Info Philippines


The Philippines or better the republic of the Philippines is located at the western part of the pacific ocean. In Tagalog, the second official language next to English it is called Republika ng Pilipinas. The archipelago belongs to South East Asia. It got its name from its discoverer Ruy López de Villalobos, who named the islands Las islas Filipinos after Philipp, the Spanish kings son Philipp.

The archipelago stretches from 5 to 21 degrees of northern latitude and 117 to 125 degrees eastern longitude. It is the 5th biggest archipelagic state in the world. Only Indonesia, Madagascar, Papua-Neuguinea and Japan are bigger. The Philippines is surrounded by the Sea with the South China Sea in the west towards Vietnam, the Sulu Sea in the South West of Malaysia and the Celebes Sea in the South of Indonesia. In the Eastern part you find the Philippine Sea.

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… 3144 of the 7107 Islands have names, approximately 3144 are inhabited. Only 11 islands have more then 2500 square kilometers and only 1000 islands are bigger then a square kilometer. The biggest are Luzon, Mindanao, Samar, Negros, Mindoro, Panay and Palawan. The islands have 421 bigger rivers and 79 natural lakes. The coastline of the Philippines is 36289 kilometers long.

The archipelago is divided into main islands groups. The main islands of Luzon in the North are Masbate and Mindoro. The islands Palawan, Negros, Cebu, Leyte, Samar and Bohol are part of the island group Visayas. In the South you find the island group of Mindanao with the islands Mindanao, Basilan and the Sulu-Archipel .

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