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PHILIPPINE

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.

PHILIPPINE CLIMATE

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%.

PHILIPPINE POPULATION

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.

PHILIPPINE LANGUAGES

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.

ELECTRICITY

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

PHILIPPINE CURRENCY

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


  • 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
    Introducing the world's most high-tech sunlounger, complete with phone charger, water misting system and rotation sensor to follow the sun... but it will cost you A 28,000 A Lannister always pays his debts: Staff charge Game of Thrones star to enter Spain's Alcazar Palace... even though he's filming there Trekkers in Nepal could be made to take GPS tracking systems with them under new tourism rules following Himalayan avalanche Ebola screening begins at Gatwick Airport for passengers flying from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia after shambolic start at Heathrow last week From the sacred peaks of Mount Huashan to the world's first glass-bottom gondola: The most breath-taking cable car rides in the world Now that's a sleeper car! Upscale hotel in historic US train station converts 13 authentic 1920s Pullman rail cars into luxury suites Now that's a wizard idea! London hotel unveils Harry ... (more)

  • 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
    A lawyer told the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by three young girls who were sold as prostitutes on a website that which carries personal ads for people looking for sex should be thrown... A lawyer told the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by three young girls who were sold as prostitutes on a website that which carries personal ads for people looking for sex should be thrown out... The family of the first Ebola victim to die in the United States says the hospital that cared for him has refused for weeks to release lab results showing the effects of an experimental drug treatment, fanning... The family of the first Ebola victim to die in the United States says the hospital that cared for him has refused for weeks to release lab results showing the effects of an experimental drug treatment, fanning their... A Pakistani teenager awarded ... (more)

  • Changing lives in post-disaster Philippines
    For several days in November 2013, the world watched in horror how Mother Nature unleashed its fury over the hapless areas of the Visayas, the middle sets of islands in the Philippines. While Supertyphoon "Yolanda" , left death, sickness and despair, it brought out a silver lining.

  • Group calls for vigilance on journalist slay case
    THE National Union of Journalists of the Philippines called on the media and the public to remain vigilant despite the surrender of former Davao del Sur governor Douglas Cagas Monday. Cagas is one of accused in the murder of newspaper man Nestor Bedolido who was shot dead in Digos City.

  • Women entreps complete training on Star program
    SOME 1,200 women entrepreneurs from Davao Region completed entrepreneurship training under the Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources program initiated by Coca-Cola Philippines. The program, according to Adel Tamano, vice president for public affairs and communications of Coca-Cola Philippines, aims to train women sari-sari store owners, through Technical Education and Skills Development Authority , on basic entrepreneurship and to grant them access to resources in running their businesses.

  • SC sets EDCA oral arguments on Nov. 18
    The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments on several petitions that question the constitutionality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the Philippines and the United States in November.

  • A night to remember
    The NPC officers, led by its president Carla CaA et, and members thanked the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines for sponsoring the party. The NGCP was represented by lawyer Leonor Felipa Cynthia Alabanza, its spokesperson and adviser for External Affairs.

  • Int'l community should shift focus in war vs. illegal drugs
    Last Saturday, three men were shot and killed during the simultaneous raids conducted by the personnel of Cebu Provincial Police Office in Dalaguete and Alcoy towns. The CPPO arrested 10 persons believed to be members of criminal groups.

  • Foton Big Show 2014 Held in Manila, Philippines
    Held from October 17th to 19th at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, this year's theme was "Empower Your Business", highlighting Foton's commitment to serving businesses in the Philippines, large scale and small scale alike. Guests were able to take advantage of a plethora of exclusive deals and discounts available, such as high-value vehicle trade-ins, gifts, prizes, and flexible financing options from major local financial institutions.

  • Drug users arrest
    CAGAYAN DE ORO. Rayford Yap, PDEA-Northern Mindanao deputy regional director, presents to the media PO1 Darwin Maputi and Arsad Ayunan in his office on October 20. The two were arrested during a buy-bust operation at Barangay 35.

  • Philippine leader: Murder case won't harm US ties
    Joseph Scott Pemberton hangs on barbed wires as activists hold a rally near the USS Peleliu at the Subic Bay free port, northern Philippines. MANILA, Philippines - Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Monday that a murder investigation focused on a U.S. Marine should have no bearing on the two countries' relations, while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington seeks no "special privilege" for the suspect but only protection of his rights.

  • Marine accused in Philippine killing tests US ties
    Joseph Scott Pemberton hangs on barbed wires as activists hold a rally near the USS Peleliu at the Subic Bay free port, northern Philippines. MANILA, Philippines - Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Monday that a murder investigation focused on a U.S. Marine should have no bearing on the two countries' relations, while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington seeks no "special privilege" for the suspect but only protection of his rights.

  • Revilla confirms closing bank accounts amid pork scandal, denies stealing money
    Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. on Thursday confirmed that he had closed several banks accounts at the time when the pork barrel fund scam was exposed by the media. "I'm not denying that.

  • International group to work with police vs. online porn
    CYBER PORN. A man takes down notes during a forum called Anti-Child Cyber Prostitution: Highlighting Programs, Services and Initiatives of the Duty Bearers and Service Providers held at the Ayala Center Activity Area.

  • Advice: How to budget a trip to the Philippines
    Q. I 'm looking at doing a trip through the Philippines. What is a good amount of money to take for a student backpacker who wants to go off the beaten track? Also, some activities and attractions that wouldn't break the bank? A. With the Philippines making up one of the largest archipelagoes in the world, the costly part comes from getting from one island to the next.


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