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The Philippine Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century and were ceded to the US in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. In 1935, the Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth. Following Japanese occupation during World War II, the Republic of the Philippines attained its independence on 4 July 1946.

  • Chocolate Hills;
  • Underground River Tour;
  • Batad Rice Terraces;
  • Historic Tour of Corregidor Island (includes Pacific War Memorial, Malinta Tunnel);
  • Pagsanjan Falls
  • Private Jets, Helicopters and Airliners
  • Finest Onboard Catering
  • Ground Transport and Yachts
  • Luxury Villa & House Rentals
  • Local Guide & 24/7 Assistance
  • Customized Global Services
  • The State's Capital
  • Time Zone
    UTC +8
  • Telephone Code
  • Total Area
    300 000 Km2
  • Population
    116 434 200 (2023 est.)
  • Main Languages
    Filipino (based on Tagalog), English
  • Currency
    Philippine pesos (PHP)
  • GDP Per Capita
    USD 8100
  • Airports
  • Heliports

    Tropical marine; northeast monsoon (November to April); southwest monsoon (May to October)

    Tagalog 24.4%, Bisaya/Binisaya 11.4%, Cebuano 9.9%, Ilocano 8.8%, Hiligaynon/Ilonggo 8.4%, Bikol/Bicol 6.8%, Waray 4%, other local ethnicity 26.1%, other foreign ethnicity 0.1% (2010 est.)

    Use academic, professional, or honorific titles and a person's surname until you are invited to use their first name.

    Adobo — chicken and/or pork marinated or braised in a sauce of garlic, peppercorns, and soy sauce and then fried in oil; traditionally served over a bed of rice

    Diversified, growing East Asian economy; major semiconductor, ship-building, and electronics exporter; significant remittances; COVID-19 hit consumption and investments hard; regional tensions with China; major geothermal energy user

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