The Philippines consists of 7107 islands in the western Pacific Ocean, only 2000 of which are inhabited. Luzon and Mindanao are by far the largest, and comprise roughly 66% of the country’s area. The Philippines has developed a mixed culture from the blending of foreign influences with native elements. Today some of the isolated tribes are the only people whose culture remains unadulterated by earlier Muslim and later Spanish and American influences.

Area: 299,000 sq km
Population: 78.4 million
Capital: Manila
People: Predominantly descendants of Malays, Chinese and Muslim minorities and a number
of mestizos (Filipino-Spanish or Filipino-Americans)
Language: Filipino (Tagalog) and English plus numerous widely spoken indigenous languages, some Spanish
Religion: 82% Roman Catholic, 9% Protestant, 5% Muslim, 3% Buddhist
Government: Republic
GDP: US$310 billion
Major Industries: Electronic and electrical products, and textiles
Major Trading Partners: USA, Japan, and Taiwan

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