|Climate: Tropical weather here with rain and sunshine prevailing over different times through the year. Generally, the weather during the first part of the year is hot and dry. Down the second half of the year, it is usually wet with the highest rainfall around July and August.
Geography: The Philippines is made up of over 7000 islands, the largest being Luzon, home to the capital city of Manila. In total, the islands, sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea, make up an area of more than 300,000 square kilometers.
Population: The population is around 75 million and centred mainly around the big cities like Manila. A large Chinese community, the Mestizos and some tribes who reside in the north and some of the other islands, make up the rest of the population.
Economy: Agriculture and mining are among the main economic activities. Copra, sugar, abaca, tobacco and fruits have been cultivated here for many years and are among the main agricultural exports. The mining of gold and silver are equally important to the Filipino economy.
Religion: The Philippines is the only country in Asia where the dominant religion is Christianity, the majority of whom are Roman Catholics. The Muslims are the largest minority group and have predominantly settled in the southern island of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago.
Language: There are a number of local languages and dialects but Tagalog is the one that is widely used. English is considered a secondary language.
Currency: The currency unit here is the peso. (US$1 equals P43.20)