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SPECIAL REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS - PHILIPPINES


INTRODUCTION1

The Philippines, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, is an island country located in Southeast Asia. Its capital city is Manila. The Philippines comprises 7,107 islands in the western Pacific Ocean, sharing maritime borders with Indonesia, Malaysia, Palau, the Republic of China (Taiwan), the People's Republic of China (China), and Vietnam. With a population of 90 million people, the Philippines is the world's 12th most populous country.

About two-fifths of the Philippine population lives in urban areas, while three-fifths of the people live in rural areas, although the proportion of people living in towns, and cities is steadily increasing. Most people live in urban areas, while farmers, and agriculturalists lived in rural towns, and villages. The majority of the people follow an old-age tradition in addition to the latest contemporary life styles, and fashion trends.

There are 80 languages spoken with Filipino and English as the two official languages. Filipino, which is based on Tagalog, is the national language. English is also widely used and is the medium of instruction in higher education. The Philippines is the third largest English-speaking country in the world.

 

1 Philippines, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines

 

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