The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,641 islands located in the southeast coast of Asia. The island is split into 3 geographical zones; Luzon, the largest island where the capital of the Philippines is situated, Visayas which is known for its fine beaches and idyllic coves and the Mindanao whose exotic forests make it an irresistible haven for nature lovers. The Philippines has an area of 300,000 square kilometers, including about 298,000 square kilometers of land and about 2,000 square kilometers of water, and has a population of approximately 100 million. The Philippines stretches about 1,850 kilometers from Y’Ami Island in the north to Sibutu Island in the south and is about 1,000 kilometers at its widest point east to west. The country consists of 80 provinces as well as 120 chartered cities. Philippines cultural diversity evolved hundred years ago shared by the Malays, Spanish and Americans. Long time affiliation with the West made the Philippines is the fourth most populous English speaking country and the only predominant Christians in Asia. It is a country of rich natural resources attracting large scale foreign investments from big countries such as Japan, United States and Europe.
Map of Philippines