A well-funded Philippine team is sending a large contingent to Turin. There will be 24 persons in all. For the first time, apparently, the country is sending in alternate players - NM Rolando Nolte, NM Roderick Nava, WNM Shercila Cua and 14-year-old WNM Kimberly Jane Cunanan.
The complete team list is available here from Sun Star.
You know, I nearly forgot about the connection between Vishy Anand and the Philippines (which is mentioned in passing in that report above). Back in 1978, Anand's father was sent to RP to work on some assignment for the railways. It also happened to be a time in RP history when a terrible sickness befell the entire archipelago - chess fever! The kid Anand was stricken by this sickness. There is a story about him solving the chess puzzles aired by a local TV chess show ("Chess Today"). It got to a point where the producers would call up and asked him not to participate in the solving contests in order to give the other kids a chance!
Vishy also won a gold medal in an inter-schools comp playing for one of the country's most prestigious institutions - De la Salle University.