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April 14, 2015

Even for me,  this is kind of a pleasant surprise and I suppose, so with most other Filipinos: the Philippines is actually a big country!  No kidding.

Is the Philippines, in fact, geographically small? With a land area of 343,448 square kilometers (higher than the common estimate of 300,000), our country is bigger than Italy (294,140 sq km), and is significantly larger than Britain (229,848 sq km). Mindanao alone, at 97,530 sq km, is by itself bigger than Ireland, which measures 84,421 sq km. The Philippines, moreover, is bigger than North and South Korea combined. Indeed, ranked among all the nations of the world, the Philippines belongs to the upper one-third in terms of land area.


Our perception of our country being small probably has much to do with our smallmindedness, our timidity and non-assertiveness as a people.


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