During the past years, protectionism and state intervention have
been replaced by economic liberalization and industry deregulation.
The official count of islands that form the Republic of the Philippines
is 7,107 islands. However, of these islands, only 2,000 are inhabited.
The administration of the Philippines is divided into 16 regions,
77 provinces, 67 officially chartered cities, 1,540 municipalities,
and 41,935 barangays.
It is believed that the history of Philippines began somewhere between
150,000 and 30,000 years ago.
In this island republic, the national languages or the two most
common and widely spoken languages are Pilipino and English.
The Philippines is home to a population estimated at 68 million
people (growth rate of 2.5% annually), of whom 11 million people
live in Metro Manila area.
The Philippines can claim its uniqueness as the only Christian country
in Asia because over 90% of the population are Christians.