officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire have also endowed the country with natural resources and made it one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. An archipelago comprising 7,107 islands, the Philippines is categorized broadly into three main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Its capital city is Manila. With an estimated population of about 94 million people, the Philippines is the world's 12th most populous country.
Philippine Government Government Unitary presidential constitutional republic - PresidentBenigno Aquino III - Vice PresidentJejomarBinay - Senate PresidentJuan Ponce Enrile (PMP) - House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.(LP) - Supreme Court Chief JusticeRenatoCorona LegislatureCongress - Upper HouseSenate - Lower HouseHouse of Representatives
- Land 299,764 km2 115,831 sq mi - Water (%) 0.61%
- 2010 estimate94,013,200 - 2007 census88,574,614 - Density 306.6/km2 794.1/sq m (inland waters)
Philippines Motto Maka-Diyos, Maka-Tao, Makakalikasan, at Makabansa. ("For God, People, Nature, and Country”)
Geography of the Philippines The Philippines is an archipelago comprising 7,107 islands with a total land area of 300,000 km2. The 11 largest islands contain 94% of the total land area. The largest of these islands is Luzon at about 105,000 km2. The next largest island is Mindanao at about 95,000 km2. The archipelago is around 800 km from the Asian mainland and is located between Taiwan and Borneo. The islands are divided into three groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The Luzon islands include Luzon Island itself, Palawan, Mindoro, Marinduque, Masbate and Batanes Islands. The Visayas is the group of islands in the central Philippines, the largest of which are: Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Samar. The Mindanao islands include Mindanao itself, plus the Sulu Archipelago, composed primarily of Basilan, Sulu Island, and Tawi-Tawi.
Tourist potsin the Philippines the Philippines boasts of unsullied beaches, spectacular sunsets, luxuriant pastoral lands, cool mountain weather, brilliant man-made resorts and dazzling islands. Blessed with an extensive coastline, the Philippines is ringed with unspoiled beaches and first-class resort facilities. Its deep-blue, crystal-clear waters offer about 40,000 square kilometers of coral reefs teeming with a wide variety of marine life.