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    Name Republic of the Philippines (Republika ng Pilipinas)
    Capital City Manila
    Largest Cities Quezon City | Manila | Davao City
    Currency Peso (PHP)
    Official languages Filipino | English
    Population 103 million (rank: 13)
    Religion Catholic 83%
    Area 300,000 km2 / 120,000 miles2 (rank: 94)
    Population density 337 per km2 / 872 per mile2 (rank: 43)
    Anthem Lupang Hinirang (Chosen Land)
    Motto "Maka-Diyos, Maka-Tao, Makakalikasan at Makabansa"
    ("For God, People, Nature, and Country")
    Independence June 12, 1898 (from Spain)
    Highest point Mount Apo 2,954 metres (9,692 ft)
    Longest River Cagayan River
    Coastline 36,289 km (22,549 miles)
    Population data Growth rate: 1.59% | Birth rate: 2.4% | Death rate: 0.61%
    Life expectancy 70 years (Males: 66 years | Female: 73 years)
    Literacy rate 96% (Male: 95.8% | Female: 96.8%)
    GDP (PPP) $802 billion (Per capita: $7,700)
    Flag carrier Philippine Airlines
    Busiest airport Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL), Manila
    Calling code +63
    Internet TLD .ph
    President Rodrigo Duterte
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    King Philip II
    The Philippines was named in honor of King Philip II of Spain. Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos, during his expedition in 1542, named the islands of Leyte and Samar Felipinas after the then-Prince of Asturias. Eventually the name Las Islas Filipinas would be used to cover all the islands of the archipelago. Magellan's name for the islands 'San Lázaro' did not gain currency.
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    Second largest archipelago

    The Philippines is made up islands, making it the second-largest archipelago in the world (behind Indinesia) It has about 7,641 islands, of which only about 2,000 are inhabited. Some 5,000 islands are yet to be named.
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    Capital is named after a tree
    The Filipino name for the capital of Philippines, Maynilà, was originated from the word nilà, a flowering mangrove tree that grew there. As nilà products were distributed in other places, people came to refer to the area as "Sa may Nilà", Tagalog for "the place where there are nilàs". The word nilà itself is probably from the Sanskrit nila (नील), meaning "indigo".


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    Philippines National Symbols
    National Bird Philippine eagle
    National Flower Sampaguita
    National Gem Philippine pearl
    National sport / martial art Arnis (Eskrima/Kali)
    National Tree Narra
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    War flag
    If Philippines is at war, the national flag will be flown upside down with the red band at the top.
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    Rice terraces
    The rice terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The terraces were built about 2,000 years ago and — thanks to the rough terrain keeping settlers out — remain as they would have been in pre-colonial times.
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Current weather (Manila)
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    World's biggest pearl
    World's biggest natural giant clam pearl was found in the Philippines sea by a Filipino fisherman. It measures 2.2 feet (67 cm) long, 1 foot (30 cm) wide and weighs 34 kilograms (75 lb)



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    Ramon del Fierro Magsaysay, Sr. was the seventh President of the Republic of the Philippines. He was the first Filipino president to wear the traditional "Barong Tagalog" as well as swear on the bible during inauguration. He died on March 17, 1957, as the presidential plane "Mt. Pinatubo" crashed on Mt. Manunggal in Cebu. The Ramon Magsaysay Award was established in April 1957 by the trustees of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund based in New York City with the concurrence of the Philippine government.
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    An islet in a lake on an island within a lake on an island.
    In the Philippines, there’s an islet (Vulcan Point) within a lake (Main Crater of Taal Volcano) on an island (Volcano Island) within a lake (Taal Lake) on an island (Luzon).
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    Subterranean River
    The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River in Palawan is 8.2 kilometers long. Until the discovery of a 10-kilometer underground river in Mexico, the Puerto Princesa River was the longest subterranean waterway in the world.
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    World Heritage Sites in Philippines
    The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has designated 6 World Heritage Sites in Philippines.
    1. Baroque Churches of the Philippines
    2. Historic Town of Vigan
    3. Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary
    4. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
    5. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
    6. Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
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    National Anthem of Philippines
    Lupang Hinirang (Chosen Land) is the national anthem of the Philippines. Its music was composed in 1898 by Julián Felipe, and the lyrics were adapted from the Spanish poem Filipinas, written by José Palma in 1899. Originally written it did not have lyrics when it was adopted as the anthem of the revolutionary First Philippine Republic and subsequently played during the proclamation of Philippine independence on June 12, 1898.
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    Oldest commercial airline in Asia

    Philippine Airlines is the flag carrier of the Philippines. The airline was founded in 1941 and is the first and oldest commercial airline in Asia operating under its original name.

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