Where is Philippines located on the world map?
The Philippines, in long form the Republic of the Philippines, is a Southeast Asian country made up of an archipelago of 7641 islands, eleven of which total more than 90% of the land.
There are three geographical areas: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Luzon is the largest and most northerly island, home to its capital, Manila, and the country’s largest city, Quezon City. In the center, the dense group of Visayas includes the islands of Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Panay, Masbate, Samar and Leyte. To the south, Mindanao is the second largest island; its main cities are Davao, Marawi, Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro. Southwest of Mindanao are the Sulu Islands, such as Basilan, Jolo and Tawi-Tawi, close to Borneo. Finally, to the west of the Visayas, extends the archipelago of Palawan, which alone counts more than 1700 islands. These islands are located west of the Pacific Ocean about 1000 kilometers southeast of the Asian continent. It is one of only two predominantly Catholic countries in Asia (with East Timor) and one of the most westernized. Spain and the United States, both of which colonized the country, have each had a great influence on the Filipino culture which is a unique blend of East and West.
The Philippine archipelago lies between 116 ° 40 ‘and 126 ° 34’ east longitude and 4 ° 40 ‘and 21 ° 10’ north latitude. It stretches 1,652 km from north to south and 1,066 km from east to west. It is bordered to the east by the Philippine Sea, to the west by the South China Sea and to the south by the Celebes Sea, but is more popularly located in the Pacific Ocean. To the south is the island of Celebes while to the south-east is the Maluku archipelago, both of Indonesia. To the south-west the sea of Sulu bathes the archipelago and separates it from Borneo, island shared between Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. To the north is Taiwan and about 500 km to the east, the Palau Islands.