Philippines Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting

Updated: 2019-08-18.

Republic of the Philippines • Republika ng Pilipinas

The Philippines is an archipelago country in southeast Asia. Made up of more than 7,000 islands, it shares no land borders with other nations. However, it does have water borders with Taiwan and Japan to its north, Vietnam to its west, Indonesia and Malaysia to its south, and Palau to its east.

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Philippines Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of the Philippines – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Manila

Largest City: Quezon City

Population: 102 million (2019 estimate)

Language(s): Filipino, Tagalog, English

President: Rodrigo Duterte

Vice President: Maria Leonor Robredo

Currency: Philippine Peso (₱) (PHP)

Area: 300,000 km2 (120,000 mi2)

Dialing Code: +63

Time Zone: Philippine Standard Time (PST) UTC+8

Demonym: Filipino or Filipina (male/female) or, colloquially, Pinoy or Pinay (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: Pilipinas or Filipinas (their name for their country)

Emergency Number: 911

Drinking Age: 18

Smoking Age: 18

Age of Consent: 12

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: 220 V, 60 Hz, Plug Types A / B / C (define)

ISO Country Code: PH