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    Information About Philippines

    About Philippines

    The Philippines (Filipino) officially known as the Republic of the Philippines is an sovereign island country in southeast Asia situated in western Pacific ocean. It consists of about 7,107 islands. Its capital is Manila. With a population of about 100 million people, Philippines is the seventh most populated country in Asia and the and the 12th most populated country in the world. Its official languages are Filipino and English. Total area is 300,000 sq. km. The currency is Peso. National anthem of Philippines is "Lupang Hinirang" (Trans. Chosen land / Land of the morning) The national bird is Philippine eagle. The national animal is the Carabas, the Asian water Buffalo. The national fruit is mango and national flower is Sampaguita.

    History of Philippines

    Philippine islands were discovered by Magellan in 1521. They came under Spain in 1565. The islands were named after King Philip II of Spain. Then they were ceded to USA in 1898. Independence came in 1946.

    Geography of Philippines

    Philippines is situated about 1210 km east of coast of Vietnam and is separated in the north from Taiwan by the Bashi channel. On the east is Pacific ocean, south is Celebes Sea, and on the west by South China sea, and thus comprises 7100 islands. Philippine island group is mountainous and volcanic. There are about 20 active volcanoes and earthquakes are common. Mount Apo is highest point about 9692 feet. Philippines is slightly larger than Arizona. The terrain is mostly mountains with narrow to extensive coastal lowlands . Lowest point is Philippine sea.

    Climate of Philippines

    The Philippines has a tropical marine climate dominated by a rainy season and a dry season. Manila and most lowland areas are hot and dusty from march to may. However, temperature rarely rise above 37 degree centigrade. In the last decade, Philippines has suffered severely from natural disasters like earthquake and typhoons. Several hundreds of people have died.

    Natural Resources in Philippines

    Natural resources of Philippines are timber, petroleum, nickel, cobalt, silver, gold, salt, copper.

    Tourist Attraction in Philippines

    Major cities in Philippines are the Lloilo city, Bacolod city, Metro Cebu, Davao city, Roxas city, Makati city, Cagayan city, Quezon city, General Santos city, Metro Manila, legazpi city, Tacloban city, Kalibo etc.
    Famous tourist spots are- Tubbataha Reef, San Agustin church, Mayon volcano, Malapascua island, Puerto Galera, Puerto Princesa underground river, Don sol, Chocolate Hills, Boracay island, Banaue Rice terraces.

    Famous Hotels in Philippines

    Top hotels in Philippines are- Mandarin Oriental hotel at Manila, Heritage hotel, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Shangri- la's Mactan resort and spa, Boracay beach club, Saint Giles, Boracay hotel, Marco Polo Da vao, Hotel la corona de lipa.

    Philippines Cuisine

    Popular dishes are- lechon (white roasted pig), Longganisa (Philippine sausage), tapa (cured beef), torta (omelette), adobo (chicken or pork braised in garlic, vinegar, oil and soy sauce), kaldereta (meat in tomato sauce stew), mechado (larded beef in soy and tomato sauce), Puchero (beef in bananas and tomato sauce), afritada (chicken or pork simmered in tomato sauce with vegetables), Kare-kare(oxtail and vegetables cooked in peanut sauce), Pinakbet (kabocha squash, eggplant, beans, okra, and tomato stew flavoured with shrimp paste), crispy pata (deep-fried pig's leg), hamonado (pork sweetened in pineapple sauce), Sinigang (meat or seafood in sour broth), pancit (noodles) and lumpia (fresh or fried spring rolls).

    Philippines Culture

    The culture of Philippines is a mixture of many cultures, primarily both Asian and western. Other cultures that influenced Philippines are Austronesians culture, which is evident in language,food, dance and other aspects, Melanesians (who were traditional) Apart from these, there are China, India, Japan, Middle east, Borneo, Ryukyu islands who have influenced Philippines. Due to being governed by Mexico and Spain, there is also Hispanic influence. US has also influenced Philippines, which is evident from the wide use of English and pop culture.
    Philippines are fond of basketball, boxing, football, billiards and volley ball. Ice skating is a popular sport. Other sports are athletics, weightlifting, aerobics and martial arts. Sports such as badminton, baseball, bowling, swimming, wrestling, underwater diving, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, cockfighting, Horse racing, motor racing, rugby, sepak takraw and jai alai are also appreciated.
    Festivals celebrated in Philippines are Ati- Atihan festival, Sinulog festival, Dinagyang festival, Kaamulan festival, Panag tagbo festival, Moriones festival, Pahiyas festival, Kadayawan festival, Higantes festival, Masskara festival etc.

    International Airports in Philippines

    The top airports are-Ninoy Aquino international airport, Mactan-cebu international airport, Francisco Bangoy international airport, Iloilo international airport, Kalibo international airport, Lumbia airport, Bacolod- silay international airport, Puerto Princesa international airport, Clark international airport, Daniel Z. Romualdez airport.
    Posted By : All Places Map Last Updated: November 11, 2015

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    Facts about Philippines

    Independence Day4-Jul-46
    ClimateTropical Marine
    Area299,764 sq km
    CurrencyPhilippine Peso (PHP)
    Dialling Code63