Pia Wurtzbach? Puerto Princesa Underground River? Street Foods? People Power Revolution? Are you familiar of any of those things that are mentioned? If yes, then you may be familiar about the little archipelagic country in the South East Asian Region. If not, let me welcome you to the fascinating Pearl of the Orient Seas, PHILIPPINES.
First of all, let us take some glances at the facts about the Philippines based on the statistical facts provided by the Philippine Government.
It is located in Southeast Asia in west Pacific Ocean. The country has three major islands; Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. In the north across Luzon straight is Taiwan; in its West across the Celebes Sea lies Vietnam. The Sulu Sea, which is located in the Southwest, sits across Borneo. Its capital and the main port is Metro Manila.
The Philippines is an archipelago consisting of 7, 500 islands with a total land area of approximately 300, 000 square kilometers.
The current population of the Philippines is about 100 million people. Filipinos are basically of Indo- Malay racial stock, mixed with some Chinese and Spanish ancestry.
The country has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons which are wet and dry. This allows the Philippines to have a rich variety of crops and plants that happens to be an asset of the country.
The national language is Filipino, which is based on the language of Tagalog, although there are at least one or two dialects spoken in every region. There are about 120-170 languages and dialects in the country. English is also considered an official language as it is both spoken and understood throughout the Philippines and used in business, government and schools.
More than 82.9% of the population is Roman Catholic. Other major religions include Muslim and Protestant.
The Literacy Rate of the Philippines is 92. 6%.
The unit of currency is the Philippine Peso. The rate of the peso to the US dollar has been fluctuating between P 50.00- P 54.00 to the US dollar.
Here is a video from the Department of Tourism of the Philippines to let you have a peep on what you can see in the country.
As what Choi Tong say, “Philippines is a country that you can find the real meaning of life with the most brilliant sunshine that lights up its own nature and a grateful and pleasant people wearing their brightest smiles that build up their unique culture.”
Does the facts above made you crave for more information about this wonderful country?
From here starts our journey to this country. Our group has researched for the most interesting and sufficient The Rising Tiger of the Orient, Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!