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
- Don't include those who posted bonds
REGIONAL Trial Court Branch 9 Judge Alexander Acosta has yet to decide on the motion filed by the families who are facing demolition in Sitio San Miguel, Barangay Apas, Cebu City.
- Malaysian Airlines Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing Missing
A relative of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cries, surrounded by journalists, at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China.
- Hataw Na
Women from different barangays and organizations dance simultaneously as part of the International Women's Day Celebration at the Cagayan De Oro City hall grounds on Saturday morning, 8 March 2014.
- Pimentel wants PNR to manage Mindanao Railway Project
SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III on Friday asked President Benigno Aquino III to transfer supervision of the Mindanao Railway Project Office from the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board to the Philippine National Railways .
- Miss Universe 2015 in Manila, Philippines??
With three weeks to go before the holding of the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Grand Coronation night, reports are rife there's a high chance that Miss Universe 2015 will be held in the Philippines.
- Fourth Philippines-United States Bilateral Strategic Dialogue
The following is the text of a joint statement issued by the United States and the Philippines at the conclusion of the Fourth Philippines-United States Bilateral Strategic Dialogue held on March 6-7, 2014.
- Sustained global support vital as Philippines recovers from Typhoon Haiyan a " UN
Behind the signs of early recovery in typhoon-hit regions of the Philippines there are still millions of people who are extremely vulnerable.
- Kim: Rody can make a difference as president
BUREAU of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares said Mayor Rodrigo Duterte can make a difference should he get elected as the president of the Philippines.
- Maglana: G2B
THIS week, many Filipino households stayed glued in front of their television sets watching the last episodes of the ABS-CBN show Got to Believe or G2B.
- Nissan Philippines unveils two new sedans
MANILA, Philippines Nissan Philippines Inc. unveiled two new sedans, the Altima and the Sylphy, to the Philippine market on Friday under its tagline "Innovation that excites."
- P5M worth of shabu seized at Zambo airport
Authorities intercepted Thursday a shipment of shabu or metamphetamine hydrochloride with an estimated market value of P5 million at the Zamboanga International Airport.
- Leapfrog Project: Living Tents Could Bring Light and Hope to Typhoon-Ravaged Philipines Town
The Leapfrog Project is an initiative to rebuild the city of Tacloban, Philipines, which was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
- Southern Philippine town vice mayor freed by kidnappers, flies to Manila
Said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event in England features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part.
- Palace: Proposed abolition of 19 GOCCs needs to be studied first
President Benigno S. Aquino III, escorted by Malaysian Prime Minister Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, signs the Guest Book at the Prime Minister's Office at the Perdana Putra Building in Putrajaya on Friday during his State Visit to Malaysia.
- Is Australia Living Beyond Its Means, as Claimed by the Country's Richest Person Gina Rinehart?
A volunteer packs rice inside a Department of Social Welfare and Development warehouse before shipping them out to the devastated provinces hit by Typhoon Haiyan in Manila November 8, 2013.
- How DOE is addressing Mindanao power woes
MANILA, Philippines The Department of Energy is continuing to implement both short-term and long-term solutions to address the power shortage problem in Mindanao.
- Salinas group to build farm co-op in town hit by typhoon
A Salinas based nonprofit is getting help from local Filipino groups to deliver supplies and lots of hope to a typhoon ravaged town in the Philippines.
- Local industries affected by govt measures to ease Manila's traffic congestion
MANILA: Monstrous traffic jams are common in Manila but the situation has worsened as various road projects are being constructed simultaneously.
- Ash Wednesday services usher in the Lenten season
Many churches around the world celebrated Ash Wednesday on March 5, 2014. I attended service at St. Vincent Ferrer in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.
- MANILA: Malaysian investors seen keen on southern Philippines
Malaysian investors are expected to start exploring investment opportunities in Mindanao - particularly in the banking, palm oil and rubber plantations, infrastructure and tourism industries - following the successful business mission held alongside the state visit of President Aquino to Malaysia last week.
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