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Philippines or officially the Republic of the Philippines lies in the southeastern part of Asia. The country consists of a group of islands. Luzon and Mindanao are the major islands of Philippines. Philippine Sea, the South China Sea and the Celebes Sea have surrounded the country. Agriculture, various small scale industries and services form the backbone of its economy.
Philippines is a co-founder of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It is also a major partner of various international bodies like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other organizations.
The President attains power for 6-years term via general suffrage. The Senate and the House of Representatives form the legislative wing of Philippines. The Supreme Court is the highest judicial bench of Philippines. Other special courts and regular courts also constitute the pillars of law. Philippines has 81 provinces. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is the current President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Top Cities of PhilippinesPhilippines hase several modern cities. Some top cities of Philippines include:
Quezon City : Quezon City served as the former capital of Philippines. This city is known for its vibrant life with shopping malls, vegetable markets, parks and nightlife as well as restaurants. Its Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines are two reputed educational institutes of Philippines. Quezon City is also home to several media channels.
Manila : Manila is the administrative and commercial capital of Philippines. It is one of the largest capital cities of the world. Its major industries and commerce include:chemicals, garments, and electronic tools, steel, leather items, and footwear. Food, drinks and tobacco are major consumable goods of Manila. Light industries include rope, plywood, sugar, copra, and coconut oil. Tourism is a booming sector of this city. Some other major cities of Philippines include: Caloocan, Davao City, Cebu City etc.