Republic of the Philippines

Republika ng Pilipinas  (Filipino)
"Maka-Diyos, Maka-Tao, Makakalikasan at Makabansa"[1]
"For God, People, Nature, and Country"
Anthem: Lupang Hinirang
Chosen Land
Great Seal
Great Seal of the Philippines
Dakilang Sagisag ng Pilipinas  (Filipino)
Great Seal of the Philippines
Location of the Philippines
14°35′N 120°58′E / 14°35′N 120°58′E / 14.583; 120.967
Largest cityQuezon City
14°38′N 121°02′E / 14°38′N 121°02′E / 14.633; 121.033
Official languages
Recognized regional languages
National languageFilipino
Auxiliary languagesc
Ethnic groups
(masculine or neutral)
(colloquial masculine)
(colloquial feminine)
GovernmentUnitary presidential constitutional republic
• President
Rodrigo Duterte
Leni Robredo
Vicente Sotto III
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Lucas Bersamin
House of Representatives
Formation of the republic 
June 12, 1898
• Treaty of Paris (1898) / Spanish cessiond
December 10, 1898
January 21, 1899
March 24, 1934
May 14, 1935
July 4, 1946
February 2, 1987
• Total
300,000[4][5] km2 (120,000 sq mi) (72nd)
• Water (%)
0.61[6] (inland waters)
• Land
• 2015 census
100,981,437[7] (13th)
• Density
336/km2 (870.2/sq mi) (47th)
GDP (PPP)2018 estimate
• Total
$960.7 billion[8] (27th)
• Per capita
$9,862[8] (119th)
GDP (nominal)2018 estimate
• Total
$371.8 billion[8] (36th)
• Per capita
$3,541[8] (125th)
Gini (2015)Positive decrease 40.1[9]
medium · 44th
HDI (2017)Increase 0.699[10]
medium · 113th
CurrencyPeso (₱) (PHP)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
• Summer (DST)
UTC+8 (not observed)
Date format
  • mm-dd-yyyy
  • dd-mm-yyyy (AD)
Driving sideright[11]
Calling code+63
ISO 3166 codePH
Internet TLDOfficial Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines
  1. ^ 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 Malacanang Palace and some agencies/institutions that are located within the capital city.[12]
  2. ^ In Republic Act No. 11106, the Filipino Sign Language was declared as national sign language of the Filipino deaf as well as the official sign language of government in all transactions involving the deaf.[13][14]
  3. ^ The 1987 Philippine constitution specifies "Spanish and Arabic shall be promoted on a voluntary and optional basis."[15]
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ The United States of America recognized the independence of the Philippines on July 4, 1946, through the Treaty of Manila.[16] 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 President Diosdado Macapagal issued Presidential Proclamation No. 28, shifting it to June 12, the date of Emilio Aguinaldo's proclamation.[17]
  6. ^ 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.[18] They were all wealthy and well educated.[19]

The Philippines (z/ (About this soundlisten) FIL-ə-peenz; 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[20] that are categorized broadly 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.[21] 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, 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 has an area of 300,000 km2 (120,000 sq mi),[4][5] according to the Philippines Statistical Authority and the WorldBank and, as of 2015, had a population of at least 100 million.[7] As of January 2018, it was the eighth-most populated country in Asia and the 12th most populated country in the world. Approximately 10 million additional Filipinos lived overseas,[22] 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.[23] Exchanges with Chinese, Malay, Indian and Arab nations occurred. Then, various competing maritime states were established under the rule of datus, rajahs, sultans or 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.[24] 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.[25]

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.[26] Aside from the period of Japanese occupation, the United States retained sovereignty over the islands until after World War II, when the Philippines was recognized as an independent nation. Since then, the unitary sovereign state has often had a tumultuous experience with democracy, which included the overthrow of a dictatorship by a non-violent revolution.[27]

It 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.[28] The Philippines is considered to be an emerging market and a newly industrialized country,[29] which has an economy transitioning from being based on agriculture to one based more on services and manufacturing.[30] Along with East Timor, the Philippines is one of Southeast Asia's predominantly Christian nations.


