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.Philippines, fascination of the 7.000 islands
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official language English, Filipino
capitol city Manila
form of goverment republic
president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
size 300.000 kmē
inhabitants 84.525.639
density of population 282 inhabitants per kmē
independence 4. Juli 1946
official currency Philippine Peso
timezone UTC +8
motor vehicle sign RP
phone pre.dial +63

The Philippines, is an interesting and popular travel-country with its 7.107 islands. Approximately 1.000 islands are lived in. Approximately 2.500 smaller islands have not a name. Only 11 islands have a surface of more than 2.500 km²s. The biggest islands are Luzon, Mindanao, Samar, Negros, Mindoro, Panay and Palawan. The Philippines offer you an unique variety of exotic landscapes, from unapproachable mountain-regions over tropical forests until to countless seas and rivers. Beaches like dream Beaches you find almost on each island. For divers, the coasts are with an indescribable of beautiful and diverse animal - and plant world a true underwater-paradise.

Manila is the capital of the Philippines and includes the former cities Manila and Quezon city. Manila consists quarters with banks of several, administration-constructions and shopping center (for example Makati) and old, narrow densely populated, traditional districts (for example Quiapo) in which seldom tourists goes.
Only few remains of the long Spanish colonial-reign are preserved, because the eldest district of Intramuros became in the II World War, largely as the Philippines from Japan were occupied, destroys.
Whoever looks for the special adventure, that can an ascent on the occasionally active volcanos of the islands, as for example the only a little to the south from Manila of situated Taal dares. However, but such a trip is not harmless.

In the interior, you find no splendid constructions from the high-time of the Buddhism and Hinduism, but old Spanish churches and even much older rice-terraces, in contrast to many other countries of southeast asia. The extended rice-terraces are in the north of the island Luzon, with Banaue. There, the native mountain-inhabitants partially still live in its conventional home.
Also many other traditions, like weaving of colorful cloths, the bronze-cast and the manufacture of rice-schnapps, were protected. The mining on gold has in this region, a long tradition. Not few mountain-inhabitants carry the typical protection-helmets of the miners as headdress still today.

The republic of the Philippines, Republika ng Pilipinas, English Republic of the Philippines; the name comes from the Spanish king Philipp II., lies in the western Pacific ocean and belongs to southeast-Asia. That South-Chinese sea separates the island-group from Vietnam in the west, the Celebessee from Indonesia in the south. The archipelago, that stretches from 5° to 21° more northern breadths and from 117° to 126° more eastern extents, forms the fifth-biggest island state of the world to Indonesia, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea and Japan.

Cities: Manila (agglomerate-ion), approximately 17 million reported resident, 2-3 millions, live illegally in Manila because of country-escape, Look also the list of the cities at the Philippines. Quezon city, Caloocan, Davao city, Cebu city;

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Languages: 55% Filipinos, similar like Tagalog, 28% Tagalogs, 25% Cebuanos and other area-languages; furthermore English, Spanish and Chinese, with which has spread in contrast to other Asian countries the English language very strongly.

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Religion: 84% Catholics, 5% Muslim, also Protestants, Buddhists' and supporters of indigenen religions
National-holiday: 12. June and July 4

The republic of the Philippines, Republika ng Pilipinas, English Republic of the Philippines; the name come from the Spanish king Philipp II., lies in the western Pacific ocean and belongs to southeast-Asia. That South-Chinese sea separates the island-group from Vietnam in the west, that Celebessee from Indonesia in the south. The archipelago, that stretches from 5° to 21° more northern breadths and from 117° to 126° more eastern extents, forms the fifth-biggest island state of the world to Indonesia, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea and Japan.

Cities: Manila (agglomerate-ion), approximately 17 million reported resident, with which 2-3 millions, that live illegally in Manila, should still come approximately to it, country-escape, Quezon city, Caloocan, Davao city, Cebu city; look also the list of the cities at the Philippines.
Languages: 28% Tagalogs, 55% Filipinos, from Tagalog derived, 25% Cebuanos and other pub-languages; furthermore English, Spanish and Chinese, with which has spread in contrast to other Asian countries the English language very strongly.
Religion: 84% Catholics, 5% Muslim, Protestants, Buddhists' and supporters of indigenen religions
National-holiday: 12. June and July 4