Philippines


Republika ng Pilipinas
In southeastern Asia, mostly mountains with narrow extensive coastlands. 300,000 km2 (slightly > AZ), 19% arable.

Capital Manila (pop est. 11.2M)
Population 98M (326.7/km2)
Life expectancy 71 years
HIV/AIDS 0.1%
Literacy 93%
Lang(s) Filipino (official), English (official), eight major dialects: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, Pangasinan
Religions Roman Catholic 81%, Muslim 5%, other Christian 5%, Evangelical 3%, Iglesia mi Kristo 2%, Aglipayan 2%, other 2%
Ethnic Groups Tagalog 28%, Cebuano 13%, Ilocano 9%, Bisaya/Binisaya 8%, Hiligaynon Ilanggo 8%, Bikol 6%, Waray 3%, other 25%
Gov’t Republic
GDP/cap $3,300
PCVs 1961-1990; 1992 – present; education, environment, youth & business development (Volunteers in country: 148; total to date: 8,369)
Nat’l holiday Independence Day, 12 June (1898)


Focus word for 2011 - "Celebration"

Filipino: Pagdiriwang (pag-deary-wang)


Books

Burning Heart: A Portrait of the Philippines
by Jessica Hagedorn
Book Description
These unflinching photographs uncover the importance of religion in the Philippines, as well as the social inequality, dire poverty, overpopulation, and ingrained class system that are all part of daily life.


Kids' Books

Tuko and the birds: a tale from the Philippines
by Shirley Climo; illustrated by Francisco X. Mora.
New York: Henry Holt, 2008.
Ages 5 to 10.


Music

Rico Blanco
Your Universe
Music from Philippines


Films

Baler (Mark Meily, 2008)


Recipes

Ginataang Kalabasa/Squash Cooked in Coconut Milk
Phillipine Civet Coffee
Bantai Civet Coffee