• Officially: Republic of the Philippines
  • Capital: Manila

Facts

  • Population: 104 million
    • More than 7,000 islands make up the Philippines, but the bulk of the population lives on just 11 of them.
  • Major languages: Filipino, English (both official)
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 66 years (men), 73 years (women)
  • Currency: Philippine peso

Geography

  • Area: 300,000 sq km (115,831 sq miles)
  • More than 7,000 islands make up the Philippines
  • The country is mountainous and prone to earthquakes and eruptions from around 20 active volcanoes
  • The area is often hit by typhoons and other major storms

Notes

  • President Rodrigo Duterte
  • The beaches on the island of Boracay are consistently rated as some of the best in the world.
    • In 2018 the President closed the island to tourists in an effort to build infrastructure and crack down on overdevelopment.

Tourism

  • Hotspots: Manila, Cebu and Boracay
    • Batanes region and Bohol are becoming popular with tourists

Overlanding

  • It may be possible to ferry from Malaysian Borneo to the southern Filipino island of Mindanao. However, there are strong government advisories about travel to this area. (2019)

Government Advice

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