Republic of the Philippines. Language. : Filipino (based on Tagalog), official national language; English, language of government and instruction in education. People Nationality: Noun--Filipino(s). Adjective--Philippine. Population (2009 estimate): 92.2 million.
: Filipino (based on Tagalog), official national language; English, language of government and instruction in education.
Nationality: Noun--Filipino(s). Adjective--Philippine.
Population (2009 estimate): 92.2 million.
Annual population growth rate (2007 estimate): 2.04%.
Ethnic groups: Malay, Chinese.
Religions (based on 2000 census): Roman Catholic 80.9%, Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, IglesianiKristo 2.3%, Aglipayan 2%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1%.
Area: 300,000 sq. km. (117,187 sq. mi.).
Major cities (2007 estimate): Capital--Manila (pop. 11.55 million in metropolitan area); other cities--Davao City (1.36 million); Cebu City (0.80 million).
Terrain: Islands, 65% mountainous, with narrow coastal lowlands.
Climate: Tropical, astride typhoon belt
The state of the educational system in the Philippines is a great cause for worry. Today, for every 10 children who start their primary education, only 6 go on to continue with their secondary education, and 4 will manage to enter college.
The history of the Philippines can be divided into four distinct phases: the pre-Spanish period (before 1521); the Spanish period (1521-1898); the American period (1898-1946); and the post-independence period (1946-present).
The first people in the Philippines, the Negritos, are believed to have come to the islands 30,000 years ago from Borneo and Sumatra, making their way across then-existing land bridges.
1.) The world’s longest snake and longest reptile which can be found in the Philippines and nearby areas is the Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus). Adults grow to a maximum of over 28 feet or 8.7 meters in length.
Fish species found in Philippine waters is the most diverse in the world.
The largest bat in the world is the Giant Golden-crowned Flying-fox (Acerodonjubatus). It is a rare and endangered fruit bat that can be found only in the Philippines. It has a wing span of at least 1.5 m (5 ft) and weighs approximately 1.2 kg (3 lbs) and is also known as the Golden-capped Fruit Bat.
The Giant Clam ( in the world.Tridacnagigas) found off the shores of the Philippines is the largest living bivalve mollusk and can weigh more than 200 kilograms (440 pounds), measure as much as 1.2 meters (4 feet) across and have an average lifespan in the wild of 100 years or more.
The Philippines is the only Christian nation in Asia.
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Many child sex workers - aged mostly from 11 to 15-year-olds - interviewed for a study by the Institute for the Protection of Children said relatives introduced them to prostitution, while others said they were recruited by friends.
Records at the social welfare department show that 158 cases of child abuse -- including sexual exploitation of minors -- were filed in court from 1994 to 1996. Only five led to convictions