The Philippine archipelago consists of 7,107 islands with a total land area of 300,000 square kilometers or 115,830.60 square miles (about the similar size as Italy). The 11 largest islands contain 94% of the total land area. The largest of these islands is Luzon at about 105,000 km². It is where the capital city of Manila is situated. The next largest island is Mindanao at about 94,600 km². The Philippines is just about 800 km from the Asian mainland and is located between Taiwan and Borneo.

Chocolate Hills

Chocolate Hills of Bohol -- Photo courtesy of WisDoc on Flickr

The Republic of the Philippines, also branded as “Pearl of the Orient.” Is a tropical archipelago with thousands of coconut and palm tree, plain white sand beaches and escapade tours to take you to choicest scenic spots.

The Philippines is a founding and active constituent of the United Nations. The Philippines is also a founding and prominent member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), an active member in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and the Group of 24. The Philippines is a major non-NATO ally of the United States.

Philippine Island

An Island in Samar -- Photo courtesy of Weduku on Flickr

Well-liked past times of Filipinos include basketball (Philippine Basketball Association), Philippine Food and dining out in general. Night life in the Philippines also gained excellent repute locally and overseas. Travel is something people find irresistible to do in the Philippines, with literally thousands of destinations to choose from.

As for the economy, the boom of Call Centers in the Philippines played a major role in the improvement of the financial system, business, and the strengthening of the Philippine Peso. The IT industry is also one of the top trades in the Philippines with our talented and comparatively inexpensive pool of IT professionals.

Philippine climate is hot, humid, and tropical. This is chiefly the reason why Philippine tourism is flourishing as westerners make an effort to flight the cold weather, taking sanctuary in the Philippines’ copious beaches filled with colorful foliage and sandy white beaches. The standard annual temperature is around 26.5 degrees Celsius. The 3 seasons are: the hot season or summer from March to May, the rainy season from June to November, and the cold season from December to February.

Mt. Apo

Mt. Apo crater -- Photo courtesy of Gsy Donkey on Flickr

The highest peak in the Philippines belongs to Mount Apo in Davao at 2,954 meters above sea level. Several volcanoes in the country, such as Mount Pinatubo, are active. The Philippines is also across the typhoon belt of the Western Pacific and is hit by an average of 20 typhoons per year. She also experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activities being on the Pacific Ring of Fire.