Map of the Philippines and country flag

The Philippines is an archipelago in South-eastern Asia, consisting of 7,641 islands divided into three main island groups: Luzon in the north, the Visayas in the center, and Mindanao in the south.

The Philippines is divided into three main island groups: Luzon in the north, the Visayas in the center, and Mindanao in the south.

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The Philippines is bounded by the Philippine Sea to the east, the Celebes Sea to the south, and the South China Sea to the west. The countries of China and Taiwan lie to the north, Palau is to the east, Indonesia and Brunei are to the south, and Vietnam is to the west.

The countryโ€™s capital and second-most populous city is Manila, on Luzon. Its most populous city is Quezon City, also on Luzon.
The Philippines is renowned for its beautiful beaches, world-class scuba diving, and the iconic Banaue Rice Terraces, which are occasionally referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. The countryโ€™s highest point is Mount Apo on Mindanao, its longest river is the Cagayan River on Luzon, and its largest lake is Laguna de Bay, again on Luzon.
The Philippines sits on the western edge of the Ring of Fire, which means it experiences frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity. It has 23 active volcanoes, and minor earthquakes occur around five times daily. It is also prone to typhoons, especially during the rainy season. The Philippines has a tropical maritime climate with three seasons: Hot and dry from March through May, rainy from June through November, and cool and dry from December through February.
The Philippines is a republic with a presidential system of government. The President is the head of the state, the head of the government, and the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Power is divided equally between the governmentโ€™s legislative, executive, and judicial branches.

Philippines: Stats and Facts

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