The Philippines is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. Officially Republic of the Philippines (Filipino/Tagalog: Republika ng Pilipinas), it is the 12th populous country and the capital is Manila. Covering approximately 334.35 square kilometers.
The Republic of the Philippines is a unitary presidential constitutional republic, and is divided into three groups: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. These are divided into 17 regions, 81 provinces, 144 cities, 1491 municipalities and 42,028 barangays.