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The Philippines is an archipelago in Southeast Asia comprised of more than seven thousand islands located between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea. The Philippines is the only Southeast Asian country that shares no land borders with another country. Nearby neighbors include Indonesia, Malaysia, Palau, and China.
In addition to being the text message capital of the world, with more than 350 million texts sent every day, the Philippines is also where karaoke was invented.
Population and language
The Philippines’ population is around 104 million, made up of a wide variety of ethnic groups, including Tagalog, Cebuano, and Ilocano. The official languages are Filipino, which is based on Tagalog, and English but there are eight other main dialects.
The country remains primarily Catholic but there are growing evangelical and Muslim populations.
Major cities and tourist destinations
The Philippines’ largest cities are generally part of the greater Manila area. Quezon City has a population of 2.68 million people while Manila, the performing arts center of the country, itself has 1.67 million. Located on the island of Mindanao, Davao (pop. 1.48 million) is known for beautiful beaches, diving, and resorts in Mount Apo.
Cebu, the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines, has 845,000 residents. The city offers casinos, gold courses, and pristine beaches.
The Banaue province is famous for its rice terraces, hiking and biking trails. Eco-tourists are drawn to Palawan island’s largely untouched, wildlife filled surroundings.
The Philippines has a tropical climate. The summer is monsoon season with heavy rains; winters are cool and dry. Manila and other lowland areas are hottest from March to May. The average temperature throughout the year ranges from 73° to 90° F (23° to 32° C).
The peso is the unit of currency for a country that transformed an agricultural society to an economy based on industrialization, specifically the services and manufacturing sectors. The growth domestic product (GDP) is $221 billion. Its top exports are semiconductors and electronic products, copper products, petroleum products, coconut oil, and fruits. Imports include mineral fuels, machinery and transport equipment, iron and steel, textiles, grains, chemicals, and plastic.
When landing at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the easiest way to get from the airport to your hotel is catching a yellow cab. Visitors are urged to make sure the driver is using the meter. At NAIA, visitors can also organize a car and driver through Avis to take you around.
In addition to NAIA, other airports include the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport and Clark International in Angeles); Zamboanga International Airport; General Santos International Airport; and Mactan Cebu International Airport.
The Philippines has more than seven thousand islands so boat travel is a common mode of getting around. Boats called Bangkas, which vary in size, are used for island hopping.
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