Its University of Santo Tomas served as the site for the world’s record human cross comprised of 13,266 participants in March 2011, Manila is the Republic of the Philippines’ capital city.
The Philippines is a sovereign Southeast Asian nation located in the western Pacific Ocean made up of 7,641 islands and islets. Its country’s largest seaport, the Port of Manila was ranked the world’s 39th busiest port in terms of container shipments according to the American Association of Port Authorities.
Exports from the Philippines totaled US$62.2 billion in 2017. Highest-value Filipino exports are digital integrated circuits, computer storage units, builders’ wood carpentry, cruise ships and insulated wire according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Manila, Philippines: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Manila Cathedral, Fort Santiago and Malacanang Palace
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Manila, Philippines
- Joseph Estrada, actor & former president (born Apr. 19, 1937)
- Imelda Marcos, former first lady (born Jul. 2, 1929)
- Dale Baldillo, child actor & model (born Oct. 6, 2000)
- Dong Abay, Pinoy rock musician (born Sep. 21, 1954)
- Arnel Pineda, singer-songwriter (born Sep. 5, 1967)
- Sitti, singer-songwriter (born Nov. 29, 1984)
- Marlon Stöckinger, race driver (born Apr. 4, 1991)
- Rachel Alejandro, singer & actress (born Feb. 18, 1974)
- Martin Nievera, singer-songwriter & actor (born Feb. 5, 1962)
- Julia Montes, actress & model (born Mar. 19, 1995)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Manila resident: Manileño
Population: 1,780,148 (City of Manila)
Density: 107,497 people per square mile (41,505 per square kilometer)
Population: 12,877,253 (Metropolitan Manila)
Density: 54,325 people per square mile (20,975 per square kilometer)
Population: 102,624,209 (Philippines)
Density: 891 people per square mile (344 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$182.8 billion in 2014 (Metro Manila)
GDP per person: $14,200
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Manila: Philippine peso
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Wikipedia, Capital Districts and Territories. Accessed on November 16, 2016
The City of Manila has a land area of 16.6 square miles (42.9 square kilometers). The capital’s estimated population was 1.8 million residents in 2015.
Metropolitan Manila’s population is 12.9 million people living over a more extensive land area measuring 237 square miles (613.9 square kilometers).
At the country level, Philippine land territory covers 115,124 square miles (298,170 square kilometers). The national population was 102.6 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
The Philippines declared its independence from Spain on June 12, 1898. Filipinos celebrate Independence Day each June 12 as a national public holiday.
The City of Manila is the world’s most densely populated city proper at 107,500 residents per square mile (41,500 per square kilometer).
Density within the larger Metropolitan Manila area averages 54,300 residents per square mile (21,000 per square kilometer).
For the Philippines overall, population density drops significantly to an average 900 Filipinos per square mile (350 per square kilometer).