Ready to learn a few fun facts about the Philippines?
Here’s our roundup of the most interesting Philippines facts:
1. The Philippines is an island country located in Southeast Asia. As an archipelagic nation, the Philippines is made up of around 7,641 islands! Since it’s an island country, there are no land borders, but it does share maritime boundaries with Japan, Indonesia, Palau, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, and China. Of those 7,641 islands, only a little over 2,000 are inhabited.
2. The Philippines is the fifth-largest island country in the world. At 120,000 mi2 (300,000 km2), it comes in behind Japan, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar, and Indonesia.
3. The Philippines is the 12th largest country by population. With a 2020 estimate of around 109 million inhabitants, the Philippines is just behind Japan, Mexico, and Russia, and just ahead of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Vietnam.
4. The capital of the Philippines is Manila. Officially known as the City of Manila (to differentiate it from Metro Manila), it is the most densely populated city in the world, with about 1.8 million people living in the city proper which is only 14.9 mi2 (38.5 km2) in area.
5. Metro Manila (Metropolitan Manila) is the seat of government in the Philippines. Metro Manila is actually made up of 16 cities: Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Pateros (a municipality), San Juan, Taguig, and Valenzuela.
6. The largest city in the Philippines is Quezon City. Quezon City, sometimes called simply QC, has an estimated population of over 3 million people. Once the capital of the Philippines, Quezon City is still home to many government offices and the national university.
7. The Philippines is one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world. As identified by Conservation International, a megadiverse country is one which holds a majority of the world’s plant and animal species. The Philippines is biologically diverse, estimated to be the home to over 100 mammal species and 170 bird species not present anywhere else. On top of those numbers, there is estimated to be around 2,400 fish species in its waters, and a total of 52,177 plant and animal species overall!
8. It’s the only country in the world where it’s illegal to get a divorce! As a deeply conservative country, especially under Duterte, couples can only get an annulment or separated. It is also the only Asian country that is mostly Christian (as opposed to Buddhist, Muslim, etc.), with around 80% of its population considering themselves Roman Catholic.
9. The world’s largest pearl was found in the Philippines. Weighing in at 75 lbs (34 kg), a fisherman found the giant pearl off the coast of Palawan island.
10. There are over 180 languages spoken in the Philippines! While 186 languages are classified, 4 of them seem to not have any more speakers of the language, which means there are 182 living languages in this Southeast Asian country. The official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and English. Other prominent languages include Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilokano, Hiligaynon, and Waray.
Well, that’s all our Philippines facts for now, and we hope you’ve found this post interesting and informative! Do you have any questions, feedback, or other facts about the Philippines we should include on our list? Let us know below in the comments, and thanks for reading!