The Philippines, officially the Republic of thePhilippines, is an island nation located in the Malay Archipelago in Southeast Asia. ThePhilippines, named after King Philip II of Spain, is the 72nd largest country by area and the third largest English speaking country in the world.
The Philippines lies between 116° 40’ and 126° 34’ E longitude and 4° 40’ and 21° 10’ North latitude.It is composed of 7,107 islands and has a total land area of approximately 300,000 square kilometers including about298,000 square kilometers of land and about 2,000 square kilometers of water.
It stretches about 1,850 kilometers surrounded bythe Philippine Sea on the east, the South China Sea at the west and the Celebes Sea on the south. Itsnearby neighbors are Taiwan to the north, Malaysia and Indonesia to the south, Vietnam to thewest, China to the northwest and Palau is to the east beyond the Philippine Sea.
The National Territory comprises the Philippine Archipelago with all the islands and watersEMBRACED therein, and all other territories over which the Philippines has SOVEREIGNTY OR JURISDICTION
Consisting of its TERRESTRIAL, FLUVIAL andAERIAL DOMAINS, including its TERRITORIALSEA, THE SEABED, THE SUBSOIL, THE INSULAR SHELVES and other SUBMARINE AREAS
The waters AROUND, BETWEEN and CONNECTING the islands of the archipelago regardless oftheir BREADTH and DIMENSIONS form part of the INTERNAL WATERS of the Philippines
Low Water Baseline 12 NM 24 NM 200 NM TERRITORIAL SEA EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE HIGH SEASINLANDWATERS CONTIGOUS ZONE HIGH SEAS FREEDOMS SEA FLOOR SUBSOIL BENEATH CONTINENTAL CONTINENTAL SHELF SHELF EXTENSION