An archipelago of 7000 islands, the Philippines lies in the Western Pacific of Southeast Asia. The location of this country is such that it sits on the ‘Ring of Fire’ which comprises around half the world’s 550 active volcanoes. Philippines itself is home to 20 active volcanoes. Being a nest of active volcanoes makes it a country with rich reservoirs of minerals and the second largest gold deposit in the world. Philippines comprises a coastline of about 36,289 kilometers, which makes it the 5th longest coastline in the world.