The Philippines is an archipelago, or string of over 7,100 islands, in southeastern Asia between the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The two largest islands, Luzon and Mindanao, make up for two-thirds of the total land area. Only about one third of the islands are inhabited.
Why is it called the Philippines?
The Philippines are named after King Philip II (1527-1598) of Spain. The country was discovered by the Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 (while in Spanish service). Later tension arose between Portugal and Spain and in 1542 Spain re-claimed the islands for themselves, naming them after its then king.
Why is the location of the Philippines important?
It is the natural gateway to the East Asian Economies, having one of the most active and resilient economies in the Asia-Pacific region. It is one of the largest archipelagos in the world having about 7,107 islands and islets divided into three major island groupings called Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
What are five physical features?
They include land forms, bodies of water, climate, soils, natural vegetation, and animal life.
Is the Philippines a US territory?
For decades, the United States ruled over the Philippines because, along with Puerto Rico and Guam, it became a U.S. territory with the signing of the 1898 Treaty of Paris and the defeat of the Filipino forces fighting for independence during the 1899-1902 Philippine-American War.
What is the Philippines known for?
The Philippines is known for having an abundance of beautiful beaches and delicious fruit. The collection of islands is located in Southeast Asia and was named after King Philip II of Spain.
What country is the closest to the Philippines?
Nearby countries are Malaysia in the southwest, Indonesia in the south, Vietnam in the west, and Taiwan, and mainland China to the north. The Philippines shares maritime borders with China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Palau, Taiwan (ROC), and Vietnam.
What does Oi mean in Philippines?
[interjection] Oh!; Woah! Hey!
Is Philippines a third world country?
The Philippines is historically a Third World country and currently a developing country. The GDP per capita is low, and the infant mortality rate is high.