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.
RELIGIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES
Some 80% of Filipinos are Catholic. About 15% are Moslem. The rest are made up of smaller Christian denominations and Buddhist.
UNIT OF MEASURE USED IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
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.
TODAY IN THE PHILIPPINES -- News
- Prices of imported frozen goods rise
MANILA, Philippines Prices of non-essential, imported frozen goods have gone up by an average of P2 to P10 per pack as observed by supermarket owners.
- DOH predicts Filipinos with HIV/AIDS to hit 32,000 by end of 2014
HIV cases up 500% in PHL: The new HIV cases has increased by 532 percent from 2008 to 2013 and for January to June this year alone, recent reports from Manila said.
- It's more fun in the Philippines for startups'
STARTUP TALK. TechTalks.ph founder Tina Amper, prominent tech investor Dave McClure of 500 Startups and IdeaSpace founder Earl Valencia discuss issues startups in a press conference held during the Geeks On A Beach tech event.
- 'Mini station' at SM North EDSA eyed to appease SM
MANILA The Department of Transportation and Communications is standing firm on constructing a "common station" for the Light Rail Transit and Metro Rail Transit near Ayala's Trinoma mall instead of SM North EDSA.
- New tarsier species found in Dinagat Island
It's bigger in size, has darker hair and has stubbier fingers and toes. Genetic tests have also proven the Dinagat tarsier is a new Philippine tarsier species.
- Why Philippines should gear up for ASEAN integration
MANILA, Philippines The country's economic goals will be easier to attain if it takes advantage of the incentives and benefits of the ASEAN integration by 2016, president of the Management Association of the Philippines Greg Navarro said.
- Muhyiddin Attends Rehearsal Of Ceremony Honouring Malaysian Victims Of MH17 Tragedy
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin Thursday watched a full dress rehearsal of the ceremony honouring the Malaysian victims of the MH17 tragedy, at the Bunga Raya Complex at the KL International Airport here.
- NPA rebels sued for arson in Koronadal City
Police have filed arson charges against an alleged leader and several members of a New People's Army unit operating in the hinterlands of South Cotabato province over the burning of three heavy equipment in an attack at a quarry site in Koronadal City last week.
- Capitol heightens watch vs robbery
THE Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City is observing heightened security alert to deter robbery incidents after the city halls of Escalante and Bago lost cash and equipment recently.
- INS Sahyadri reaches Philippines to enhance naval ties
The Indian Navy's INS Sahyadri arrived in Manila, Philippines Wednesday and made a courtesy port call to reinforce naval ties, a defence ministry statement said.
- Selling buko juice
CAGAYAN DE ORO. Aside from water, the 'buko' juice has remained a preference among those who want to quench their thirst, especially on hot days.
- Reggie Watts And Greenpeace Want You To #ClickClean
A new series of Greenpeace videos featuring comedian Reggie Watts wants you to help encourage Internet companies to switch to renewable energy.
- Quiapo is new military intel chief
Brig. Gen. Arnold Quiapo is the new chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines .
- Magsaysay awardee is more than a teacher
Randy Halasan spends close to seven hours to reach the school in the remote village of Malamba in the southern Philippine city of Davao where he is assigned to teach.
- DAP backers buck calls for PNoy's second term
LOCAL GOVERNMENT officials in Negros Occidental who were the first to issue a statement of support for President Benigno S. Aquino III over the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program are now bucking calls for a second term for the Chief Executive.
- DOF: Lower inflation unlikely to affect PH growth
MANILA, Philippines The expected slower consumer price increases in 2015 will unlikely dampen the country's economic growth, Finance Undersecretary and chief economist Gil Beltran said.
- DOTC hit for hiring contractual MRT crew
MANILA, Philippines The National Youth Commission has criticized the Department of Transportation and Communications for not employing regular workers for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 .
- SkyJet Airlines starts new domestic route in the Philippines
- Philippines businesses seek clear policies ahead of ASEAN economic integration
Businessmen from all over Mindanao are seeking clear cut government policies on five major agenda as the country prepares for economic integration under the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.
- Petilla insists on emergency powers to avert crisis
MANILA, Philippines President Aquino has not yet closed the door on the possibility of seeking emergency powers to solve the expected crisis or deficiency in power supply.
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