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Masskara, Bacolod


Introduction:


This wiki was created to give you a better understanding of the Philippines. Use the navigation bar at the top of each page to travel to the different aspects of the Philippines. Feel free to explore the links at the resources sections on the bottom of each page as well as the ones embedded in the pictures.

The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands, the Philippines stretches from the south of China to the northern tip of Borneo. The country has over a hundred ethnic groups and a mixture of foreign influences which have molded a unique Filipino culture.

Population:

(2009 estimate): 92.2 million

Capital:

Manila

Area:

300,000 square kilometers (115,831 square miles)

Language:


Filipino (based on Tagalog), English, & 8 major dialects

Religion:


Roman Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, & Buddhist

Education:


6 years compulsory (note: 6 years of primary education free and compulsory; 4 years of secondary education free but not compulsory). Attendance in 2008 (net enrollment rates) 85% in elementary grades, 61% in secondary grades. Functional literacy in 2008 for ages 10-64 was 86.4%. Basic literacy in 2003 was 93.4%

Health:


Infant mortality rate in 2008 was 25 per 1,000, Life expectancy in 2005 was 67.8 yrs. for males & 72.5 yrs. for females

Work force:


(2009): 35.06 million. Services (including commerce and government), 51%; agriculture, 34%; industry, 15%. (State.gov 2011)

Literacy:


Percent:96

Currency:


Philippine peso

GDP per Capita:


U.S. $4,600

Fun Facts:


The world’s largest pearl was found under the Palawan Sea by a Filipino diver in 1934. The giant treasure known as "Pearl of Lao-Tzu" and presumed to be 600 years old, weighed 14 pounds and 9 1/2 inches long and 5 1/2 inches in diameter and is now valued at US$42million.

Did you know that aside from using yoyo as a toy it was also used as a weapon ? Yes, and these people who utilized it as a weapon were no other than our pre-Hispanic Filipinos who lived in cycles of war between each tribe. Yoyos back then were not made of glaring plastic or colorful wood ; they were made of steel characterized with heavy weight and bigger size.



Resources:

Philippines Facts. (n.d.). National Geographic. Retrieved April 25, 2011, from
http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/philippines-facts/


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Date of creation: 3/31/11
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