Key Stats

Capital: Manila

Population: 104 million

Average life expectancy: 69 years

Literacy rate: 96%

Population living below poverty line: 22%

Population without electricity: 20.6 million

Population without access to safe drinking water: 8.5 million

Most widely spoken language: Tagalog

Source: The World Factbook

About Philippines

Located in southeastern Asia, the Philippines are a cluster of over 7,000 tropical islands between the Philippine and South China Seas. Despite recent economic expansion, rapid population growth and uneven distribution of wealth and resources have made matters worse for most Filipino residents. Inspired by Eastern and Western cultures, the Philippines include calligraphy, wood carving, and weaving among its traditional art forms.