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Philippines

The Republic of the Philippines is an island nation located in the Malay Archipelago in Southeast Asia, comprising of over 7,000 islands. The entire Philippine Archipelago has a total land area of approximately 300,000 sq km (116,000 sq mi), making it the 72nd largest country by area.

In the 16th century, the islands were named 'Las Islas Filipinas' in honour of King Philip II of Spain, which was then later Anglicized to 'the Philippine Islands' after they were annexed by the United States.

Though its rich history, Philippine culture has many affinities with the West. Filipino and English are the official languages and Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion.

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