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1 Facts about the Philippines…

2 General Info Of The Philippines (Part 1)
The Philippines , is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean. It consists of 7,107 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Its capital city is Manila while its most populous city is Quezon City; both are part of Metro Manila. To the north of the Philippines across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan; Vietnam sits west across the South China Sea; southwest is the island of Borneo across the Sulu Sea, and to the south the Celebes Sea separates it from other islands of Indonesia; while to the east it is bounded by the Philippine Sea and the island-nation of Palau. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator makes the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons, but also endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the world's greatest plant and animal life. At approximately 300,000 square kilometers ,the Philippines is the 64th-largest country in the world.

3 General Info Of The Philippines (Part 2)
With a population of about 100 million people, the Philippines is the seventh-most populated country in Asia and the 12th most populated country in the world. An additional 12 million Filipinos live overseas, comprising one of the world's largest diasporas. Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands. In prehistoric times, Negritos were some of the archipelago's earliest inhabitants. They were followed by successive waves of Austronesian peoples. Various nations were established under the rule of Datus, Rajahs, Sultans or Lakans. Trade with Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Islamic states also occurred. The arrival of Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 marked the beginning of Spanish colonization. In 1543, Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos named the archipelago Las Islas Filipinas in honor of Philip II of Spain. With the arrival of Miguel López de Legazpi from Mexico City, in 1565; the first Spanish settlement in the archipelago was established. The Philippines became part of the Spanish Empire for more than 300 years. This resulted in the predominant religion in the country being Roman Catholicism. During this time, Manila became the Asian hub of the Manila–Acapulco galleon trade. As the 19th century gave way to the 20th, there followed in quick succession the Philippine Revolution, which spawned the short-lived First Philippine Republic, and the Philippine–American War. Aside from the period of Japanese occupation, the United States retained sovereignty over the islands. After World War II, the Philippines was recognized as an independent nation. Since then, the Philippines has had an often tumultuous experience with democracy, which includes a People Power Revolution overthrowing a dictatorship. The nation's large population size and economic potential have led it to be classified as a middle power. It is a founding member of the United Nations, World Trade Organization, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and East Asia Summit.

4 Philippines’ History The Philippines was named after Prince Philip, Prince of Asturias and was originally settled by a people called the Negritos. They arrived at the islands thousands of years ago. The Polynesians arrived next and the island became populated with tribal peoples led by chieftains called datus. Later in the history of the Philippines, Chinese and Arab traders arrived. In 1521 the first European to arrive was Ferdinand Magellan from Portugal. He claimed the land for Spain, but was killed on the island when trying to resolve an argument between two local tribes. Spain would colonize the country over the coming years and would rule until the Spanish-American War in 1898 when the United States defeated the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay. That same year revolutionary leader Emilio Aguinaldo declared the Philippines' independence from Spain. The United States officially gained control of the Philippines following the Spanish-American War and the Treaty of Paris. War broke out between the Philippines and the United States, but soon subsided. In 1935, the US made the Philippines a self-governing territory under President Manuel Quezon. During World War II the Philippines was occupied by Japan. With the help of American forces, the Japanese were driven out. In 1946, the country became a fully independent nation.

5 Philippines’ Top 5 Biggest Cities
Cuz there’s to much cities in general  Rank City/Munici-pality Province 2010 Pop. 2007 Pop. Growth in % Area (km2) Density per km² 1 Quezon City NCR 2,761,720 2,679,450 +3.07 166.20 2 Manila 1,652,171 1,660,714 -0.51 38.55 3 Caloocan 1,489,040 1,378,856 +7.99 55.80 4 Davao City Davao del Sur 1,449,296 1,363,337 2,443.61 593.1 5 Cebu City Cebu 866,171 798,809 +8.43 315.00

6 SM Mall of Asia is a shopping mall in Bay City, Pasay, Philippines, near the SM Central Business Park, the Manila Bay, and the southern end of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue. Owned and developed by SM Prime Holdings, the largest mall chain owner and developer in the Philippines, it has a land area of 42 hectares, a gross floor area of approximately 406,962 square metres and attracts a daily average foot traffic of about 200,000 people. It is the 10th largest shopping mall in the world in terms of gross leasable area.When it opened in 2006 it was the largest shopping mall in the Philippines until SM City North EDSA was redeveloped in 2008, and was relegated to third place by the expansion of SM Megamall in 2011.[

7 Top 4 Landmarks Of The Philippines
The Philippines is one of the most naturally beautiful destinations in the world. The capital city of Manila provides a unique contrast between the hustle and bustle of everyday life and the natural beauty that surrounds it. Whether you’re looking for the adventure of a lifetime, a historical walk through a magnificent culture or simply want to visit some of the best landmarks in the world, there is no beating a holiday in the Philippines. The Baroque Churches One of the most breathtaking sights in the Philippines, if not the world, the Baroque Churches are in the list of the most visited landmarks in the country. The Baroque Churches give tourists an insight into the Spanish history of the Philippines, as one of the few remaining structures that is still intact. The churches are absolutely stunning to see, with intricate detailing covering their unique architecture. Built during the 16th Century, the Baroque Churches were designed to withstand powerful earthquakes, which is one reason why many are still standing today. Banaue Rice Terraces Like many Asian countries, the Philippines offer travellers a journey through a rich culture, where many traditional aspects of life still remain. The Banaue Rice Terraces are one of the most picturesque destinations throughout the country and provide an insight into the way of life for many citizens of the Philippines. The town of Banaue is an absolute must visit destination, with pictures not giving any justice to the beauty of this region. Taal Volcano Located just 50 kilometres off the coast of Manila, the bustling capital city of the Philippines, the Taal Volcano has been a popular sight for tourists, for hundreds of years. The Taal Volcano is now the smallest active volcano in the world, rising just 700 metres above the sea. The most recent eruption of the volcano was in 2009, making it an intriguing yet potentially fatal landmark. If you’d like to see this breathtaking destination, Manila airfares are very reasonably priced, coupled with affordable accommodation and great bargain shopping on arrival. Tubbataha Reef Marine Park Once again, showing the beauty of the Philippines landscape, the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park offers travellers some of the most magnificent views of undersea corals and marine life. One of the rare island reefs that provides a sheltered area, perfect for scuba diving, tourists can experience the magic of life under the sea.

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