The Philippines was named in honor of King Philip II of Spain. Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos, during his expedition in 1542, named the islands of Leyte and Samar Felipinas after the then-Prince of Asturias. Eventually the name Las Islas Filipinas would be used to cover all the islands of the archipelago. Before that became commonplace, other names such as Islas del Poniente (Islands of the West) and Magellan's name for the islands San Lázaro were also used by the Spanish to refer to the islands.[31][32][33][34][35]

The official name of the Philippines has changed several times in the course of its history. During the Philippine Revolution, the Malolos Congress proclaimed the establishment of the República Filipina or the Philippine Republic. From the period of the Spanish–American War (1898) and the Philippine–American War (1899–1902) until the Commonwealth period (1935–1946), American colonial authorities referred to the country as the Philippine Islands, a translation of the Spanish name.[26] Since the end of World War II, the official name of the country has been the Republic of the Philippines. Philippines has steadily gained currency as the common name since being the name used in Article VI of the 1898 Treaty of Paris, with or without the definite article.[36]

Other Languages
Acèh: Filipina
Адыгэбзэ: Филипинхэр
Afrikaans: Filippyne
Alemannisch: Philippinen
አማርኛ: ፊሊፒንስ
Ænglisc: Filippinīega
العربية: الفلبين
aragonés: Filipinas
ܐܪܡܝܐ: ܦܝܠܝܦܝܢܝܐ
armãneashti: Filipinji
arpetan: Felipines
অসমীয়া: ফিলিপাইন
asturianu: Filipines
Avañe'ẽ: Filipina
azərbaycanca: Filippin
تۆرکجه: فیلیپین
বাংলা: ফিলিপাইন
Bahasa Banjar: Pilipina
Bân-lâm-gú: Hui-li̍p-pin
Basa Banyumasan: Filipina
башҡортса: Филиппин
беларуская: Філіпіны
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Філіпіны
भोजपुरी: फिलिपींस
Bikol Central: Filipinas
български: Филипини
Boarisch: Philippinen
བོད་ཡིག: ཧྥི་ལི་པིན།
bosanski: Filipini
brezhoneg: Filipinez
буряад: Филиппина
català: Filipines
Чӑвашла: Филиппинсем
Cebuano: Pilipinas
čeština: Filipíny
Chamoru: Filipinas
Chavacano de Zamboanga: Filipinas
chiShona: Philippines
chiTumbuka: Philippines
Cymraeg: Y Philipinau
davvisámegiella: Filippiinnat
Deutsch: Philippinen
ދިވެހިބަސް: ފިލިޕީންސް
Diné bizaad: Kéyah Dańlíinii
dolnoserbski: Filipiny
डोटेली: फिलिपिन्स
eesti: Filipiinid
Ελληνικά: Φιλιππίνες
español: Filipinas
Esperanto: Filipinoj
estremeñu: Hilipinas
euskara: Filipinak
فارسی: فیلیپین
Fiji Hindi: Philippines
føroyskt: Filipsoyggjar
français: Philippines
Frysk: Filipinen
Gagauz: Filippinner
galego: Filipinas
贛語: 菲律賓
Gĩkũyũ: Philippines
ગુજરાતી: ફીલીપાઈન્સ
गोंयची कोंकणी / Gõychi Konknni: फिलीपिन्स
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Fî-li̍t-pîn
한국어: 필리핀
Hausa: Filipin
հայերեն: Ֆիլիպիններ
हिन्दी: फ़िलीपीन्स
hornjoserbsce: Filipiny
hrvatski: Filipini
Bahasa Hulontalo: Pilipina
Ilokano: Filipinas
