The most interesting facts about the Philippines.
1.) The Philippines has a total land area of 299,764 km². It is ranked 72nd in the world but in terms of population it is ranked 12th with a population of 91,983,000. The country is the 43rd most densely populated in the world with a density of 306.6/km².
2.) The official languages in the Philippines are Filipino and English. Spanish and Arabic languages are promoted in the Philippines on a voluntary and optional basis. That is stated on the 1987 Philippine Constitution.
3.) The Philippines is divided into 3 island groups namely Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The island of Luzon is the world’s 17th largest island and the 4th most populous island. Mindanao is the 19th largest and the 5th most populous in the world.
4.) The Philippines is further divided into 17 regions. Each region is divided into provinces and there are 80 provinces. Each provinces are subdivided into municipalities/town and/or cities. At present there are 138 cities and 1,496 municipalities.
5.) Each town is divided into barangays – the smallest political unit in the country and there are 42,025 barangays from all over the archipelago.
6.) As an archipelago, the Philippines is ranked 5th with the longest coastline in the world with a length of 36,289 kilometers. As a country without land borders, the Philippines is ranked one.
7.) Manila, the Philippine capital, is the world’s most densely populated city in the world. With a population of 1,660,714 and an area of 38.55 km², it has a population density of 43,079/km².
8.) Metro Manila, which is composed of 16 cities, is the Philippines most populous metropolitan area and the 11th in the world with a population of about 16,300,300.
9.) The greater urban area of Metro Manila with a population of about 20,654,307 is the 5th largest in the world.
10.) More than 60% of Filipinos can speak English. The Philippines is the 5th largest English speaking country in the world with 49.8 million Filipinos out of 92 million speakers.
11.) There are 175 individual languages in the Philippines, 171 of which are living languages while the 4 others no longer have any known speakers.
12.) The Philippines is the largest supplier of nurses in the world.
13.) The Philippines is the largest Christian country in Asia. It is ranked 3rd in the world with the highest percentage of the population that is Christian and ranked 5th with the highest number of Christians.
14.) As of 2009, the Philippines is ranked 17 in the world with the largest Labor Force.
15,) The Philippines’ and Asia’s oldest existing university is the University of Santo Tomas (UST). It was established in 1611 and is 25 years older than the Harvard University – the oldest university of the United States.
16.) Asia's oldest commercial airline still operating under its original name in the Philippine Airline
17.) Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City was the world’s largest covered coliseum from 1960 to 1963. It is still one of the world’s largest clear span domes and Asia’s largest indoor facility.
18.) According to the Happy Planet Index, the Philippines is ranked 14 in 2009.
19.) The oldest names of the Philippines are Ma-i as stated on the Chinese annals of Sung Dynasty that dates back in 972 CE and Maniola as used by Claudius Ptolemy in 150 CE in referring to the group of islands south of China.
20.) The name Philippines was derived from “Las Islas Felipenas” (Philippine Islands), the name given by the Spanish explorer Ruy Lopez de Villalobos in honor of Philip II of Spain and the national personification used in the Philippines to represent the “Filipino” is Juan Dela Cruz.