About the Host Country

The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country in the Western Pacific, comprising more than 7,000 islands. Its capital, Manila, is famous for its waterfront promenade and centuries-old Chinatown, Binondo. Intramuros, a walled city in colonial times, is the heart of Old Manila. It’s home to the baroque 17th-century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a storied citadel and military prison.

    Capital: Manila
    President: Rodrigo Duterte
    Population: 98.39 million (2013) World Bank
    Currency: Philippine peso
    Official languages: English, Filipino