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: ফিলিপাইন
Bahasa Indonesia: Filipina
interlingua: Philippinas
Interlingue: Filipines
Iñupiak: Philippines
íslenska: Filippseyjar
italiano: Filippine
Basa Jawa: Pilipina
Kabɩyɛ: Filipini
kalaallisut: Philippines
Kapampangan: Filipinas
къарачай-малкъар: Филиппинле
ქართული: ფილიპინები
kaszëbsczi: Filipinë
қазақша: Филиппиндер
kernowek: Filipinys
Kinyarwanda: Filipine
Kirundi: Filipine
Kiswahili: Ufilipino
Kreyòl ayisyen: Filipin
kurdî: Filîpîn
Кыргызча: Филиппин
кырык мары: Филиппинвлӓ
Ladino: Filipinas
لۊری شومالی: فيليپين
Latina: Philippinae
latviešu: Filipīnas
Lëtzebuergesch: Philippinnen
lietuvių: Filipinai
Ligure: Filippinn-e
Limburgs: Filipiene
lingála: Filípino
Lingua Franca Nova: Pilipinas
Livvinkarjala: Filippinat
la .lojban.: pilipinas
lumbaart: Filipinn
मैथिली: फिलिपिन्स
македонски: Филипини
Malagasy: Filipina
მარგალური: ფილიპინეფი
مازِرونی: فیلیپین
Bahasa Melayu: Filipina
Baso Minangkabau: Pilipina
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Hĭ-lĭ-pĭng
Mirandés: Filipinas
монгол: Филиппин
Nāhuatl: Filipinas
Dorerin Naoero: Eben Piripin
Nederlands: Filipijnen
नेपाली: फिलिपिन्स
नेपाल भाषा: फिलिपिन्स
日本語: フィリピン
нохчийн: Филиппинаш
Nordfriisk: Filipiinen
Norfuk / Pitkern: Felapiins
norsk nynorsk: Filippinane
Novial: Filipines
occitan: Filipinas
олык марий: Филиппин-влак
Oromoo: Filiippiinsi
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Filippin
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਫਿਲੀਪੀਨਜ਼
Pangasinan: Filipinas
پنجابی: فلپائن
Papiamentu: Filipinas
پښتو: فلېپين
Patois: Filipiinz
ភាសាខ្មែរ: ហ្វីលីពីន
Picard: Pilipines
Piemontèis: Filipin-e
Tok Pisin: Filipin
Plattdüütsch: Philippinen
polski: Filipiny
português: Filipinas
Qaraqalpaqsha: Filippin
qırımtatarca: Filippinler
română: Filipine
Runa Simi: Philipinakuna
русиньскый: Філіпіны
русский: Филиппины
саха тыла: Пилипиин
ᱥᱟᱱᱛᱟᱲᱤ: ᱯᱷᱤᱞᱤᱯᱟᱭᱤᱱ
Gagana Samoa: Filipaina
संस्कृतम्: कलिङ्गद्वीपः
Sängö: Filipîni
sardu: Filipinas
shqip: Filipinet
sicilianu: Filippini
සිංහල: පිලිපීනය
Simple English: Philippines
SiSwati: IFiliphayi
slovenčina: Filipíny
slovenščina: Filipini
ślůnski: Filipiny
Soomaaliga: Filibiin
کوردی: فلیپین
српски / srpski: Филипини
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Filipini
Basa Sunda: Pilipina
svenska: Filippinerna
Tagalog: Pilipinas
Taqbaylit: Filippin
татарча/tatarça: Филиппиннар
tetun: Filipinas
тоҷикӣ: Филиппин
Türkçe: Filipinler
Türkmençe: Filippinler
удмурт: Филиппин
ᨅᨔ ᨕᨘᨁᨗ: Filipina
українська: Філіппіни
اردو: فلپائن
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: فىلىپپىن
Vahcuengh: Feihlizbinh
vèneto: Filipine
vepsän kel’: Filippinad
Tiếng Việt: Philippines
Volapük: Filipuäns
Võro: Filipiiniq
walon: Filipenes
文言: 菲律賓
West-Vlams: Filipynn
Winaray: Pilipinas
Wolof: Filipiin
吴语: 菲律宾
ייִדיש: פיליפינען
Yorùbá: Filipínì
粵語: 菲律賓
Zazaki: Fılipin
Zeêuws: Filepijn’n
žemaitėška: Fėlėpinā
中文: 菲律宾