quezon city 14°38′n121°02′e / 14°38′n121°02′e / 14.633; 121.033
recognized regional languages
protected auxiliary languages
other recognized languages
official and national sign languageb filipino sign language
filipino (masculine or neutral) filipina (feminine) pinoy (colloquial masculine or neutral) pinay (colloquial feminine) philippine
• vice president
maria leonor robredo
• senate president
vicente sotto iii
• house speaker
alan peter cayetano
• chief justice
• upper house
• lower house
house of representatives
formation of the republic
• independence from spain declared
june 12, 1898
• treaty of paris (1898) / spanish cessiond
december 10, 1898
• malolos constitution / first philippine republicf
january 21, 1899
• tydings–mcduffie act
march 24, 1934
• commonwealth of the philippines
may 14, 1935
• treaty of manila / independence from united statese
july 4, 1946
• current constitution
february 2, 1987
300,000 km2 (120,000 sq mi) (72nd)
• water (%)
• 2015 census
336/km2 (870.2/sq mi) (47th)
$1.110 trillion (27th)
• per capita
$10,094 (112th (2019))
$383 billion (32nd)
• per capita
$3,484 (125th (2019))
44.4 medium · 44th
0.712 high · 106th
peso (₱) (php)
• summer (dst)
utc+8 (not observed)
right, formerly left before 1947/1948
iso 3166 code
official gazette of the republic of the philippines
^ while manila proper is designated as the nation's capital, the whole of national capital region (ncr) is designated as seat of government, hence the name of a region. this is because it has many national government institutions aside from malacañang palace and some agencies/institutions that are located within the capital city.
^ article 3 of republic act no. 11106 declared the filipino sign language as the national sign language of the philippines, specifying that it shall be recognized, supported and promoted as the medium of official communication in all transactions involving the deaf, and as the language of instruction of deaf education.
^ the 1987 philippine constitution specifies "spanish and arabic shall be promoted on a voluntary and optional basis."
^ filipino revolutionaries declared independence from spain on june 12, 1898, but spain ceded the islands to the united states for $20 million in the treaty of paris on december 10, 1898, which eventually led to the philippine–american war.
^ the united states of america recognized the independence of the philippines on july 4, 1946, through the treaty of manila. this date was chosen because it corresponds to the u.s. independence day, which was observed in the philippines as independence day until may 12, 1962, when presidentdiosdado macapagal issued presidential proclamation no. 28, shifting it to june 12, the date of emilio aguinaldo's proclamation.
^ in accordance with article 11 of the revolutionary government decree of june 23, 1898, the malolos congress selected a commission to draw up a draft constitution on september 17, 1898. the commission was composed of hipólito magsalin, basilio teodoro, josé albert, joaquín gonzález, gregorio araneta, pablo ocampo, aguedo velarde, higinio benitez, tomás del rosario, josé alejandrino, alberto barretto, josé ma. de la viña, josé luna, antonio luna, mariano abella, juan manday, felipe calderón, arsenio cruz and felipe buencamino. they were all wealthy and well educated.
the philippines (z/ (listen); filipino: pilipinas[ˌpɪlɪˈpinɐs] or filipinas[ˌfɪlɪˈpinɐs]), officially the republic of the philippines (filipino: republika ng pilipinas),[a] is an archipelagic country in southeast asia. situated in the western pacific ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: luzon, visayas and mindanao. the capital city of the philippines is manila and the most populous city is quezon city, both part of metro manila. bounded by the south china sea on the west, the philippine sea on the east and the celebes sea on the southwest, the philippines shares maritime borders with taiwan to the north, japan to the northeast, vietnam to the west, palau to the east, and malaysia and indonesia to the south.
the philippines' location on the pacific ring of fire and close to the equator makes the philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons, but also endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the world's greatest biodiversity. the philippines is the world's 5th largest island country with an area of 300,000 km2 (120,000 sq mi). as of 2015, it had a population of at least 100 million. as of january 2018, it is the eighth-most populated country in asia and the 12th most populated country in the world. approximately 10 million additional filipinos lived overseas, comprising one of the world's largest diasporas. multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands. in prehistoric times, negritos were some of the archipelago's earliest inhabitants. they were followed by successive waves of austronesian peoples. exchanges with malay, indian, arab and chinese nations occurred. then, various competing maritime states were established under the rule of datus, rajahs, sultans and lakans.
the arrival of ferdinand magellan, a portuguese explorer leading a fleet for the spanish, in homonhon, eastern samar in 1521 marked the beginning of hispanic colonization. in 1543, spanish explorer ruy lópez de villalobos named the archipelago las islas filipinas in honor of philip ii of spain. with the arrival of miguel lópez de legazpi from mexico city, in 1565, the first hispanic settlement in the archipelago was established. the philippines became part of the spanish empire for more than 300 years. this resulted in catholicism becoming the dominant religion. during this time, manila became the western hub of the trans-pacific trade connecting asia with acapulco in the americas using manila galleons.
as the 19th century gave way to the 20th, the philippine revolution quickly followed, which then spawned the short-lived first philippine republic, followed by the bloody philippine–american war. the war, as well as the ensuing cholera epidemic, resulted in the deaths of thousands of combatants as well as tens of thousands of civilians. after the war, the united states retained sovereignty over the country until the japanese invasion and subsequent occupation of the islands during world war ii. later in the war, it was liberated by the combined forces of americans and filipinos and by 1946, was recognized as an independent nation. since then, the unitarysovereign state has often had a tumultuous experience with democracy, which included the overthrow of a dictatorship by a non-violent revolution.
the philippines is a founding member of the united nations, world trade organization, association of southeast asian nations, the asia-pacific economic cooperation forum, and the east asia summit. it also hosts the headquarters of the asian development bank. the philippines is considered to be an emerging market and a newly industrialized country, which has an economy transitioning from being based on agriculture to one based more on services and manufacturing. along with east timor, the philippines is one of southeast asia's predominantly christian nations.
^ While Manila proper is designated as the nation's capital, the whole of National Capital Region (NCR) is designated as seat of government, hence the name of a region. This is because it has many national government institutions aside from Malacañang Palace and some agencies/institutions that are located within the capital city.
^ Article 3 of Republic Act No. 11106 declared the Filipino Sign Language as the national sign language of the Philippines, specifying that it shall be recognized, supported and promoted as the medium of official communication in all transactions involving the deaf, and as the language of instruction of deaf education.
^ The 1987 Philippine constitution specifies "Spanish and Arabic shall be promoted on a voluntary and optional basis."