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


  • Officially: Republic of the Philippines
  • Capital: Manila
  • 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

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  • Area: 300,000 sq km (115,831 sq miles)
  • The country is mountainous and prone to earthquakes and eruptions from around 20 active volcanoes.
  • The area is often buffeted by typhoons and other major storms.

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