The Philippines, situated just above the equator in insular Southeast Asia, is an archipelago of 7,107 islands. However, not all islands are populated.
The country is one of the top regions in the world that are characterized by high biodiversity. It is diverse in terms of ecosystems, genetic resources, species of flora and fauna, and culture. Because communities have been separated from one another by sea and mountain, various ethnicity, languages, and dialects have emerged in different parts of the country.
Majority of Filipinos(approximately 83 %) consider themselves as Roman Catholics while the rest are Protestants (9 %), Muslims (5 %), and others, including animists (3 %).The dominance of Roman Catholicism is attributed to the three centuries of Spanish colonial rule in the archipelago.
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