United States Dollar (USD) currencies <====>Philippine Peso (PHP) currencies $1.00 = ₱42.16
$5.00 = ₱210.78
$10.00 = ₱421.56
PhilippineFLAG ------------------- Coat of arms
Motto: Maka-Diyos, Makatao, Makakalikasan, at Makabansa
(English: "For God, People, Nature, and Country")
The Philippines (Filipino: Pilipinas), officially the Republic of the Philippines (Republika ng Pilipinas; RP), is an archipelagic nation located in Southeast Asia, with Manila as its capital city. The Philippine Archipelago comprises 7,107 islands in the western Pacific Ocean. The Philippines is the world's 12th most populous country, with a population of 88 million.Its national economy is the 39th in the world with a 2007 gross domestic product (GDP) of over US$145 billion.
Filipinos are mostly of Austronesian descent, but there are significant American, Arab, Chinese, Hispanic and Indian minorities.There are more than 11 million overseas Filipinos worldwide, about 11% of the total population of the Philippines.
The Philippines became a Spanish colony in the 16th century, and then a U.S. colony after the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War. The Philippines has many affinities with the Western world, derived mainly from the cultures of Spain, Latin America, and the United States .Roman Catholicism became the predominant religion, although the pre-Hispanic indigenous religious practices and Islam still exist. The two official languages of the Philippines are Filipino, which is based on Tagalog, and English.
Administrative divisions The Philippines is divided into three island groups : Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. These are divided into 17 regions, 81 provinces, 136 cities, 1,494 municipalities and 14,995 barangays. 
>Ilocos Region (Region I)
>Cagayan Valley (Region II)
>Central Luzon (Region III)
>CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
>MIMAROPA (Region IV-B)
>Bicol Region (Region V)
>Cordillera Administrative >Region (CAR)
>National Capital Region (NCR) (Metro Manila)
Independence > from Spain >from United States Declared ---->>June 12, 1898 Self-government ---->>March 24, 1934 Current constitution ---->> February 2, 1987 Area ]Total --->300 000 km² (72nd)
115,831 sq mi
Water (%) --->0.61%
Population - 2007 estimate 88,706,3002 (12th)
- 2000 census 76,504,077
- Density 276/km² (42nd)
History Of Philippines
The first inhabitants of the Philippines arrived from the land bridge from Asia over 150,000 years ago. Throughout the years, migrants from Indonesia, Malaysia, and other parts of Asia made their way to the islands of this country. In the fourteenth century, the Arabs arrived and soon began a long tradition of Islam. Many Muslims are still living in the Philippines today.
In 1521, Magellan claimed the land for Spain, but was killed by local chiefs who did not want Spain’s inhabitance. However, Villalobos made a Spanish return in 1543 and named the land Filipinas after King Philip II. Spain soon after began their control. By 1571, the country had control over the entire archipelago, except for any Islamic areas.
The original inhabitants of the Philippines decided they wanted independence, and fought against the Spanish during the Spanish-American War. The Spanish succumbed to defeat and therefore, the Philippines declared itself independent of any power. However, the United States thought otherwise and purchased this land for $20 million from Spain.
In 1935, the US decided to give the Filipinos independence and so Manuel Quezon was sworn in as president, as the process for full independence began. The Japanese invaded the Philippines and ruled from 1942-1944 until the US invaded, which won the Philippines its independence completely in 1946.
Ferninand Marcos became president in 1965 and ruled until 1986. However, he was not well liked and accused of fraud, and an assassination of someone who opposed Marcos lead to protests. In 1986, an election saw Marcos and his opponent, Cory Aquino, the widow of the assassinated, both claim victory. The widow was powerful enough to spark enough civil unrest throughout the country to make Marcos flee.
Aquino established a democracy, but was lagged with economic problems. She was succeeded by Fidel Ramos in 1992. Ramos did try to help the slumping economy and clean the country from its corruption and difficulties.
In 1998, Ramos was replaced by movie star Joseph Estrada, more famous for his acting abilities than anything political. He promised the people a better economy, but ended up putting more money in his pocket than anywhere else. He was impeached and put on trial. He tried to block any access to his financial accounts, so the people staged demonstrations in Manila.
Arroyo, the vice-president, was sworn in as the new president. She has decided to let Estrada stand trial for his crimes. During her presidency, separatist groups have been linked to terrorism, the US has sent military assistance, and a military coup was staged.
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