Philippines

 
Category:   World Travel Directory  :  Asia  :  Philippines
 
The Philippines, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, is a country in Southeast Asia with Manila as its capital city. It comprises 7,107 islands in the western Pacific Ocean.

The Philippines is the world's 12th most populous country, with a population of about 90 million people.  Its national economy is the 47th largest in the world, with an estimated 2008 gross domestic product (GDP) of over US$ 168.6 billion (nominal). There are more than 11 million overseas Filipinos worldwide, about 11% of the total population of the Philippines.

A former colony of Spain and the United States, the Philippines is one of two predominantly Roman Catholic countries in Asia, the other being East Timor. There are also a number of minority religious groups, including Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands. Ecologically, the Philippines is one of the most diverse countries in the world.  Source


Philippines Facts


Population: 31 million

Capital: Manila

Currency: Peso

Area: 300,000 km2

Language: Filipino, English

Main Religion: Christian

Calling Code: +63

Time Zone
: GMT + 8

Main Cities: Manila, Davao, Cebu City, Antipolo, Zamboanga, Mansilingan, Cagayan de Oro, Dasmarinas, Iloilo, San Jose del Monte