The Philippines is a Southeast Asian island country in the western Pacific Ocean. It is an archipelago of over 7,000 islands and islets located about 800 kilometres off the coast of Vietnam. The capital is Manila, but the country's most populous city is Quezon City.
The Philippines has one of the most dynamic economies in the East Asia Pacific region, thanks to strong consumer demand, a thriving labour market, and strong remittances. In 2019, the Philippines hosted a record high of 8.2 million tourists. Among its top tourist destinations are Boracay Island in Aklan, Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan, Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Mayon Volcano in Albay, Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte, and the Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao, as well as the cities of Manila, Baguio, Vigan, Cebu and Davao.