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Learn more about Philippines.
Flag of Philippines Philippines
Population: 86,241,697 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Manila
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An Introduction to Philippines
The Philippine Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century; they were ceded to the US in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. The islands attained their independence in 1946 after Japanese occupation in World War II. The 21-year rule of Ferdinand MARCOS ended in 1986, when a widespread popular rebellion forced him into exile. In 1992, the US closed its last military bases on the islands. The Philippines has had a series of electoral presidential transitions since the removal of MARCOS. The government continues to struggle with armed Muslim insurgencies in the south.

Philippines map

Map of Philippines ( Location ) : 13 00 N, 122 00 E, Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam. For additional reports and educational information specific to Philippines, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Filipino Flag
Two equal horizontal bands of blue (top) and red with a white equilateral triangle based on the hoist side; in the center of the triangle is a yellow sun with eight primary rays (each containing three individual rays) and in each corner of the triangle is a small yellow five-pointed star.

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Some interesting facts and figures about Philippines.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 1.88%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 66.74 yrs - Male
    • 72.61 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 3,310,900 (2002)

    • 3.7 million (1997)

    • 11,500,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .ph

Did you know ... People from Philippines are called Filipinos

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook