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
- P500-M worth of shabu seized from 2 suspects in Cavite
THE anti-narcotics agents have confiscated half a million pesos worth of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu during a buy-bust operation at a gasoline station in Bacoor City, Cavite, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said Friday. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr. said that the illegal drug was seized from suspects identified as Mangigen Salem, alias Jake, 47, of Barira, Maguindanao; and Judy Nasa, 39, a taxi driver of Malanday, Marikina City on Thursday.
- AXA opens 2 more branches in Cebu, says calamities - served as eye-openers'
The firm unveiled yesterday its two additional branches located in the Cebu Business Park and Crown Regency Tower 3. With this addition, the firm now has three offices, including its regional office along Escario St. in Cebu City. "Cebu has always been an important base of AXA Philippines," said Rein Hermans, president and chief executive officer of AXA Philippines, citing Cebu's robust business developments and growing population.
- Bloggers unite to promote Davao
SEVERAL bloggers based in Davao met Friday afternoon in a "Twitter party" that aims to promote Davao City through social media, touted as one of the most influential media platform today. In collaboration with Rappler.com, the event #ShareDavao was held at The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge.
- Senate panel raises tax exemptions on 13th month pay
THE Senate committee on ways and means, chaired by Senator Sonny Angara, has reported out for floor debates the bill that seeks to raise the tax exemption cap for 13th month pay and other benefits thereby increasing the take-home pay of millions of Filipino workers. Senate Bill 2437, which is a consolidation of five Senate bills authored by Senators Angara, Ralph Recto and Lito Lapid, intends to raise the ceiling of the tax exemption to P75,000.
- Marine murder case reveals US-Philippine sore spot
In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 file photo, U.S. Marine Pfc Joseph Scott Pemberton, a suspect in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino woman, is escorted to his detention as he arrives inside the compound of the Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines. American forces are guarding Marine Pfc.
- AirAsia to make Cebu major hub
NEW ROUTES. Leading the announcement of new routes of AirAsia Zest are Capt. Gisela Bendong Boniel , chief executive officer Joy Caneba and director for flight operations Dex Commendador.
- Aussies cop fine over Indonesia air drama
Two Australians have agreed to pay a fine for flying in Indonesian airspace without permits, but will not be free to leave the country immediately. Indonesian air force jets had their weapons locked on the small plane piloted by Graeme Jackline and Richard MacLean when they forced it to land in Manado, Sulawesi, on Wednesday morning.
- AboitizLand unveils new phase of residential project
EVEN of AboitizLand is expanding in Mega Manila, the homegrown developer assured Cebuanos it will continue to pour in projects for Cebu in the coming years. An official said a residential project, one of the developer's biggest, will be launched in Cebu next year.
- Prostitution, drug trade still active in Bilibid
The country's biggest penitentiary - the National Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa - continues to suffer from congestion, illegal drugs, prostitution among other problems due to the failure of government to implement the Bureau of Corrections Act of 2013. Justice Committee Chairman Niel Tupas Jr. led members of the committee, which exercises oversight functions over the implementation of the law, in an ocular inspection of the prison facility.
- Stroud businesswoman Berith assembles hygiene boxes for women in the Philippines
Berith Sandgren-Clark is going to Manila in the Philippines on Valentine's Day next year to take supplies to women and their families who live and work on rubbish dumps in the country. She is appealing for donations of hygiene products STROUD businesswoman Berith Sandgren-Clarke is putting her pampering skills to good use next year when she visits a village in the Philippines where people live in severe poverty.
- Truck driver dies in Brgy. Bata road accident
A TRUCK driver died after he was sideswiped by a Canter Truck at Circumferential Road, Barangay Bata, Bacolod City Tuesday afternoon. The victim, Esteban Gereza, 34, of Purok Riverside, Barangay Bata, died while being treated at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital .
- SlideshowBattle of Leyte Gulf
This month marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines, a massive air and sea engagement during America's Pacific campaign that dealt a crippling blow to the Japanese navy. Here's a look back at images from the campaign.
- 5 reasons why you should check out the Mini Maker's Market this weekend
THE global handmade revolution took place more than half a decade ago. Sadly, its ripples were hardly felt here in our fair city.
- Palawan Philippines named best island in the world by Conde Nast Traveler readers
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- Indonesian jets force down Australian plane
An Australian light aircraft flying from Darwin has been forced to land by two Indonesian fighter jets because it was in Indonesian airspace without permission. The twin propellor plane was pictured on the tarmac at Manado's Sam Ratulangi airport as two Australian men were taken into custody for questioning.
- Marine suspect transferred to Philippine detention
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- Marine suspect guarded by US in Philippine camp
U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, a suspect in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino woman, arrives inside the compound of the Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.
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