• The population of the Philippines was estimated to be just under one hundred million in 2014; half reside on the island of Luzon.

• The Philippines officially comprises 7107 islands, though the actual figure varies depending on the definition of “island”, with reef tips and shoals numbering in the tens of thousands.

• The Philippines has the largest diaspora in the world, with 11–12 million Filipinos living and working overseas, mostly as nurses, maids or on cruise ships.

• The richest individual in the Philippines is thought to be mall tycoon Henry Sy (SM group), with a US$12 billion net worth – this in a country where the average wage is less than US$300/month.

Tanduay rum dates back to 1854, and today remains the nation’s spirit of choice. Made with sugar cane milled in Negros, it’s frequently cheaper than bottled water.

• Most Filipinos have at least one uncle or aunt named Boy, Girlie or Baby.

• Filipino and English are the official languages of the Philippines (Filipino is just a standardized version of Tagalog), but there are at least 171 languages spoken throughout the archipelago, with Cebuano following Filipino in popularity.

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The stunning Philippines in pictures

The stunning Philippines in pictures

Rough Guides writer Kiki Deere shares some of her best photographs of the Philippines from her latest trip to Southeast Asia.  Comprising 7107 islands, the …

18 Dec 2015 • Kiki Deere insert_drive_file Article
Gorgeous video explores the Philippines from above

Gorgeous video explores the Philippines from above

The Philippines is beautiful from the ground, but from above it's even better. This video soars hundreds of metres into the air to give you a bird's-eye view …

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Batanes: off the radar on The Philippines' remotest islands

Batanes: off the radar on The Philippines' remotest islands

Kiki Deere, co-author of the Rough Guide to the Philippines, heads off the tourist trail to Batanes. This cluster of islands, located almost 150km off the north…

25 May 2015 • Kiki Deere insert_drive_file Article
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