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  2. 2. Philippines lies some 800 km (500 mi) off the southeast coast of Asia, encompasses and archipelago of 7, 107 islands. The Philippines lie in an area of great tectonic instability – the ring of fire that surrounds the Pacific Ocean – and within the path of violent tropical storms
  3. 3. The archipelago, which extends 1,770 km (1,100 mi) north to south, is roughly triangular. The Philippine Trench, 10, 500 m (34,500 ft) deep, runs along the eastern coastline.
  4. 4. Location: Lies between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer, between 4* 23’ and 21*25’ north latitude and between 116* and 126*30’ east longitude.
  5. 5. Location: Lies southeast of the great Asian landmass.
  6. 6. Location: Northern island group of the Malay Archipelago, extending about 1,850 km (1,150 mi) almost due north between Borneo and Taiwan; the eastern and western extent is almost 1,127 km (700 mi).
  7. 7. Location: Boundaries East: Pacific Ocean West: China Sea North: Bashi Channel South: Celebes Sea
  8. 8. Location: Northernmost point: Y’ami Island (126 km from Taiwan) Southernmost point: Saluag Island (44 km from Borneo)
  9. 9. Japanese: Tukhara Chinese: Ma’i