While the Philippines have claimed various territories throughout history, the country is one 300,000-square-kilometer country that is entirely surrounded by water in Asia, as of 2015. The Philippines are bordered by the South China and Philippines seas.
Historically, the Philippines has tried to claim various islands in Asia, but many of these remain disputed with other countries also claiming the territories. For example, both China and the Philippines claim ownership of Scarborough Shoal, and Sabah's eastern territory is currently in dispute between the Philippines and Malaysia. As of 2015, the Philippines occupies some features of the Spratly Islands, but they are not listed as part of the official national territory.Learn More
The Philippine Islands are located between the equator and the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere. Comprised of over 7,100 islands, the archipelago is situated just off the coast of Southeast Asia and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the South China Sea, Philippine Sea, Celebes Sea, Sulu Sea and the Luzon Strait. It is also located along the Pacific Ring of Fire.Full Answer >
The Philippines gained independence on July 4,1946, due to the signing of the Treaty of Manila with the United States, who had annexed the Philippines as a territory in 1898. While at first the U.S. intended for the Philippines to be a colonial property, conflicts in the Philippines caused the U.S. to become more inclined toward Philippine independence.Full Answer >
The major rivers in the Philippines are the Cagayan River, Rio Grande de Mindanao and the Agusan River. The country has a total of 421 rivers, but scientists consider 50 of them biologically dead.Full Answer >
Corruption, poverty and human rights are the major social issues in the Philippines. Corruption in the Philippines deters trade and economic development in the region, according to a senior U.S. diplomat.Full Answer >