The Philippines, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country located in Asia . It is situated in Southeast Asia with Manila as its capital . The Philippines was founded on July 4, 1946 and is a founding member of both the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations (UN) . The country's official currency is the Philippine peso .
Additionally, the Philippines is sometimes referred to as 'Pilipinas' and has been assigned the geoname_id: 1694008 .