Philippines is made of 7,107 islands, making it at as one of the countries with most number of islands. Most of the islands have attracted foreign and local tourists which also makes the country as the best place to travel. The islands were divided into three main geological divisions namely Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The islands make the Philippines as one of the sought-after travel destinations, especially during summer. There are so many beaches and plenty of wonderful sights to see. You can just enjoy the sun and relax or may also go on an island hopping.
But in the latest discovery of National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), it turns that Philippines does not only have 7,107 islands. They discovered hundreds more of islands in the country which resulted to more than 7,500 islands.
The news was confirmed by Ramon Paje, the secretary of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) during a speech at the Philippine Environment Summit held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City last February 10.
Most of the islands were discovered in Mindanao. NAMRIA has already completed the ground validation for the newly-discovered islands in Luzon and they are currently working on Visayas. The validation is set to be completed by the end of the year
To be considered as an island, the landmass should be above the sea level and high tide anytime according to Jose Cabanayan Jr., deputy administrator of NAMRIA.
Despite having 7,107 islands, about 2,000 islands are inhabitable and have names. More than 5,000 islands still have no names until now . Philippines has too many islands, right? But then again, there are still islands that has yet to be discovered.
This discovery is a proof that the Philippines have so much places to offer. Also, the islands might lead to findings of natural oil or gas deposits that could help in boosting the country’s economy. This might not be true, but who knows?
If you are a Filipino, share this article with your fellow countrymen so they will be aware too. Hopefully, there are more islands to come.
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Sources: www.mb.com.ph, www.wheninmanila.com