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A virtual destination guide to the Philippines, this page is about many aspects of the nation with the filipino spirit. Find official web sites from this Asian country, and get comprehensive information on the Philippines in its diversity: Philippine culture, history and geography. Get key information on Philippines' economy, education, science, environment, population, and government.
You will have access to news from the Philippines and you may visit Philippine cities. Find maps and other tourism information for sightseeing, travel and holidays in the Philippines.

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Republic of the Philippines | Republika ng Pilipinas

Country Profile

Philippines Flag
Flag of Philippines

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

where in Asia are the Philippines?

Official Name:
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: Tue-Dec-1  19:03

Country Calling Code: +63

Capital City: Manila (pop. city proper 1 654 761 (1995) 9.9 million in metropolitan area)

Other Cities:
Quezon City (2 million), Davao City (1.2 million); Cebu City (0.7 million)

Type: Republic
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: 100 million (in 2014)
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.
Literacy: 92%

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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Official Sites of Philippines
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
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Website.

Philippine Congress
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.

Diplomatic Missions
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.
Philippine Embassies
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.

Philippines Maps
Map of the Philippines
Political Map of the Philippines.
Google Earth Google Earth Philippines
Searchable map/satellite view of the Philippines.
Google Earth Google Earth Manila
Searchable map/satellite view of Manila.

More maps of the Philippines

Map of Southeast Asia
Map of the Southeast Asia region.
profile Map of Asia
Reference Map of Asia.

Philippine News

Business World
Philippine Business and Finance Magazine.
Daily Tribune
News from the Philippines.
The Filipino Express
News for the Filipino American community.
Manila Bulletin
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.
English-language news.

International News Sources
BBC News Country Profile: Philippines
With links to Philippines related news and background information.
Reuters AlertNet - Philippines-Mindanao conflict
Reuters news.
Yahoo! News Full Coverage-Philippines
Press agencies news on Philippines

Human Rights
Amnesty International: Philippines
Amnesty International Reports.
Human Rights Watch: Philippines
Background Briefings.

Press freedom
Reporters sans frontières - Philippines
Annual report 2007 about Press freedom in the country.

More International News sources
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Arts & Culture

Ballet Philippines
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.
 natives' wish
...knowing ...being ...believing in pinoy - Online magazine with a special point of view.
Museo Pambata
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.
National Museum
The National Museum of the Philippines.
Philippine Culture
Information about Philippine's Culture from De La Salle University (DLSU).
Contemporary Philippine music.
Tribung Pinoy
Online guide to the Philippines culture.
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Business & Economy

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

Asian Spirit
The People's Airline - Asian Spirit flies to most destinations in the Philippines.
Cebu Pacific Air
The Philippine's second flag carrier.
Philippine Airlines
Philippine's national carrier.


Destination Philippines - Travel and Tour Guides

The Philippines Department of Tourism
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.
Extensive information about the Philippines.
Philippines Trivia
From Angono Petroglyphs to Conus Gloriamaris, Davao City, jeepneys and much more Philippine Trivia.

City Guide
Official site of the city of Manila.
Official site of the city of Cebu.

Philippine Cyberspace
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.

Environment & Nature

Haribon Foundation
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.


Indigenous People

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
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