10 Facts on the Geography of the Republic of the Philippines

Philippines 101: Geography

Philippines 101: Geography.

Here is the first installment to Philippines 101.

Being born here in the United States and actually speaking my native language of "Tagalog", over the years I've researched everything there is to know about my culture and the Philippines. I hope you find this article to be informative, and of course "COOL!" :)

Here are 10 facts you need to mention when you are doing research on Philippine Geography. The first 3 are the most important, so pay attention. =)

1.) To locate the Philippines in a standard map, the country is located in Southeast Asia, just southwest of Japan.  

2.) On the map it may not look as much, but there are 7,107 islands that make up the Archipelago (group of islands) of the Philippines. Not 300, not 500, not 3, but 7,107 islands =) Surprised? I thought so.  =)

3.) The 3 main islands groups are Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

4.) Being located astride the typhoon belt, the Philippines is affected by at least 15 typhoons a year.

5.) The highest point in the Philippines is Mount Apo in Mindanao, which is 9,691 ft.

6.) The Philippines is divided into 17 Regions, and those 17 regions are further subdivided into 81 Provinces that make up the Philippines.

7.) The longest river is the Cagayan River in Cagayan Valley.

8.) In the Philippines there are 5 major active Volcanoes; Taal, Pinatubo, Mayon, Canlaon, and Ragang.

9.)  The four seas that surround the Philippines are;  Philippine Sea ,South China Sea, Celebes Sea, and Sulu Sea,

10.)  The current population of the Philippines is 101,833,938 (July 2011 est.)

I hope these facts are helpful for learning more about our beautiful country.

Remember " Knowledge is Power"



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