Have you ever wondered how many islands there are in the Philippine archipelago? If you’re Filipino, of course you know the answer to this.
7107, according to Wikipedia.
There’s a standing joke that there are 7100 islands only during low tide; some islands disappear during high tide. Only 700 or so are inhabited. The rest are most probably just chunks of rock and coral. There may be some that are no bigger than a house, hence the low-tide/high-tide joke. Unlucky you if you live in one of them… oops, high tide, where’s the house?
The biggest island is Luzon, where the capital city of Manila is located. It is the most populated and the busiest. Most of the financial, commercial, educational and entertainment institutions of the country are found there.
The land area of the Philipines is 115,124 sq mi, about the size of the state of Arizona. However, its shoreline is pretty extensive at 21,000 miles.
Ah, the islands, the beautiful, green and breezy islands of the Philippines. God has blessed this country with so many natural riches. Take a good look at the map above. I’d always fancied that the archipelago is shaped like a dinosaur. How special can that be?