Right smack in the middle of the region, yet it is one of Southeast Asia's hidden gems. Get to know this string of 7,107 pearls known as the Philippines.


Every legend about the creation of the Philippine archipelago begins with a fight either instigated by a party with vested interests or out of hatred.

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Senator Manny Pacquiao, one of the world's most successful boxers, is the latest athlete ...

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Pacquiao to launch PAC Token, his own cryptocurrency

Southeast Asia's once-pristine beaches are reeling from decades of unchecked tourism as ...

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Trouble in Paradise: Tourism surge lashes Southeast Asia's beaches

During his 3-day Philippine visit for the 31st ASEAN Summit, Australian Prime Minister ...

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Turnbull talks security, terrorism, Marawi crisis during PH visit

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Meet the spouses of the ASEAN leaders

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says it was US President Donald Trump who told him ...

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Duterte asks China's Xi to intervene in Korean Peninsula

'Human rights is in a precipitous downward spiral in every ASEAN country except perhaps ...

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Southeast Asia's leaders steer away from democracy – activists

The Chinese Foreign Ministry denies Beijing will set up an environmental monitoring ...

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China denies plans to build on Scarborough Shoal

The joint committee on military cooperation is expected to address the two leaders' ...

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Duterte, Thailand's Prayut affirm defense, economic cooperation

Capital Manila
Land Area 300,000 sq km
Population 107,668,231 (2014 estimate)
Currency Philippine peso
Demonym Filipino
Government Presidential, representtive and democratic republic
Head of State Benigno Aquino III (since 2010)
Independence June 12, 1898
National Anthem Lupang Hinirang (Chosen Land)
Language(s) Filipino, English, Spanish
Religion Christianity
Year of ASEAN Membership 1967
Human Development Index 0.654 (2012)
GDP Per Capita US$2,341
Internet Subscribers 290 (per 1,000 persons)
Inflation Rate 4.20% (2011)
Urban Population 66.4% (2011)
Life Expectancy 70.4 years
Tourist Arrival 3,917,000