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Philippines Flag The Republic of the Philippines (Filipino: Republika ng Pilipinas) is a country in southeastern Asia. The country consists of an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands in the western Pacific Ocean. The islands are generally divided into three main geographical groups:
  • Luzon - Consisting of the Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines, as well the Batanes and Babuyan groups of islands, plus Catanduanes, Marinduque, Masbate, Mindoro, and Romblon. The island of Luzon contains the Philippines' capital, Manila.

  • Mindanao - Consisting of the island of Mindanao, which is the second largest and easternmost of the islands in the Philippines, as well as the Sulu Archipelago which lies to Mindanao's southwest. Mindanao is sometimes called "The Land of Promise".

  • Visayas - A group of islands, which are roughly speaking in the middle of the Philippines, lying between the Luzon and Mindanao groups.
As of 2009, the population of the Philippines was estimated to be 91,983,000. The capital city of the country, as already mentioned is Manila. with a population of almost 1.7 million. The country's largest city is Quezon City, which has a population of nearly 2.7 million. Both Manila and Quezon City both fall within a much larger urban area, known as the Metropolitan Manila ("Metro Manila") or the National Capital Region ("NCR"), which as of 2010 is believed to have a population in excess of 15.4 million.

The Philippines are considered a newly industrialized country, and the country's economy has been transitioning from being based around agriculture to being based on manufacturing and services. The economy has generally been growing in recent years (although often at a slower rate than many of its regional competitors) after a long period of relative stagnation. The Philippines however do face many economic challenges, including great disparities in wealth: almost half the population still has a daily income of less than US $2 per day.

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Republic of the Philippines Country Details


Country Name Philippines

Also Known As

The Republic of the Philippines
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Southeastern Asia
Flag Republic of the Philippines Flag
Principal Language Filipino
Capital Manila


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Lonely Planet Philippines (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet, Greg Bloom & Anna Kaminski

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#1 best-selling guide to the Philippines*

Lonely Planet Philippines is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Swim at secluded beaches in the Bacuit Archipelago, take part in a colourful fiesta, dive remote reefs and magnificent walls at Apo Island or Balicasag; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the Philippines and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Philippines Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, etiquette, people, culture, politics, environmental issues, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine.
  • Over 90 maps
  • Covers Manila, Corregidor, Luzon, Zambales Coast, Lingayen Gulf, Ilocos, the Cordillera, Batanes, Bicol, Masbate, Catanduanes, Marinduque, Mindoro, Boracay, the Visayas, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Samar, Mindanao, Palawan and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Philippines, our most comprehensive guide to the Philippines, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet Southeast Asia on a shoestring guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Michael Grosberg, Greg Bloom, Trent Holden, Anna Kaminski and Paul Stiles.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

*Best-selling guide to The Philippines. Source: Nielsen BookScan. Australia, UK and USA, February 2014-January 2015

Philippines Travel Guide
By Jens Peters

Jens Peters Publications
Paperback (696 pages)

Philippines Travel Guide
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The most comprehensive travel guide to the Philippines has been completely revised and once again proves to be a trailblazer with this new edition. Inside, you'll find places, routes, highlights, hotels, restaurants etc that no other travel guide can offer. It also contains a huge number of clear, detailed 'show you the way' maps (243 in total, always relevant to the text) that will help you in so many ways to plan and carry out your Philippines trip.
Philippines: An Expat's Travel Guide To Moving & Living In The Philippines
By Alex Johnson

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (60 pages)

Philippines: An Expat s Travel Guide To Moving & Living In The Philippines
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Are you or someone you know contemplating or making plans to live in or move to the Philippines? If you or someone you know would like to avoid the pitfalls, silly mistakes, and challenges that many expats face when moving abroad then this book is for you!

Here are the facts, tips, and steps you should take if you are planning to move to the Philippines in one easy to read travel guide!

Get your questions answered and learn:

  • What important documents do you need to take with you?
  • What kinds of residency programs are available?
  • What educational opportunities are available?
  • Where are the best places to stay?
  • How much money will you need to live comfortably?
  • How to save money on flights, transportation, accommodations, dining, and shipping costs.
  • And much more!

You will also learn:

  • What are the common things you will need to get used to when living in the Philippines?
  • What are exciting things to do for fun and leisure?
  • What kinds of jobs are available?

Unlike most travel and country guides, this book is written in an engaging, informative, and enjoyable tone that makes this book a fun and easy read.

Philippines (Insight Guides)
By Ralph Jennings

Insight Guides
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Philippines (Insight Guides)
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A little-known island nation on Asia’s Pacific rim, the Philippines makes a rewarding destination for adventurous travelers. With thousands of islands fringed by a vast number of idyllic tropical beaches, plus stunning mountain scenery, colonial architecture and lively festivals, the possibilities are endless.

The Insight Guide will assist travelers in finding their ideal itinerary through what can be a daunting list of options, with the inspirational Best Of the Philippines section setting out the principal highlights. In-depth information on the country’s unusual history and culture is provided in a series of authoritative essays, while chapters on contemporary culture, food, festivals and architecture complete the picture.

The Places chapters have been comprehensively updated for this new edition, and cover  all the sights worth seeing – from the amazing landscapes of northern Luzon to the beaches of the Visayas and the jungles of Palawan.

At the back of the book, the Travel Tips section contains all the practical information you'll need to plan your trip, including dozens of carefully selected hotels and restaurants.


The Rough Guide to the Philippines
By Stephen Keeling

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The new Rough Guide to the Philippines is the ultimate travel guide to one of the world's most exciting countries. Discover the Philippines' dazzling beaches, rice terraces, and jaw-dropping marine life with stunning full-color photography, maps, and more listings and information than ever before.

Inside The Rough Guide to the Philippines, you'll find detailed practical advice on what to see and do in Manila — from museums and art galleries to where to eat halo-halo and adobo — as well as up-to-date descriptions of all the best attractions, dive sites, beaches, mountains, festivals, hotels, bars, clubs, shops and restaurants throughout the archipelago.

Make the Most of Your Time on Earth with The Rough Guide to the Philippines.

About Rough Guides: For thirty years, adventurous travelers have turned to Rough Guides for up-to-date and intuitive information from expert authors. With opinionated and lively writing, honest reviews, and a strong cultural background, Rough Guides travel books bring more than two hundred destinations to life.

The Philippines: A Visual Journey
By Elizabeth V. Reyes

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This beautifully photographed travel pictorial captures the people, art, architecture, food and landscapes of the Philippines.

The Philippine Archipelago with its 7,100 islands is culturally diverse and unique in Southeast Asia, and renowned for the splendor of its coastal beaches and terraced mountains. Seventy million Filipinos have been nurtured by both tropical environment and unique historical development—through 300 years of Spanish Chistianization and 40 years of American modernization—and have emerged as an attractive blend of East and West, soul and style. The island country is perhaps best known for the friendliness of its people and their natural sense of song, dance and hospitality. The archipelago is also called "Pearl of the Orient".

With over 150 photographs and a detailed map, Exciting Philippines is an essential book for expats or tourists traveling to the Philippines.
Philippines Travel Guide
By Jens Peters

Jens Peters Publications
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Philippines Travel Guide
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The Philippines Travel Guide includes a varied selection of preplanned travel routes and a wide variety of useful information. Included in the guide is information on transportation; good-value accommodations; selected local and international restaurants; schedules of festivals and special events; illustrated sections on flora, fauna, and culture; details on outdoor activities such as cycling, diving, hiking, and surfing; and a comprehensive chapter on the native languages. The book includes 203 maps and an e-mail directory.

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