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The Philippines is an archipelago in Southeast Asia. The archipelago is located in the Philippine Sea between the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
There are 7,107 islands in the Philippines but only about 2,000 of them are inhabited. The country has a coastline of 36,289 km/ 22,548 miles and does not have land borders.
The capital city of the Philippines is Manila.
One of the ten largest island countries in the world is slightly larger than the state of Arizona/USA or about the size of Italy.
Manila is the main business centre of the Philippines. Quezon City, however, is the biggest city with about 3 million inhabitants and located within the metropolitan city of Manila.
The metropolitan area of Manila which is located on Luzon island houses about 13% of the population, about 14 million people.
The three largest cities in the Philippines are:
Almost half of the country is used for agriculture and forests account for about one quarter of the land area.
Luzon, Cebu and Negros are the most populated islands.
Christianity is the dominant religion in the Philippines, about 80% of the people are Roman Catholics.
17% of the people live below the poverty line. 7 million children malnourished.
Schooling is compulsory in the Philippines for twelve years.
Football, volleyball, tennis, basketball and martial arts are popular sports in the Philippines. The national sport is called Arnis, this is a martial arts sport which includes stick-fighting.
Filipino and English are the official languages in the Philippines. Filipino is a standard language which is based on Tagalog.
Over 100 languages are spoken in the Philippines but nineteen regional indigenous languages are used in many communities to ease communicating with each other. Among the most spoken languages are Tagalog, Bikol, Pangasinense, Cebuano or Waray.
About 48% of the country’s population live in urbanised areas or near the coast and in areas with good farmland. About one quarter of the people work in the agricultural centre.
Agricultural produce include sugar cane, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits and rice.
Among the main resources are copper, gold, silver and nickel. The Philippines house the world’s largest resources of palladium, a rare metal. Among the main export products are also sugar, coconuts, electronics, transport equipment and minerals.
The main trading partners are Japan, the USA, China, South Korea and Germany.
The Philippines are the world’s second largest producer of biothermal energy.
The Philippine cuisine is very varied and consists of rice and vegetable dishes as well as many dishes containing fish, seafood, chicken, pork or beef. Crocodile meat is sometimes considered a specialty.
Typical dishes include spices such as ginger and garlic as well as soy sauce or fish sauce and rice vinegar. Here are some typical Filipino dishes:
Kain na! as they say in Tagalog. Let’s eat! Come eat with us!
The Philippines belong to the 17 megadiverse countries of our planet.
The rainforests of the Philippines house over 500 species of birds, more than a third of the bird species are not found anywhere else in the world. There are also about 100 mammal species that only can be found on the Philippines.
Many indigenous species are endangered, such as the Philippine tarsier.
Tarsiers are unique to rainforest areas, but today they only exist in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. On the Philippine islands there are only about 700 tarsiers left.
There are about 13,500 plant species with over 8,500 species of flowering plants. Over 3,000 plant species are only found on the Philippines. The Philippine rainforests are known for its unique orchids of which there are over 500 species.
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