The Philippines consists of 7107 islands in the western Pacific Ocean, only 2000 of which are inhabited. Luzon and Mindanao are by far the largest, and comprise roughly 66% of the country's area. The Philippines has developed a mixed culture from the blending of foreign influences with native elements. Today some of the isolated tribes are the only people whose culture remains unadulterated by earlier Muslim and later Spanish and American influences.

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People: 33.8% Visayan, 27.7% Tagalog, 9.8% Ilocano, 6.8% Bicolano, 5.1% Moro, 3.1% Kapampangan, 1.7% Igorot, 1.4% Pangasinense, 1.2% Chinese, 1.1% ZamboangueƱo, 8.3% others
Language: Filipino, Spanish, Arabic
Religion: 82,9% Catholics, 5,4% Protestants, 4,6% Islam, 2,6%
Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic
GDP: $399 billion
Major Industries: electronics assembly, aerospace, business process outsourcing, food manufacturing, shipbuilding, chemicals, textiles, garments, metals, petroleum refining, fishing, rice
Major Trading Partners: APEC, ASEAN, WTO, EAS, AFTA, ADB, and others