Philippines is an archipelago in South-East Asia of more than seven thousand islands located between
the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea at the southeastern edge of Asia. Many wonderful beaches are just part of one
the world's longest coastlines and it would take about 20 years to spend a day on every island. Since Spanish colonial
times, the country has been Asia's largest Catholic country. Over a hundred ethnic groups, a mixture of foreign influences
and a fusion of culture and arts have enhanced the uniqueness of the Filipino identity and the wonder that is the Philippines.
The Philippines is an archipelago that consists of 7,641 islands (by some counts 7,107)
with a total land area of 301,780 square kilometers (116,518 sq mi), an extent comparable to Vietnam or California.
The archipelago lies at roughly the same latitude as Thailand or Vietnam and same longitude as Taiwan or Korea.