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Table of Contents

Philippines - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



109 035 343 (2020) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Philippines - Number format


(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)

Philippines - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 31st May 2021

dd/mm/yyyy may still be found.


Philippines - Languages


168 languages are spoken in the Philippines, with a complex geographical distribution. The official languages are Tagalog External (Filipino, 14 850 000 speakers) and English External (15 371 speakers, with 52% of the population claiming it as a second language). The most widespread other languages are: Aklanon External (350 000 speakers); Albay Bicolano External (480 000 speakers); Central Bicolano External (2 500 000 speakers); Iriga Bicolano External (180 000 speakers); Binukid External (100 000 speakers); Koronadal Blaan External (100 000 speakers); Sarangani Blaan External (200 000 speakers); Capiznon External (445 716 speakers); Cebuano External (15 230 000 speakers); Chavacano External (280 000 speakers); Min Nan Chinese External (500 000 speakers); Davawenyo External (124 486 speakers); Hiligaynon External (6 000 000 speakers); Ibanag External (500 000 speakers); Ilocano External (8 000 000 speakers); Itawit External (105 556 speakers); Kankanaey External (150 000 speakers); Kinaray-A External (350 000 speakers); Magindanaon External (1 000 000 speakers); Maranao External (602 613 speakers); Masbatenyo External (332 828 speakers); Pampangan External (2 000 000 speakers); Pangasinan External (2 000 000 speakers); Romblomanon External (200 000 speakers); Central Sama External (100 000 speakers); Waray Sorsogon External (185 000 speakers); Tausug External (330 000 speakers) and Waray-Waray External (3 000 000 speakers).

Philippines - Personal names


Filipino names are usually written:

   Baptismal name[ ]Given name[ ]Mother’s family name[ ]Father’s family name

The baptismal name is often not used, and names are often abbreviated by dropping one or more of the components, or shortening them. Married women usually drop their maternatl family name and add their husband’s paternal family name after their own, so their name becomes:

   Baptismal name[ ]Given name[ ]Father’s family name[ ]Husband’s father’s family name

Widows usually add Vedova (Vda) before their husband’s family name:

   Baptismal name[ ]Given name[ ]Father’s family name[ Vda ]Husband’s father’s family name
   Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Philippines - Company legal forms


Philippine company types include:

   Co. (Company)
   Corporation (Corp.)
   Incorporated (Inc.)
   Limited (Ltd)
   Limited Company (Ltd Co.)
   Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Philippines - Address format


Addresses are written in different formats according to the destination within the Philippines. For mail destined for Manila, the format is:

Post office box address:

   Contact name
   [P.O. Box ]number[, ]Name of post office
   postal code[ ]{District name[, ]}[MANILA]

For example:


Street address:

   Contact name
   number[ ]Thoroughfare name[, ]District name
   postal code[ MANILA]

For example:


For mail destined to areas within Metropolitan Manila other than Manila itself:

Post office box address:

   Contact name
   [P.O. Box ]number[, ]Name of post office
   postal code[ ]{District name[, ]}[ METRO MANILA]

For example:


Street address:

   Contact name
   number[ ]Thoroughfare name{[, ]Subdivision and/or village}
   {Barangay Name, City/Municipality}
   postal code[ METRO MANILA]

For example:


For mail destined to other parts of the Philippines:

   number[ ]Thoroughfare name{[, ]District name and/or village}
   {Barangay Name, City/Municipality}
   postal code[ ]PROVINCE

For example:


or for post office box addresses:

   Contact name
   [P.O. Box ]number[, ]Name of post office
   postal code[ ]PROVINCE

Addresses are usually written in English, although there is some transliteration of street names into Tagalog. Officially English should be used.

The most common thoroughfare types found are Avenue, Street and Alley.

   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Philippines - Post office box


This is written P.O. Box.

Philippines - Postal codes


Postal codes (known locally as ZIP Codes consist of a block of 4 digits. The last two digits are ‘00’ for areas where central post offices are located. Codes beginning ‘0’ are large-user postal codes.

   Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Philippines - Postal code format graphic


Philippines - Postal code format

Philippines - Postal code specifics


Philippines - Postal code regular expression


Philippines - Postal code level of coverage


Philippines - Postal code map


Place names in The Philippines


   Note: This section last updated 3rd December 2015

Refer to Exonyms in Philippines for full lists of place names in The Philippines in other languages.

   Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External
   Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Philippines - Administrative districts


   Note: This section last updated 30th September 2022

Barangay External is the unit of administration in the Philippines. They may be as small as a village. A postal code may cover a single barangay, part of one or more than one. They may appear in addresses above the line containing the postal code. On a higher level, the Philippines has 82 provinces External and 136 chartered cities External.

