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The Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands covering a land area of 115,739 sq. m. (299,764 sq. km.). Main island groups are Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Capital is Manila. Time Zone is GMT + 8 hours.


March to May is hot and dry. June to October is rainy, November to February is cool. Average temperatures: 78°F / 25°C to 90°F / 32°C; humidity is 77%.


There are a total of 76.5 million Filipinos as of the latest national census in May, 2000. Population growth is estimated at 2.36 percent annually. Luzon, the largest island group, accounts for more than half of the entire population.


Two official languages --- Filipino and English. Filipino which is based on Tagalog, is the national language. English is also widely used and is the medium of instruction in higher education.

Eight (8) major dialects spoken by majority of the Filipinos: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinense.

Filipino is that native language which is used nationally as the language of communication among ethnic groups. Like any living language, Filipino is in a process of development through loans from Philippine languages and non-native languages for various situations, among speakers of different social backgrounds, and for topics for conversation and scholarly discourse. There are about 76 to 78 major language groups, with more than 500 dialects.


Some 80% of Filipinos are Catholic. About 15% are Moslem. The rest are made up of smaller Christian denominations and Buddhist.


The Metric System is used in most trade and legal transactions.


220 volts a/c is the common standard. 110 volts a/c is also used, especially in major hotels.


The Philippines monetary unit is the peso, divided into 100 centavos. Foreign currency may be exchanged at any hotels, most large department stores, banks, and authorized money changing shops accredited by the Central Bank of the Philippines. International credit cards such as Visa, Diners Club, Bank Americard, Master Card, and American Express are accepted in major establishments.


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    Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc., the country's largest homebuilder, has earmarked P50 billion to create the biggest masterplanned community in southern Metro Manila.

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    Militant groups here will mount simultaneous protest actions and a "SONA sa Katawhan" on Monday, hours before President Benigno Simeon Aquino III delivers his State of the Nation Address at the House of Representatives in Quezon City.

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  • Philippines welcomes its 100 millionth citizen
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  • Lagbas family still grieves, hopes justice to reign soon
    IT HAS been a year since her husband died from the blast that killed eight, scarred more than 40 and traumatized the Kagay-anons.

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  • Army denies 9 soldiers killed in clash with...
    THE military has denied the claim of the New People's Army that nine soldiers died and two were wounded in an armed clash at Sitio Trucat, Barangay Cawayan in Quezon town, Bukidnon Thursday afternoon, July 24. Captain Ernest Carolina, the army's 10th Infantry Division spokesperson, confirmed to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Friday afternoon that only ... (more)

  • Justice Delayed
    Religious leaders led by Archbishop Antonio Ledesma offer prayers to the eight persons who died in the July 26, 2013 bombing at Kyla's Bistro along the Ketkai Rosario Arcade in Cagayan de Oro City .

  • Amazon bestseller book by Fil-Canadian American to be launched in Vancouver
    The #1 book on Amazon's Parenting and Adult-Child Relationships category was written by a Filipina-Canadian-American who enjoys juggling her thriving career and growing family, fundraising for Filipino community events and promoting work-family balance for women.

  • How Pinay who didn't go to school became a millionaire
    MANILA, Philippines Life's hardships pushed a Filipina entrepreneur beyond her limits, and challenged her to pursue the dreams she had as a child.

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    The petition filed before the Supreme Court seeking to void the concession agreements of state-owned water regulator Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System with Manila Water Co.

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  • Enrile suspended for 90 days
    The Sandiganbayan on Friday suspended Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile for 90 days pending litigation of his P172-million plunder case in connection with the pork barrel scam.

  • The Best of the Philippines book launch
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  • SSS members urged to use mobile text service
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