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The Philippines three main island groups are Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The country occupies a land area of 300,000 km², this is about the size of Italy or slightly larger than the size of the US state of Arizona.
The archipelago's population of 100.9 million people (in 2015) making it the world's 12th most populous country; Luzon, the largest island group, accounts for more than half of the entire population of the country.
Located in the southwestern part of Luzon is the capital of the Philippines, Manila, largest city is Quezon City, both are part of Metro Manila, a metropolis with a population of almost 13 million people. Spoken languages are Filipino and English (both official), 19 other languages are regional recognized.
Republic of the Philippines | Republika ng Pilipinas
The Philippines are the highest portions of a partly submerged mountain chain and is made up of more than 7,500 islands; the three main island groups are Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The Philippines is one of the most westernized nations in Southeast Asia, a unique blend of eastern and western culture.
Spain (1565-1898) and the United States (1898-1946), colonized the country and have been the largest influences on the Philippine culture.
This is about to change. Philippine President Duterte announced a 'separation' from the US, he declared he has realigned with China as the two countries agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks. Duerte said in his speech at a forum in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing: “America has lost. I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world — China, Philippines and Russia. It’s the only way.”
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-May-26 00:04
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: 100.9 million (in 2015)
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.
Exports - commodities: semiconductors and electronic products, transport equipment, garments, copper products, petroleum products, coconut oil, fruits
Exports - partners: Japan 21.1%, USA 15%, China 10.9%, Hong Kong 10.6%, Singapore 6.2%, Germany 4.5%, South Korea 4.3% (2015)
Imports - commodities: electronic products, mineral fuels, machinery and transport equipment, iron and steel, textile fabrics, grains, chemicals, plastic
Imports - partners: China 16.2%, USA 10.8%, Japan 9.6%, Singapore 7%, South Korea 6.5%, Thailand 6.4%, Malaysia 4.8%, Indonesia 4.4% (2015)
Philippines in Figures
Philippines key statistical data.
The Philippines political system is that of of a presidential, representative, and democratic republic with a multi-party system. Head of government, head of state, and commander in chief of the armed forces is the President. The president is elected by plurality vote for a period of six years. The second highest official is the Vice-President. Philippine's legislature is a bicameral Congress consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives.
Official Sites of PhilippinesNote: External links will open in a new browser window.
The Official Website of the Republic of the Philippines.
The President of the Republic of the Philippines
The President's Office.
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.
Google Earth Cebu City
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
Amnesty International: Philippines
Amnesty International Reports.
Human Rights Watch: Philippines
Reporters sans frontières - Philippines
Annual reports about Press freedom in the country.
More International News sources
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Arts & Culture
Ateneo Art Gallery
Museum of modern art of the Ateneo de Manila University.
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.
Art museum and library in Pasig (Metro Manila).
The Mind Museum
Science museum in Taguig (Metro Manila).
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).
Philippine music forum.
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
The national stock exchange of the Philippines
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
Cebu Pacific Air
The Philippine's second flag carrier.
Philippine's national carrier operates domestic and international scheduled services from Manila, Cebu, Clark, and Kalibo.
Philippine National Railways - PNR
State-owned railway company in the Philippines, operating a single-track on Luzon.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Destination Philippines - Travel and Tour Guides
Discover the Philippines:
Cities: Manila, Cebu City
The Philippines Department of Tourism
Philippines Department of Tourism Main Portal.
The Philippines Ultimate Travel Guide for Tourists, another site by the Department of Tourism.
Another website of the Philippines Department of Tourism.
Cebu Province Official Website
The official information site for the island of Cebu.
Experience Western Visayas
Tourist guide to Western Visayas.
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.
Lonely Planet Philippines
LP about the Philippines.
Image: Mark Joseph C. Olmedo
De La Salle University
Founded as De La Salle College in 1911.
University of the Philippines-Diliman (Seite lässt sich nicht öffnen)
UP Diliman is the flagship university of the University of the Philippines System, founded in 1949.
University of the Philippines
Manila, founded in 1908.
University of Santo Tomas
Roman Catholic research university in Manila.
The University of the Philippines System
Gateway to Philippines Universities.
Environment & Nature
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.
A Philippines Search Engine.
Sources and additional Information on Philippines
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