The Philippines /ˈfɪlɨpiːnz/ FI-lə-peenz , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines is a sovereign country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam. The Sulu Sea to the southwest lies between the country and the island of Borneo, and to the south the Celebes Sea separates it from other islands of Indonesia. It is bounded on the east by the Philippine Sea. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and its tropical climate make the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons but...
|Founded:||March 16, 1521|
|Official language:||Filipino language, English Language|
|Area:||115,830.6 sq. mi.|
|Form of government:||Republic, Presidential system, Constitutional republic|
|Also known as:||Pearl of the Orient Seas, philippines, The Philippines|