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Brief Description of the Philippines

Friday 23 September 2011, by Mounir Chaouche

The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands and islets located in the southeast coast of Asia. It has a total land area of 300,000 square kilometers bounded by the Philippine sea to the east, Celebes Sea to the south, and South China Sea to the north and the west. It is separated by three main islands called Luzon, The Visayas and Mindanao. Manila is the national capital located in the heart of Luzon. Philippines cultural diversity evolved hundred years ago shared by the Malays, Spanish and Americans. Long time affiliation with the West made the Philippines the fourth most populous english speaking country and the only predominant christians in Asia. In many ways however, Filipino society is unique among its neighbors. It is a country of rich natural resources attracting large scale foreign investments from big countries such as Japan, United States and Europe.

Official Name : Republic of the Philippines

Official Languages : Filipino and English

Population : 54% rural and 46% urban

Basic Monetary Unit : Peso

Weights and Measurements : Metric System

Religion : Catholic 83%, Protestant 8%, Muslim 5%, Buddhist 3%

Main Products : (Agriculture) Rice, banana, cassava, coconut, corn, pineapple, sugarcane, sweet potato, (Forestry) ebony, kapok, mahogany, (marine) milkfish, scad, tuna, spones, pearls, (Mining) chromite, copper, gold, nickel, (Manufacturing) cement, garments, chemicals, foods, electronic equipments, petroleum products, wood products and textiles

It is a country subdivided into fifteen regions, into provinces, into cities and municipalities and into barangays (the smallest political unit).

Listed below are the regions of the Philippines :

Region I - Ilocos

Region II - Cagayan Valley

Region III - Central Luzon

Region IV - Southern Tagalog

Region V - Bicol

Region VI - Western Visayas

Region VII - Central Visayas

Region VIII - Eastern Visayas

Region IX - Southern Mindanao

Region X - Central Mindanao

Region XI - Southern Mindanao

Region XII - Central Mindanao

National Capital Region or NCR

Cordillera Administrative Region

Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao

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