The Philippine Archipelago is made up of 7,107 islands and is located in Southwest Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. (see map to the right)
Philippines Brief History
The Philippine Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century; they were ceded to the United States in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. In 1935, the Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth. In 1942 the Philippine Islands fell under Japanese occupation during World War II, and US forces and Filipinos fought together during 1944-45 to regain control. On 4 July 1946, the Republic of the Philippines attained its independence.
The Philippines has a tropical climate. There are three seasons; the dry hot season from March to May; the rainy season from June to November; and the cool dry season from December to February. The Philippine rain forests and its extensive coastlines make it home to a diverse range of birds, plants, animals, and sea creatures. This is truly beauty at its best.
By 2009, the Philippines has become the world's 12th most populous nation, with a population of over 92 million.
The national economy of the Philippines is the 45th largest in the world. A newly industrialized country, the Phlippine economy has been transitioning from one based on agriculuture to one based on services and manufacturing.
Religious beliefs are strong. Over 90% of the population are Christians; with 80% being Roman Catholic and 10% belonging to other Christian Demoninations.
The main language spoken in the Philippines is Tagalog, though there are many Filipino dialects depending on the region where you reside in the Philippines.