Republika ng Pilipinas
In southeastern Asia, mostly mountains with narrow extensive coastlands. 300,000 km2 (slightly > AZ), 19% arable.
Capital Manila (pop est. 11.2M)
Population 98M (326.7/km2)
Life expectancy 71 years
Lang(s) Filipino (official), English (official), eight major dialects: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, Pangasinan
Religions Roman Catholic 81%, Muslim 5%, other Christian 5%, Evangelical 3%, Iglesia mi Kristo 2%, Aglipayan 2%, other 2%
Ethnic Groups Tagalog 28%, Cebuano 13%, Ilocano 9%, Bisaya/Binisaya 8%, Hiligaynon Ilanggo 8%, Bikol 6%, Waray 3%, other 25%
PCVs 1961-1990; 1992 – present; education, environment, youth & business development (Volunteers in country: 148; total to date: 8,369)
Nat’l holiday Independence Day, 12 June (1898)
Filipino: Pagdiriwang (pag-deary-wang)
Burning Heart: A Portrait of the Philippines
by Jessica Hagedorn
These unflinching photographs uncover the importance of religion in the Philippines, as well as the social inequality, dire poverty, overpopulation, and ingrained class system that are all part of daily life.
Tuko and the birds: a tale from the Philippines
by Shirley Climo; illustrated by Francisco X. Mora.
New York: Henry Holt, 2008.
Ages 5 to 10.
Music from Philippines
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