The Philippines is located in Southeastern Asia and in an archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam. 

Climate: Tropical marine; northeast monsoon (November to April); southwest monsoon (May to October). 

Population: 99,900,177 (July 2010 est.)  

Currency: Philippines pesos (PHP) 

Exchange Rates: Philippine pesos (PHP) per US dollar - 45.459 (2010), 47.68 (2009), 44.439 (2008) 

Time Zone: PST (UTC+8) 

Languages: Filipino (official; based on Tagalog) and English (official); eight major dialects - Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinan. 

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  • High per capita rate of certified doctors and nurses
  • More than 100 languages are spoken; English is a second language
  • World-famous destinations: white sand beaches, diving spots, natural wonders and UNESCO World Heritage sites