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The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country in the Western Pacific, comprising more than 7,000 islands. Its capital, Manila, is famous for its waterfront promenade and centuries-old Chinatown, Binondo. Intramuros, a walled city in colonial times, is the heart of Old Manila. It’s home to the baroque 17th-century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a storied citadel and military prison.

Languages: Filipino (official; based on Tagalog) and English (official); eight major dialects - Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinan

Ethnic Groups: Tagalog 28.1%, Cebuano 13.1%, Ilocano 9%, Bisaya/Binisaya 7.6%, Hiligaynon Ilonggo 7.5%, Bikol 6%, Waray 3.4%, other 25.3%

Belief Systems: Roman Catholic 80.9%, Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, Aglipayan 2%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1%


99.8 million people (World Rank: 12th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 867 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 43rd) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.7 %/yr (World Rank: 71st) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 68.7 years (World Rank: 159th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 22.3 years (World Rank: 130th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of The Philippines

The Philippines
World Factbook

The Philippines - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress

The Philippines - General Information

The Philippines

Travel Info for The Philippines

Philippine Embassy
in Washington D.C.

Philippine Government Web Sites
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