The Philippines is an archipelago in South-East Asia of more than seven thousand islands located between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea at the very eastern edge of Asia. The country is divided into the geographical areas of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Its capital city is Manila while its most populous city is Quezon City, both are part of Metro Manila.
The nation’s large population size and economic potential have led it to be classified as a middle power. It is a founding member of the United Nations, World Trade Organization, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and East Asia Summit. The national economy of the Philippines is the 39th largest in the world. Primary exports include semiconductors and electronic products, transport equipment, garments, copper products, petroleum products, coconut oil, and fruits.
Metro Manila is the center for entertainment and cultural activities. International acts are always flying in, while local acts are always on stage. Visit museums in Metro Manila and other parts of the country to get a glimpse of Philippine history and culture. Food is a huge part of Filipino culture, it is an exotic, tasteful fusion of Oriental, European, and American culinary influences with a wide variety of fresh seafood and delectable fruits. These influences have been adapted to local ingredients and the Filipino palate to create distinctly Filipino dishes.
The culture of the Philippines is very diverse. There is the native Melanesian and Austronesian culture, which is most evident in language, ethnicity, native architecture, food and dances. The Philippines is not only the largest Christian country in Asia, but also it is the world’s third largest Catholic Nation.