sugarcane, bananas, pineapples, mangoes, pork, eggs, beef, fish.
Industries: electronics assembly, textiles, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, wood products, food processing, petroleum refining, fishing.
Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP)
Source: Philippines Department of Tourism and others.
Philippines in Figures
Philippines key statistical data.
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The Official Website of the Republic of the Philippines.
The President of the Republic of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Office.
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Website.
The House of Representatives
Senate of the Philippines
Part of the bicameral congress.
Philippine Information Agency
PIA's mission is to provide people with government information.
Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs
Official site of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations
Philippines' representation to the UN.
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in the U.S.
Philippine Embassy Washington, D.C.
Address list of Philippine Embassies abroad.
Foreign Diplomatic Missions to the Philippines
Diplomatic and Consular List.
National Statistics Office, Philippines
Official website of the National Statistics Office.
Philippine National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB)
The Philppines in figures.
Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS)
Philippines' Bureau of Agricultural Statistics
Philippines in Figures
Philippines key statistical data.
Map of the Philippines
Political Map of the Philippines.
Google Earth Philippines
Searchable map/satellite view of the Philippines.
Google Earth Manila
Searchable map/satellite view of Manila.
More maps of the Philippines
Map of Southeast Asia
Map of the Southeast Asia region.
Map of Asia
Reference Map of Asia.
Philippine Business and Finance Magazine.
News from the Philippines.
The Filipino Express
News for the Filipino American community.
Philippines' Largest Newspaper.
The Manila Times
All the news, all the views, all the time
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Balanced news, fearless views.
Philippine Headline News Online
Daily news highlights and insights of events in the Philippines.
Philippine News Agency (PNA)
Office of the Press Secretary (OPS), Philippines.
Philippine News Link
News from and about the Philippines.
The Philippine Star
English-language news from Manila.
International News Sources
BBC News Country Profile: Philippines
With links to Philippines related news and background information.
Reuters AlertNet - Philippines-Mindanao conflict
Yahoo! News Full Coverage-Philippines
Press agencies news on Philippines
Amnesty International: Philippines
Amnesty International Reports.
Human Rights Watch: Philippines
Reporters sans frontières - Philippines
Annual report 2007 about Press freedom in the country.
More International News sources
Dramatic, innovative neo-ethnic style, the country's flagship company in ballet and contemporary dance.
Cultural Center of the Philippines
The cultural institution nurtures and promotes artistic excellence, Filipino aesthetics and identity.
Online art gallery featuring works of Jeepney artists of the Philippines.
...knowing ...being ...believing in pinoy - Online magazine with a special point of view.
The first hands-on discovery museum for children in the Philippines. The museum features sensory and tactile tools to help children hypothesize, manipulate, experiment, test their ideas and stretch their imagination.
National Commission for Culture and the Arts
Site on Philippine culture and arts.
The National Museum of the Philippines.
Information about Philippine's Culture from De La Salle University (DLSU).
Contemporary Philippine music.
Online guide to the Philippines culture.
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
The Central Bank of the Republic of the Philippines.
Philippine Stock Exchange
Department of Trade and Industry
DTI serves as the primary coordinative, promotive, and facilitative arm for trade, industry and investment activities.
Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The People's Airline - Asian Spirit flies to most destinations in the Philippines.
Cebu Pacific Air
The Philippine's second flag carrier.
Philippine's national carrier.
The Philippines Department
Philippines Department of Tourism Main Portal.
Department of Tourism
The Philippines Ultimate Travel Guide for Tourist.
Another website of the Philippines Department of Tourism.
Cebu Province Official Website
The official information site for the island of Cebu .
Eastern Visayas Information Sharing Network
Information about Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. Philippine.org
Extensive information about the Philippines.
From Angono Petroglyphs to Conus Gloriamaris, Davao City, jeepneys and much more Philippine Trivia.
Official site of the city of Manila.
Official site of the city of Cebu.
Online community of Filipinos worldwide.
Lonely Planet Philippines
LP about the Philippines.
Hotels in Philippines
Find a Hotel in Philippines.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
De La Salle University
Founded as De La Salle College in 1911.
University of the Philippines-Diliman
UP Diliman is the flagship university of the University of the Philippines System, founded in 1949.
University of the Philippines
Manila, founded in 1908.
The University of the Philippines System
Gateway to Philippines Universities.
The Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources is a membership organization dedicated to the conservation of Philippine biodiversity.
Philippines' World Heritage Sites
Brief descriptions of Philippines' World Heritage Sites from the official government site.
Palawan Council for Sustainable Development
A national agency for sustainable development through complementation of environmental preservation, protection and rational utilization of Palawan's natural resources.
PEMSEA has been at the forefront of protecting life support systems and enabling the sustainable use and management of coastal and marine resources through intergovernmental, interagency, and multisectoral partnerships.
History of the Philippines
The Philippines from Early History until today.
The mountain people of the philippines.
Indigenous Religious Beliefs and Cosmology of the Filipino
The belief systems of native Filipinos.
Traditional Music of the Ethnic Minorities
Music and Pictures of of the mountain people by the ethnomusicologist Hans Brandeis.
Ifugao Native © tourism.gov.ph
Host for Cebu websites.
A Philippines Search Engine.
Index of Philippine sites.
Filipinolinks, comprehensive Philippines web directory.
THE WEB Philippines
A Philippine webguide magazine.
A Philippines portal and directory.
Additional Information on PhilippinesAsianInfo.org: About the Philippines
Eberhard Wenzel's Philippines page
Categorized and annotated collection of resources on the Philippines.
Open Directory Project: Philippines
The Hip 'n Free Philippine Encyclopedia.
The World Factbook -- Philippines
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