Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands situated between the Philippine Sea and South China Sea. The country is apart from the rest of Southeast Asia with a culture and history influenced by more than 300 years of Spanish rule. The people are predominantly Catholic and is the largest Catholic country in Asia. With a long coastline, the Philippines offers stretches of white sand as well as great spots for scuba diving and snorkelling. There are also jungles, mountains and caves waiting to be explored.

Philippines travel guide
Guide and information to Philippines' popular travel destinations including getting in and around, attractions, things to do and eating out.

Country Guide
A fascinating country offering history, culture, beautiful beaches and scenic landscapes.
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Cebu City
A bustling port city on the island of Cebu and the centre of commerce in the region.
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Located on the island of Luzon, it is the capital and largest city in the Philippines.
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Philippines travel articles
Travel articles on the Philippines including destinations, tourism, guide and activities by various authors.

Philippines as Travel Destination
Michael Smallet

Palawan Paradise, a Travel Escape
by Pinky Mcbanon

Enjoy the Beauty and History of Cebu City
by Jason G Gutierrez

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Photos of Philippines

Photos of scenes and destinations in the Philippines by various photographers.

Bacolod photos
Boracay photos
Cebu City photos

Manila photos
Tagaytay photos

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Philippines in Brief

300,000 sq km
186,420 sq miles

Archipelago of more than 7,000 islands with the larger islands being Luzon, Cebu, Mindanao, Mindoro, Samar, Leyte, Negros, Panay and Palawan.

Population (2011)
94.9 million


Republic with the President as Chief of State and Head of Government.

Bicameral Congress with elected representatives in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Ethnic Groups
Tagalog: 28%
Cebuan: 13%
Ilocano: 9%
Bisaya: 8%
Hiligaynon: 8%
Bikol: 6%
Waray: 3%
Others: 25%

Filipino (official), English (official) and regional languages including Tagalog, Bicolano, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon, Kapampangan and Pangasinan.

Catholic: 83%
Other Christians: 9%
Islam: 5%
None: <1%
Others: 3%

GDP (2011 in PPP)
Total: $395 billion
Per capita: $4,100
Growth: 3.7%

Major Industries
Agriculture (sugarcane, rice, corn, banana, cassava, pineapple, mango), electronics, textile, footwear, food processing and petroleum products.

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