Interesting Philippines Facts

Philippines is an island country located in South-Eastern Asia where it is bordered by the Celebes Sea, South China Sea and Sulu Sea. It spans 300,000 km2 of land. The estimated overall population of Philippines is thought to be more than 104,918,090.

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Philippines Fact File: Continent: Asia * Country Name(s): Philippines, Republic of the Philippines * Location: South-Eastern Asia * Bordering: the Celebes Sea, South China Sea and Sulu Sea * Capital City: Manila * Size: 300,000 km2 * Estimated Population: over 104,918,090 * Currency: Philippine peso (PHP) * Language(s): English and Filipino * Country Code: +63

Interesting Philippines Facts for Kids

Interesting Facts for Kids 1: Size & location facts
Philippines belongs to the continent of Asia, it is classed as an island country and is situated in the Celebes Sea, South China Sea and Sulu Sea in South-Eastern Asia. There are seven continents in the world: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Antarctica, Australia (Oceania). Asia is the world's largest continent, it has 48 countries, with some countries belonging to both Asia and Europe, occupies a total area of 43,820,000 km2 and forms 29.5% of the landmass of the world. Philippines is an island country that encompasses a total area of approximately 300,000 km2. It is is formed of a huge archipelago of more than 7,600 islands. The Philippines has three principal geographical divisions known as Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The largest island of the Philippines is located in the north and is called Luzon.

Interesting Facts for Kids 2: Population facts
The population of this Asian country is somewhere in the region of 104,918,090 people. The majority of Philippines' inhabitants reside in Quezon City which is the country's most populous city. Philippines has one of the highest populations in the world, its overall population density is approximately 313 people per sq km. The estimated population of Asia is approximately 4,393,296,000 inhabitants, making it the continent with the largest population in the world. The continents in order of population, starting with highest population first, are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Australia (Oceania Region) and Antarctica. The total population of the entire world is in excess of 7.6 billion people.

Interesting Facts for Kids 3: Capital & major cities
The capital city of Philippines is Manila. Other major cities located in this country include Quezon City, Caloocan City, Budta, Davao City and Malingao.

Interesting Facts for Kids 4: Country borders
The following guideline provides details on the approximate border lengths of Philippines:
Coastline 36,289 km.

Interesting Facts for Kids 5: Climate and geography facts
The Philippines experiences a hot tropical climate with two monsoon periods. The northwest monsoon occurs from November to April, and the southeast monsoon occurs from May to October. The Philippines is formed of an extensive archipelago of islands that are composed mainly of mountainous regions, lowlands and coastal areas. The lowest point of Philippines is the Philippine Sea at 0m, and the highest point of elevation is Mount Apo at 2,954m.

Interesting Facts for Kids 6: Natural Resources of Philippines
Natural resources can be defined as materials and substances that occur naturally on Earth. Natural resources are very important across the world, and can be exploited for economic gain. The level of resources that occur naturally in an individual country are influenced by varying factors such as the geography, climate and location of that country. Some countries are very rich in natural resources, where as others have limited to none. Countries that have particularly rich resources include Russia, The United States, Saudi Arabia and Canada. Food, construction and transport are three primary examples of uses of natural resources. The following information provides examples of these uses: fish occurs naturally in streams, rivers, lakes and oceans, and can be caught for food consumption. Wood/timber can be extracted from forests for construction purposes, i.e. to build homes and furniture. Crude oils can be refined into different kinds of fuels in order to power vehicles/cars. The natural resources of Philippines include timber, petroleum, nickel, cobalt, silver, gold, salt and copper.

Interesting Facts for Kids 7: Language facts
The official language of the Philippines is Filipino and English, and there are eight major Tagalog dialects spoken in this country. Some of the other languages spoken on a much small scale in this country include Cebuano, Waray, Ilocano, Bicol, Hiligaynon, Pampango and Pangasinan

Interesting Facts for Kids 8: Religion facts
The main religion of Philippines is Roman Catholic at approximately 80% of the population. Around 5% are Muslim and 2% Evangelical. The rest of the population either belongs to other religions or no religion at all.

Interesting Facts for Kids 9: Symbols of Philippines
Each country has its own individual culture, history and identity. Flags, emblems, symbols, mottos, colors, anthems and songs represent the national pride and identity of countries worldwide. These national symbols are formed through the unique history of a nation and are symbolic of both hardship and prosperity, embodying freedom, strength and unity. Flags, emblems, colors, songs and mottos reflect the past, present and future aspirations of a country, and create an important image to the rest of the world. National symbols can include a mixture of things that are symbolic to a nation such as wildlife, plants, geographical features, crops, tools of agriculture, and tools of war. The following facts and information provide a guide to some of the most important national symbols, songs and colors of Philippines:

  • National symbol(s): three stars and sun, Philippine eagle

  • National colors: red, white, blue and yellow

  • National Anthem/Song: Lupang Hinirang (Translation: Chosen Land)

  • National Holiday(s): Independence Day, 12 June (1898)

  • National Motto(s): Maka-Diyos, Maka-Tao, Makakalikasan at Makabansa (Translation: For God, for the people, for nature and for the country)

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