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CHAPTER 1: The Philippines at a GlanceTesting

The Philippines at a Glance

The Philippines, home to over 109 million Filipinos, is an archipelagic country sandwiched by the Pacific Ocean to the east and the South China Sea to the west. It is a developing country with a booming economy that has always been friendly to foreign visitors and even foreign investors.

While the city of Manila remains the capital by book, it is only part of the larger Metro Manila region, a major economic center that includes its surrounding cities and municipalities. Some of the major economic hub spots outside the capital include Baguio City in Northern Luzon, Cebu City in Visayas, and Davao City in Mindanao.