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      The Philippines is located off the southeast coast of Asia. It lies between Taiwan on the north and Borneo on the south. The western Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea border its eastern and western limits.
     The archipelago is composed of some 7,107 islands and covers a total land area of 116,220 square miles. The islands are divided into Luzon in the north, Visayas in a central cluster and Mindanao in the south. Quezon City, a suburb of Manila, the premier city, is the country's capital.          
     The Philippines coastline stretches to 10,850 statute miles. It has many fine natural harbors and landlocked straits. The land consists of coastal plains with many central peaks and mountain ranges. Hong Kong is 1 hr. & 40 minutes from Manila by jet; Singapore is three hours away; Sydney, 7-1/2 hours. It takes 17 hours to fly to Europe and 15 hours to get to the US West Coast.
       The Philippines is generally mountainous, with many single peaks and ranges. The highest mountain is in Mindanao, Mt. Apo, about 9,600 feet high. The second highest peak is Mt. Pulog in Luzon, which is about 8,481 feet high. The country has a number of volcanoes, the most famous Mt. Mayon in Luzon, reputed to be the world's most perfect cone. Taal Volcano, also in Luzon, is unique because of its volcano-within-a volcano structure. Taal is considered the lowest volcano in the world, its top reaching almost the waterline of Taal Lake.
     One of the architectural wonders of the world, the Banaue rice terraces, found 250 miles north of Manila, in Banaue in the mountain provinces, was hewed out of mountainsides by loving hands centuries ago. Time and patient hewing at the mountains produced some 14,000 miles of terraces, or roughly more than halfway around the world, if laid end to end. The terraces rise about 5,000 feet above sea
level, a product of human ingenuity, for here man has pitted his wits against nature and succeeded in turning otherwise unproductive stone mountains into arable ledges where rice can grow.

Philippine coastal area

     The Philippines has fertile coastal plains, rolling uplands and extensive valleys traversed by rivers. The principal rivers are Cagayan river in northern Luzon, which is 354 kilometers long; the Agusan and Rio Grande rivers in Mindanao; and the Agno and Pampanga rivers in central Luzon.
     The Philippine Deep is located 72 kilometers (45 miles) off the coast of northern Mindanao and is recognized as the world's second greatest ocean deep, with a depth of 10,802 meters (35,400 ft).

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