The provinces correspond well with postal code areas. They are:

Province Postal code
Abra External 28
Agusan del Norte External 86
Agusan del Sur External 85
Aklan External 56
Albay External 45
Antique External 57
Apayao External 3807, 3809-14
Aurora External 32
Basilan External 73
Bataan External 21
Batanes External 39
Batangas External 42
Benguet External 2600-15
Biliran External 6543-50
Bohol External 63
Bukidnon External 87
Bulacan External 30
Cagayan External 35
Camarines Norte External 46
Camarines Sur External 44
Camiguin External 91
Capiz External 58
Catanduanes External 48
Cavite External 41
Cebu External 60
Compostela External 88
Davao del Norte External 81
Davao del Sur External 80 (shared with Davao Occidental)
Davao Occidental External 80 (shared with Davao del Sur)
Davao Oriental External 82
Dinagat Islands External 8411-8415, 8426-27
Eastern Samar External 68
Guimaras External 5044-6
Ifugao External 36
Ilocos Norte External 29
Ilocos Sur External 27
Iloilo External 5000-43
Isabela External 33
Kalinga External 3800-6, 3808
Laguna External 40
Lanao del Norte External 92
Lanao del Sur External 93, 97
La Union External 25
Leyte External 6500-42
Maguindanao del Norte External 96 (shared with Maguindanao del Sur)
Maguindanao del Sur External 96 (shared with Maguindanao del Norte)
Marinduque External 49
Masbate External 54
Mindoro Occidental External 51
Mindoro Oriental External 52
Misamis Occidental External 72
Misamis Oriental External 90
Mountain External 2616-25
Negros Occidental External 61
Negros Oriental External 6200-24
North Cotabato External 94
Northern Samar External 64
Nueva Ecija External 31
Nueva Vizcaya External 37
Palawan External 53
Pampanga External 20
Pangasinan External 24
Quezon External 43
Quirino External 34
Rizal External 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 19
Romblon External 55
Samar External 67
Sarangani External 9501-3, 9514-9517
Siquijor External 6225-30
Sorsogon External 47
South Cotabato External 9500, 9504-9513
Southern Leyte External 66
Sultan Kudarat External 98
Sulu External 74
Surigao del Norte External 84 (except 8411-8415, 8426-27)
Surigao del Sur External 83
Tarlac External 23
Tawi-Tawi External 75
Zambales External 22
Zamboanga del Norte External 71
Zamboanga del Sur External 7011, 7013-7017, 7020-7023, 7026-7028, 7030, 7032, 7035, 7037
Zamboanga Sibugay External 7001-10, 7012, 7018, 7039-7041

Postal codes 10-1820 are in Metro Manila External.

   This regions/postal code data can be acquired as a data file External

The chartered cities are: Alaminos, Angeles, Antipolo, Bacolod, Bago, Baguio, Bais, Balanga, Batac, Batangas, Bayawan, Baybay, Bayugan, Bislig, Bogo, Borongan, Butuan, Cabadbaran, Cabanatuan, Cadiz, Cagayan de Oro, Calamba, Calapan, Calbayog, Candon, Canlaon, Carcar, Catbalogan, Cauayan, Cavite, Cebu, Cotabato, Dagupan, Danao, Dapitan, Davao, Digos, Dipolog, Dumaguete, Escalante, El Salvador, Gapan, General Santos, Gingoog, Guihulngan, Himamayan, Iligan, Iloilo, Isabela, Iriga, Kabankalan, Kalookan, Kidapawan, Koronadal, La Carlota, Lamitan, Laoag, Lapu-Lapu, Las Pinas, Legazpi, Ligao, Lipa, Lucena, Maasin, Makati, Malabon, Malaybalay, Malolos, Mandaluyong, Mandaue, Manila, Marawi, Markina, Masbate, Mati, Meycauayan, Muntinlupa, Munoz, Naga (Camarines Sur), Naga (Cebu), Navotas, Olongapo, Ormoc, Oroquieta, Ozamis, Pagadian, Palayan, Panabo, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, Passi, Puerto Princesa, Quezon, Roxas, Sagay, Samal, San Carlos (in Negros Occidental), San Carlos (in Pangasinan), San Fernando (in La Union), San Fernando (in Pampanga), San Jose, San Jose del Monte, San Juan, San Pablo, Santa Rosa, Santiago, Silay, Sipalay, Sorsogon, Surigao, Tabaco, Tabuk, Tacloban, Tacurong, Tagaytay, Tagbilaran, Taguig, Tagum, Talisay (in Cebu), Talisay (in Negros Oriental), Tanauan, Tandag, Tangub, Tanjay, Tarlac, Tayabas, Toledo, Tuguegarao, Trece Martires, Urdaneta, Valencia, Valenzuela, Victorias, Vigan, Zamboanga.

Philippines - Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in The Philippines


Philippine area codes range in length between 1 and 5 digits when called from abroad. Mobile numbers have these area codes: 90, 912, 915, 917-918, 973.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 


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