The Philippines, formally the Republic of Philippines, is a densely populated archipelago state in Southeast Asia, bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the east and Southeast Asia on the west. Situated between the Andaman Sea and South China Sea, it is bordered by Thailand in the south, Cambodia in the north and Malaysia in the west. It is a small island nation located at the southern end of Borneo Sea and is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico on the north and by India on the west.
The Philippines consists of seven major islands and is largely composed of seven tropical forest areas. They are: Arrecife, Boracay, Batangas, Manila, Negros Occidental, Sulu and Tawi-tawi. Most of them are located within Philippine territory, although some are located as far as Malaysia. This includes the island of Boracay in the south, the island of Manila in the north and the island of Negros Occidental in the west.
The Philippines is one of Asia’s most-visited tourist destinations with large cities such as Manila and Makati City attracting millions of tourists every year. Its tropical climate and scenic beauty attract many to the region, and many other travelers who visit the region on business or leisure tours. Many of its islands have beautiful resorts, villas and hotels. The islands are also famous for having several wildlife sanctuaries including the Catamaran Islands of Negros Occidental and the Basilan islands of the central part of the country.
The Philippine Islands of Boracay and Manila, and the island of Cebu, in particular, are highly popular destinations. In addition, the island of Isabela is a well-known place for its rich culture, natural resources and beaches. All the islands have a unique and distinct history and are home to diverse ethnic groups. There is also a strong Christian influence in each of the islands. There is no central government in the Philippines. The central government of the country only acts as an administrative center. This is why most of the laws and policies of the national government are enforced in the provinces.
Tourism is the largest industry in the Philippines. It is largely supported by government and private sectors of the economy and is responsible for almost 60% of the country’s GDP. The growth rate is relatively high despite the economic crisis.
One of the main cities in the Philippines is Manila, which is home to the international airport and the largest business district in Southeast Asia. Other cities in the country are Makati and Pasig City, San Juan and Taguig City.