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94% of the land is distributed over the 11 largest islands, and the islands are divided into three groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Luzon, is the largest and most populated island, and is home to the capital Manila. The Visayas are a scattering of seven islands in the central Philippines. Mindanao is the Muslim centre in the south,and the second largest island in the country.
All of the islands in the Philippines are prone to earthquakes and are part of a western Pacific arc system characterised by active volcanoes.
Superb weather coupled with warm tropical waters can offer some of the most attractive sunbathing and swimming facilities in this part of the world. There are three distinct seasons; the rainy season (July to October), cool and dry (November to February), and hot and mainly dry (March to June).
Facts and Figures
|Area||300,000 sq km (115,831 sq miles).|
|Population||94,013,200 (2010 estimate).|
|Capital||Manila- population 1,660,714 (2010)|
|Language||Filipino, based on Tagalog, is the national language. English is widely spoken, Spanish less so. There are over 111 cultural and racial groups, each with its own language or dialect; in 1990 there were 988 recorded languages.|
|Religion||Roman Catholic 84 per cent; the rest are made up mostly of Muslims, other Christian denominations, Buddhist and Taosts.|
|Time||GMT + 8|
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