The Philippines is an island nation of Southeast Asia, located in the western Pacific Ocean.
Filipino and English are the official languages, but the country also recognizes 8 regional languages including: Bikol, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Ilokano, Pampango, Pangasinense, Tagalog, and Waray.
The Philippines is a unitary presidential constitutional republic.
There is a constitutional separation of church and state, however, more than 90% of the population are Christians. About 80% belong to the Roman Catholic Church while 10% belong to other Christian denominations, likely due to the large influence of Spanish colonization. 5-10% of the population is Muslim, mostly concentrated in the Moro region.
The currency is the peso.