The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is a country and archipelago in Southeast Asia consisting of approximately 7,640 islands. The Philippines were part of the Spanish Empire from 1565 to 1898, after the Spanish-American War in 1898, the Americans took over. In 1946 the country declared its independence. The Philippines is divided into three geographic areas, from north to south: Luzon (including Manila, Palawan), Visayas (including Cebu City) and Mindanao (including Davao City). The capital of the Philippines is Manila, Quezon City is the city with the most inhabitants, both are part of Metro Manila / National Capital Region (14 million inhabitants). The busiest airport in the Philippines is Manila Ninoy Aquino Airport, well-known airlines from the Philippines are Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Philippines AirAsia.
Practical information about the Philippines:
Time zone: UTC+8 Philippine Time
National Day: 12 June
Airport: paliparan / airport