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Philippines: Detailed Information

Location:
Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam

Philippine Location, Islands Philippines

Geographic coordinates:
13 00 N, 122 00 E

Map references: Southeast Asia

Area:
Total Area: 300,000 sq km

Land Area: 298,170 sq km

Comparative Area: slightly larger than Arizona

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 36,289 km

Maritime Claims: measured from claimed archipelagic baselines

Dontinental Shelf: to depth of exploitation

Exclusive Economic Zone: 200 nm

Territorial Sea: irregular polygon extending up to 100 nm from coastline as defined by 1898 treaty; since late 1970s has also claimed polygonal-shaped area in South China Sea up to 285 nm in breadth

International Disputes: involved in a complex dispute over the Spratly Islands with China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and possibly Brunei; claims Malaysian state of Sabah

Climate: tropical marine; northeast monsoon (November to April); southwest monsoon (May to October)

Terrain: mostly mountains with narrow to extensive coastal lowlands

lowest point: Philippine Sea 0 m
highest point: Mount Apo 2,954 m

Natural Resources: timber, petroleum, nickel, cobalt, silver, gold, salt, copper

Land Use:
Arable Land: 26%
Permanent Crops: 11%
Meadows and Pastures: 4%
Forest and Woodland: 40%
Other: 19%
Irrigated Land: 16,200 sq km (1989 est.)

Environment:
Current Issues: uncontrolled deforestation in watershed areas; soil erosion; air and water pollution in Manila; increasing pollution of coastal mangrove swamps which are important fish breeding grounds

Natural Hazards: astride typhoon belt, usually affected by 15 and struck by five to six cyclonic storms per year; landslides, active volcanoes, destructive earthquakes, tsunamis

International Agreements: party to - Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Tropical Timber 83, Wetlands; signed, but not ratified - Desertification, Tropical Timber 94


Travel Quotes:

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears. Cesare Pavese

When the traveler goes alone he gets acquainted with himself. Liberty Hyde Bailey

Common dishes

Popular catches include tilapia, catfish (hito), milkfish (bangus), grouper (lapu-lapu), shrimp (hipon), prawns (sugpo), mackerel (galunggong, hasa-hasa), swordfish, oysters (talaba), mussels (tahong), clams (halaan and tulya), large and small crabs (alimango and alimasag respectively), game fish, sablefish, tuna, cod, blue marlin, and squid/cuttlefish (both called pusit).

More details at Common dishes

Central Philippine Cuisine

Bicol is noted for its gastronomic appetite for the fiery or chili-hot dishes. Perhaps the most well-known Bicolano dish is the very spicy Bicol express. The region is also the well-known home of natong also known as laing or pinangat (a pork or fish stew in taro leaves).

More details at Central Philippine Cuisine


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