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Location: Philippines (officially called the Republic of the Philippines) is in southeast Asia.

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Capital: Manila is the capital of Philippines.

Size: Philippines covers about 300,000 square kilometers (about the same area as the state of Arizona). Philippines is the 65th largest country in the world.

Population: The people of Philippines are called Filipinos. Philippines has the 12th largest population of any country in the world (after China, India, USA, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Russia, Japan, and Mexico). The population of Philippines is about 99,900,177 (as of July, 2010).

Government: Philippines is a republic that is divided into 80 provinces and 120 chartered cities. Independence Day is celebrated on June 12 (Philippines became independent from Spain on June 12, 1946) and July 4 (Philippines became independent from the USA on July 4, 1946).

Language: The two official languages are Filipino (a language based on Tagalog) and English. There are eight major dialects - Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinan.

Education: Girls and boys in Philippines go to school for an average of 12 years.

Literacy Rate: Just over 92.6% (nine out of ten) of the adults in Philippines can read and write. About 92.5% of the men and 92.7% of the women are literate.

Official Religion: Roman Catholic 80.9%, Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, Aglipayan 2%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1%.

Philippines's Flag Flag of the Philippines : The flag of the Republic of the Philippines was adopted on May 19, 1898. The Philippine flag has two equal horizontal bands (blue on the top and red on the bottom during peacetime; red on the top during war); a white equilateral triangle is based on the hoist side - in the center of the triangle is a yellow sun with eight protruding rays and three yellow, five-pointed stars (one in each corner of the triangle). The ratio of the height to width is usually 1:2.

In the flag, the red color represents blood, courage and bravery, the blue color stands for unity and noble ideas, and the white color stands for peace and purity. The white triangle originally stood for the Katipunan, a revolutionary organization that led the revolt against Spanish rule in the late 1800s - it now stands for equality among men. The sun represents the dawning of a new era of self-determination. The 8 rays of the sun stand for the first 8 provinces that revolted against Spain. The 3 stars stand for the 3 main geographic areas of the Philippines: Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

This flag was designed in 1897 by General Emilio Aguinaldo, the President of the Revolutionary Government, when he was in exile in Hong Kong during the Philippine Revolution against Spain. The first flag was sewn by Doña Marcela Marino Agoncillo, the wife of the first Filipino diplomat (Don Felipe Agoncillo). This flag was banned by the Americans during the Philippine-American war and by the Japanese during World War 2.

Climate: tropical marine; northeast monsoon (November to April); southwest monsoon (May to October).

Major Rivers: none.

Terrain/Mountain Ranges: mostly mountains with narrow to extensive coastal lowlands.

Highest Point: The highest point in Philippines is Mount Apo, which is 2,954 meters (9,692 ft) above sea level; this volcano is located in Mindanao, in the far south of the Philippines.

Lowest Point: The lowest point in Philippines is sea level.

Natural Resources: timber, petroleum, nickel, cobalt, silver, gold, salt, copper.

Major Industries: electronics assembly, garments, footwear, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, wood products, food processing, petroleum refining, fishing.

Agricultural Products: sugarcane, coconuts, rice, corn, bananas, cassavas, pineapples, mangoes; pork, eggs, beef; fish.

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