Philippines is an archipelago of 7,108 islands with a total land area of 300,000 km².
The islands are divided into three groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
( Luzon – 105,000 km², Mindanao – 94,600 km² )
Capital–Manila, Cebu, Davao
Islands, 65% mountainous, with narrow coastal lowlands.
Tropical, astride typhoon belt.
Population (January 2008 estimate):
Religions (based on 2000 census):
Roman Catholic 80.9%,
Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%,
other Christian 4.5%,
Filipino (based on Tagalog),
official national language; English, language of government
and instruction in education.
Eight Major Dialect:
Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo,
Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinense
textiles, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, wood products,
food processing, electronics assembly, petroleum refining,
timber, petroleum, nickel, colbalt, silver, gold, salt,
electronic equipment, machinery & transport equipment,
garments, coconut products, mango, banana and etc.
raw materials, machinery and equipment, fuels, chemicals.
Major Trading Partners:
U.S, Jpan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hongkong, Malaysia,
Netherlands, Germany, South Korea.
February 11, 1987
Executive–president and vice president.
16 regions and Metro Manila (National Capital Region),
81 provinces, 136 cities.
Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats, Nationalist People’s Coalition,
Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino, Liberal Party, Aksiyon Demokratiko,
Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, and other small parties.
Universal, but not compulsory, at age 18.
Economy GDP (2007):
Annual GDP growth rate (2007):
7.3% at constant prices
GDP per capita (2007):