The Republic of the Philippines in Southeast Asia is an island country made up of more than 7,000 islands and islets. With a population of roughly 100 million, the ethnically diverse country has 19 recognized languages.
The name Philippines hails from colonial power Spain, which named the territory after King Philip II of Spain. Manila is the capital city, Quezon City is the most populous. This page contains DW's most recent content on the Philippines.
At least five soldiers and three Abu Sayyaf militants were killed in the fighting as the military presses forward with a new offensive in the country's south. The clashes come after 22 people died in a cathedral bombing.
Ollie Cantos was left blind by medical complications at birth. Bullied as a child, he was determined to make something of himself, went into law, and mentored blind triplets. Colm Flynn reports on how the relationship developed — and ended up as family.