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Philippines Introduction

       Philippines is an island country in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Its official name is the Republic of the Philippines.

        The Philippines consist of about 7,100 islands and islets, many of which are so small that they have no name. The islands lie in the tropics, about 100 kilometres from the coast of mainland Asia. They have a total area of 300,000 square kilometres.

        The two largest islands, Luzon and Mindanao, make up about two-thirds of the total area. Most of the land is mountainous, and volcanoes are dotted throughout the country. Most settlements are on the plains between the mountains and along the coasts.

         The busy port of Manila, on Luzon, is the capital and largest city. Its metropolitan area contains about a tenth of the country's population.

A Short Background

The Philippines were ceded by Spain to the US in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. They attained their independence in 1946 after being occupied by the Japanese in World War II.

The 21-year rule of Ferdinand MARCOS ended in 1986 when a widespread popular rebellion forced him into exile. In 1992, the US closed down its last military bases on the islands. The Philippines has had two electoral presidential transitions since Marcos' removal by "people power."

In January 2001, the Supreme Court declared Joseph ESTRADA unable to rule in view of mass resignations from his government and administered the oath of office to Vice President Gloria MACAPAGAL-ARROYO as his constitutional successor. The government continues to struggle with ongoing Muslim insurgencies in the south.

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Topography of Philippines - Read more about the geography and topography of Philippines

History of Philippines - Presents a detailed historical background and culture of Philippines

Life & People of Philippines - Study the characteristics, background, and details on the people of Philippines

Local Cuisine of Philippines - Find out delicious local cuisines of Philippines

Holidays in Philippines - Check out a list of the local holidays in Philippines

Festivals in Philippines - Learn about the festivals in Philippines

Embassies of Philippines - Provides an Embassy database for Philippines

Administration facts of Philippines - Learn about the governmental administration facts of Philippines

Newstands in Philippines - Browse through a collection of local online newspapers of Philippines

Attractions in Philippines - Discover the best places to visit, sight seeing, and tourist attractions in Philippines

Maps of Philippines - Discover a detailed map of Philippines

Map Database of Philippines - Browse a large collection of city, country, historical, political, thematic, and shaded relief maps of Philippines

Flags of Philippines - Uncover the flag images and description of the flag of Philippines. Includes historical flags, symbols, and related information

Weather for cities of Philippines - Browse weather forecast, hourly conditions, temperature, sunrise, sunset, and other weather related reports for the cities of Philippines

Shopping in Philippines - Find out the best places for shopping in Philippines

Restaurants in Philippines - Browse a list of eat-outs in Philippines

Geography of Philippines - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of Philippines

People of Philippines - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in Philippines

Government and Politics in Philippines - Profiles the country name, government type, administrative divisions, independence, national holiday, constitution, legal system, suffrage, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, political parties and leaders, and a flag description of Philippines.

Economy of Philippines - Study the GDP, growth rate, per capita, inflation, labor, budget, industries, exports, imports, currency, exchange rates, and economy of Philippines

Communications in Philippines - Browse statistics on telephones, mobile and cellular lines in use, radio broadcast stations, televisions, internet country code, ISP's, internet users, and facts on communications in Philippines

Transportation in Philippines - Offers statistical details on the railways, highways, waterways, ports & harbors, airports, and other facts on transportation in Philippines

Military of Philippines - Provides statistics on military branches, army, air force, navy, manpower, military service, expenditure, and facts on military in Philippines

Transnational Issues of Philippines - Explore international disputes and transnational issues of Philippines


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