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Overview of Philippines


Officially name: The Republic of the Philippines

Capital: Manila

Largest city: Quezon City

Official language: Filipino (based on Tagalog)English

Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic


The Philippines is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam. The Sulu Sea to the southwest lies between the country and the island of Borneo, and to the south the Celebes Sea separates it from other islands of Indonesia. It is bounded on the east by the Philippine Sea.


Total 299,764 km2 (72nd)
Water (%) 0.61% (inland waters)


2009 estimate 91,983,000 (12th)
Density 306.6/km2 (43rd)
794.1/sq mi

Currency: Peso (Filipino: piso)

Time zone

Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+8)

Drives on the right

Internet TLD: .ph

Calling code: +63