The Philippines is the third largest English speaking country in the world. It has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. Prior to Spanish colonization in 1521, the Filipinos had a rich culture and were trading with the Chinese and the Japanese. Spain's colonization brought about the construction of Intramuros in 1571, a "Walled City" comprised of European buildings and churches, replicated in different parts of the archipelago.
- Population : approx 7 crore 65 lacs
- Capital City : Manila
- Currency : Peso
- Language : English & Filipino are the official languages. However a smattering of other languages are also spoken.
- Climate : Hot & humid in summer , cool in winter. Ranges between 23 & 32 degrees centigrade.
- Economy : The Philippines is a newly industrialized country with an agricultural base, light industry, and service-sector economy. It has been listed in “ Next Eleven” economies. The Philippines has one of the most vibrant Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industries in Asia, including Fortune 500 companies.