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LOCATION OF THE PHILIPPINES and ITS SIGNIFICANCE
Transcript of LOCATION OF THE PHILIPPINES and ITS SIGNIFICANCE
To the north of Philippines are located the islands of Batian, Babuyan and the Luzon Strait. Moro Gulf and Celebes Sea lie to the south of the country. Sulu Sea is located in the south-western side.
The strategic location of the Philippines has affected its history. First, its nearness to mainland Asia has led to the migration of Negritos, Indonesians and Malays. The Negritos traveled to the Philippines by means of land bridges that connected the country to Asia while the Indonesians and Malays crossed the seas to get to our shores.
The geographical setting of any region is of great importance in evaluating its resource endowment. The nature of the resources, the character of the people, the socio-economic activities, and the national security of the state are influenced by its location, size and shape. These three elements must first be analysed as distinctive features of any region, before the physical and socio-economic aspects are considered.
The Philippines has a maritime or insular location. It is similar to that of Japan or Great Britain. Insular location has an advantage over continental location in the sense that the insular state does not have a common land boundary with its neighbour. The common land boundary is a sensitive spot where conflict of interest usually originates. Because of its insular location, the Philippines is enjoying a peaceful relation with its neighboring countries. The physical location of the country from the Asian mainland gives us a distinct security advantage.
The Philippine is located in the Western Pacific Ocean which is part of south-east of Asia continent. Philippines map also shows that it is a group of islands surrounded by the Philippine Sea in the east, Selebes Sea in the south, Sulu Sea in the south-west, South China Sea in the west, and in the north, it is separated by Luzon Strait from Taiwan.
The neighboring countries of Philippines are:
- Likewise, archipelago of Philippines consists of more than 7,107 islands, which are broadly categorized into three main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Geographically, the group of islands fall under the premices of Ring of Fires and hence more prone to volcanic activity and earthquakes. However, tropical climate facilita
with one of the richest biodiversities of the world.
Most of the mountaneous island are covered in tropical rainforest and volcanic in origin. The highest mountain is Mount Apo. It measures up to 2,954 meters (9,692 ft) above sea level and is located on the island of Mindanao.
The Galathea Depth in the Philippine Trench is the deepest point in the country and the third deepest in the world.
The Trench is located in the Philippine Sea. Situated on the western fringes of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity.
The Benham Plateau to the east in the Philippine Sea is an undersea region active in tectonic subduction. Around 20 earthquakes are registered daily, though most are too weak to be felt. The last major earthquake was the1990 Luzon earthquake
Size of the Philippines: The total area is about 300,000 square kilometers, including about 298,000 square kilometers of land and about 2,000 square kilometers of water. The Philippines stretches about 1,850 kilometers from Y’Ami Island in the north to Sibutu Island in the south and is about 1,000 kilometers at its widest point east to west. The bulk of the population lives on 11 of the 7,107 islands.
Land Boundaries: The Philippines has no land boundaries. Nearby neighbors are Taiwan to the north, Malaysia and Indonesia to the south, Vietnam to the west, and China to the northwest.
Second, because of he proximity of the Philippines to other Asian countries, the ancient Filipinos were able to establish trade contacts with the Chinese, Indians, Japanese and Arabs. These trade contacts were economically as well as culturally beneficial to Filipinos.
Third, the proximity of the country to the Spice Islands or Moluccas resulted in the coming of the Spaniards to the Philippines. This event led to the Hispanization and Christianization of the country.
Fourth, the strategic location of the country in Southeast Asia led the United States to acquire the Philippines from Spain and colonize it. This enabled the United States to exert a powerful influence in the region with the installation of military bases in our country. Besides, the Philippines became a supplier of raw materials to the United States and a market for its manufactured products.
Fifth, because of its strategic position in the region, it has become an important part of trade and travel in Asia. International airlines and ships stop over in the Philippines on their way to Australia and other Asian countries.
Location of the Philippines and its Significance
Culturally, the Philippines is the center of the blending of east and west. By virtue of our location, we have contacts with the countries of Asia from which many of our customs, industries, writings, and words in the Philippine languages were derived. Our location has placed us on the routes of the European colonizers. The geographical location of the Philippines in the tropics is greatly responsible fro the climatic conditions prevailing in the country. The uniformly high temperature and abundant amount of rainfall that prevails in the archipelago have a direct bearing on our soil, agricultural, forest and water resources.
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