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The Republic of the Philippines, the capital city of which is Manila, is a Southeast Asian country. Its name comes from the king Philip II of Spain, and it is a constitutional republic.The three stars on its flag symbolize the three largest islands of the country; Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The Philippines is the first Southeast Asian country to gain independence after World War II. This country comprising thousands of islands is located in the Pacific Earthquake Zone, where earthquakes occur almost every day. A shoe with a length of 5.3 meters, which broke the worls’s record in 2002, was produced in Marikina, Philippines. Kare-kare and adobo are recognized by Filipinos as the country’s national dishes.