Philippines BASIC INFOMATION
|LOCAL TIME||YOUR TIME|
|LOCAL TIME ZONE||TIMEZONE DIFFERENCE|
|UTC/GMT +8 HOURS|
|latitude / longitude|
|12°52'55"N / 121°46'1"E|
|PH / PHL|
|Filipino (official; based on Tagalog) and English (official); eight major dialects - Tagalog|
Hiligaynon or Ilonggo
TYPE A NORTH AMERICAN JAPANESE 2-BLADE|
TYPE B AMERICAN 3-PIN
TYPE C EUROPEAN 2-PIN
|Philippines banks list|
The Philippines is located in southeastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. It is an archipelago country with 7,107 large and small islands. Therefore, the Philippines has the reputation of "Pearl of the Western Pacific". The Philippines has a land area of 299,700 square kilometers, a coastline of 18,533 kilometers, and many natural harbors. It belongs to a monsoon tropical rainforest climate, high temperature and rainy, and rich in plant resources. There are as many as 10,000 species of tropical plants. It is known as the "Garden Island Country" with a forest coverage rate of 53%. It produces precious woods such as ebony and sandalwood. |
The Philippines, the full name of the Republic of the Philippines, is located in southeastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. It is an archipelago country with 7,107 large and small islands. These islands are like twinkling pearls, dotted among the vast expanse of blue waves of the Western Pacific, and the Philippines has the reputation of "Pearl of the Western Pacific". The Philippines has a land area of 299,700 square kilometers, of which 11 major islands such as Luzon, Mindanao and Samar account for 96% of the country's area. The Philippine coastline is 18533 kilometers long and has many natural harbors. The Philippines has a monsoon tropical rain forest climate, high temperature and rain, rich plant resources, as many as 10,000 species of tropical plants, known as the "Garden Island Country". Its forest area is 15.85 million hectares, with a coverage rate of 53%. It produces precious woods such as ebony and sandalwood.
The country is divided into three parts: Luzon, Visaya and Mindanao. There are the Capital Region, the Cordillera Administrative Region, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, as well as the Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, South Tagalog, Bickel, and West Visa There are 13 districts including Asia, Central Visaya, East Visaya, Western Mindanao, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Central Mindanao and Caraga. There are 73 provinces, 2 sub-provinces and 60 cities.
The ancestors of the Filipinos were immigrants from the Asian continent. Around the 14th century, a number of separatist kingdoms composed of indigenous tribes and Malay immigrants appeared in the Philippines, the most famous of which was the Sulu Kingdom, a maritime power that emerged in the 1470s. In 1521, Magellan led the Spanish expedition to the Philippine Islands. In 1565, Spain invaded and occupied the Philippines, and has ruled the Philippines for more than 300 years. On June 12, 1898, the Philippines declared independence and established the Republic of the Philippines. In the same year, the United States occupied the Philippines in accordance with the "Paris Treaty" signed after the war against Spain. In 1942, the Philippines was occupied by Japan. After World War II, the Philippines became a US colony again. The Philippines became independent in 1946.
National flag: It is a horizontal rectangle with a ratio of length to width of 2:1. On the side of the flagpole is a white equilateral triangle, in the middle is a yellow sun radiating eight beams, and three yellow five-pointed stars are on the three corners of the triangle. The right side of the flag is a right-angled trapezoid in red and blue, and the upper and lower positions of the two colors can be switched. Usually blue is on top, and red on top in war. The sun and rays symbolize freedom; the eight longer beams represent the eight provinces that were initially uprising for national liberation and independence, and the remaining rays represent other provinces. The three five-pointed stars represent the three major regions of the Philippines: Luzon, Samar and Mindanao. Blue symbolizes loyalty and integrity, red symbolizes courage, and white symbolizes peace and purity.
The population of the Philippines is about 85.2 million (2005). The Philippines is a multi-ethnic country. Malays account for more than 85% of the country’s population, including Tagalogs, Ilocos, and Pampanga The ethnic minorities and foreign descent include Chinese, Indonesians, Arabs, Indians, Hispanics and Americans, and a few indigenous people. There are more than 70 languages in the Philippines. The national language is Tagalog-based Filipino, and English is the official language. About 84% of the people believe in Catholicism, 4.9% believe in Islam, a small number of people believe in Independence and Protestant Christianity, most Chinese believe in Buddhism, and most aborigines believe in primitive religions.
The Philippines is rich in natural resources, with more than 20 types of mineral deposits including copper, gold, silver, iron, chromium, and nickel. There are about 350 million barrels of oil reserves in the northwestern part of Palawan Island. The geothermal resources in the Philippines are estimated to have 2.09 billion barrels of crude oil standard energy. Aquatic resources are also abundant, with more than 2,400 fish species, among which tuna resources rank among the top in the world. The main food crops in the Philippines are rice and corn. Coconut, sugar cane, manila hemp and tobacco are the four major cash crops in the Philippines.
The Philippines implements an export-oriented economic model, with the service industry, industry and agriculture accounting for 47%, 33% and 20% of the GDP respectively. In 2005, the Philippine economy grew by 5.1%, and its GDP reached approximately US$103 billion. Tourism is one of the important sources of foreign exchange income for the Philippines. The main tourist spots are: Pagsanjan Beach, Blue Harbor, Baguio City, Mayon Volcano, and the original terraces of Ifugao Province.