Embassy of Philippines in New Delhi India

Embassy of Philippines in New Delhi India
Country Represented:Philippines
Type of Representation:: Embassy
Country Located in:  India
City:: New Delhi
Address: 50-N Nyaya Marg. Chanakyapuri
Post Code: 110021
Phone:9111) 2688-9091; 2410-1120
Fax::  (9111) 2687-6401
Office Hours: 09.00-12.00 and 13.30-17.00

 

Consular Services

  • Visa Services
  • Philippine Passport Services
  • Report of Birth
  • Report of Marriage
  • Report of Death
  • Authentication of Documents
  • Registration of Nationals

Country Profile

Philippines Offers A Strategic Location In Asia

History

Philippines has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. Prior to Spanish colonization in 1521, the Filipinos had a rich culture and were trading with the Chinese and the Japanese. Spain’s colonization brought about the construction of Intramuros in 1571, a “Walled City” comprised of European buildings and churches, replicated in different parts of the archipelago. In 1898, after 350 years and 300 rebellions, the Filipinos, with leaders like Jose Rizal and Emilio Aguinaldo, succeeded in winning their independence.

In 1898, the Philippines became the first and only colony of the United States. Following the Philippine-American War, the United States brought widespread education to the islands. Filipinos fought alongside Americans during World War II, particularly at the famous battle of Bataan and Corregidor, which delayed Japanese advance and saved Australia. They then waged a guerilla war against the Japanese from 1941 to 1945. The Philippines regained its independence in 1946.

Geography

A country steeped in history and confluent tradition, Philippines consists of a large number of islands. It lies off the southeast coast of the Asian mainland. It has approximately 7,100 islands and islets, floating on the southeastern rim of China with a land area of over 300,000 square kilometers. Bordering its coastline to the west and north is the China Sea; to the east is the Pacific Ocean; and to the south, the Celebes Sea and the coastal waters of Borneo. However of all the islands that form the Republic of Philippines only 2,000 are inhabited.

Philippines consist of three main island groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, which cover roughly 66% of the country’s total land area. From north to south, the nation’s archipelago stretches for 1,840 km while spanning 1,100 km from east to west. Manila, its capital, is only a short plane ride away from Asia’s other business centers. The country has a tropical climate with no extremes in temperature. Average annual rainfall in Philippines is about 305 centimeters. Temperature ranges from 24o C to 31o C and humidity from 70% to 85%. 

Philippines’ location in Asia is strategic. Situated on the crossroads of Asia’s commerce and transportation, it plays a significant role in international affairs.

People

Philippines is home to a population estimated at 87.85 million people. Filipinos are predominantly descendants of Malays, however, people of Chinese, Indian, Spanish, Arab and North American origin also stay in Philippines. There exist many native ethnic groups on the islands of Philippines. Despite the fact that there are many different races, ethnic groups and religions in the country, nevertheless, the Filipinos are a friendly and helpful people. The majority of the population is Christian with Roman Catholics making up 84.1% of the population. Followers of Philippine Independent Church account for 6.2% of the population and Protestants account for 3.9% of the population. There are also minority Islamic communities and some Buddhists. The two official languages spoken in Philippines are Filipino and English. In fact the English speaking population is a huge advantage for Philippines.

From a long history of Western colonial rule, interspersed with the visits of merchants and traders, evolved a people of a unique blend of east and west, both in appearance and culture. The Filipino character is actually a little bit of all the cultures put together. The "bayanihan" or spirit of kinship and camaraderie that Filipinos are famous for is said to be taken from Malay forefathers. The close family relations are said to have been inherited from the Chinese. The piousness comes from the Spaniards who introduced Christianity in the 16th century. Hospitality is a common denominator in the Filipino character and this is what distinguishes the Filipino.

The Filipinos are divided geographically and culturally into regions, and each regional group is recognizable by distinct traits and dialects - the sturdy and frugal llocanos of the north, the industrious Tagalogs of the central plains, the carefree Visayans from the central islands, and the colorful tribesmen and religious Moslems of Mindanao. Tribal communities can be found scattered across the archipelago. Philippines has more than 111 dialects spoken, owing to the subdivisions of these basic regional and cultural groups.

The majority of the population is Christian with Roman Catholics making up 84.1% of the population

Culture

Philippine culture is a product of diverse ethnic and historical influences. Chinese, Islamic, and Hindu cultures were introduced by merchants and traders from neighboring countries who had been visiting Philippines since the 3rd century A.D. Western culture was imported by the Spaniards when they colonized Philippines for almost 400 years (from 1521 to 1898) and later by the Americans who ruled the country for half a century. Western culture has exerted a powerful influence, which is reflected in many aspects of Philippine life and society.

Religious freedom is guaranteed by the constitution.

The national language is Filipino. English, the second language is the medium of communication in business, government, education, and in the news and broadcast media. Spanish was one of the official languages and is still spoken by a small minority of Filipinos of Spanish ancestry.

Government

The Philippines is a democratic and republican state. Its government consists of three independent coequal branches - executive, legislative, and judicial. Executive power is vested in the President; legislative power in the bicameral Congress; and judicial power in the Supreme Court and in other courts established by law.

The President is elected by direct vote of the people for a single term of six years. The members of Congress are also elected by direct vote of the people – the senators for a term of six years and the representatives for three years. The President without congressional confirmation appoints the members of the Supreme Court and of the lower courts.

Population: 87,857,473 (July 2005 est.)
Area: 300,000 sq km (115,831 sq miles)
Government Type: Republic<
Capital: Manila
Ethnic Groups: Christian Malay 91.5%, Muslim Malay 4%,Chinese 1.5%, Others 3%
Major Language: Filipino and English
Literacy: 94 %
GDP : Purchasing power parity: $430.6 billion (2004 est.)
GDP : Real Growth Rate: 5.9% (2004 est.)
GDP : Per Capita: Purchasing power parity - $5,000 (2004 est.)
Currency: Philippine peso (PHP)

 

TRADE WITH THE PHILIPPINES

Firms looking for raw materials for production, products to sell or business partners in the Philippines can search the Department of Trade and Industry's online databases. For the source of Philippine export products and services, visit the Catalog Online at www.citem.com.ph Products and services are grouped into:

  • Electronics and Information Technology
  • Gifts, Houseware and Holiday Decor
  • Fashion Accessories
  • Fresh and Processed Food
  • Furniture
  • Industrial goods and services
  • Natural, herbal, and organic products

For information of Trade Fairs and Expositions to be held in the Philippines, visit the website of the Center for International Trade and Missions (CITEM) at www.citem.com.ph .

For the Directory of Trade Association in the Philippines, please visit the Resources page (Directories) of the website of the Department of Trade and Industry www.dti.gov.ph

For information on tariffs, please visit the Tariff Commission website at www.tariffcommission.gov.ph

 

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