By Isaiah and Nate
The country of the Philippines is located in Southeast Asia. It was named after King Philip II of Spain, it was a Spanish colony for over 300 years. In 1521 Ferdinand Magellan landed on the Philippines and claimed it for Spain. The Philippines is an archipelago of 7000 islands. The Philippines were ceded to the U.S. in 1898 following the Spanish-American war.
The brief history of the Philippines. (n.d.). Retrieved May 25, 2015, from https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resource...
Environmental factors/ landscape
When visiting the Philippines make sure to pack some dri-fit Nike clothing because the climate is tropical marine, or in other words, very humid. Also, be sure to prepare for anything especially considering that the monsoon season in the Northeast ranges from November to April and in the Southwest from May to October. (n.d.). Retrieved May 25, 2015, from https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resource...
For the most part the Philippines is known for its mountainous regions and breath taking beaches. However that's not the only part of nature that stands out in the Philippines. Asia is known for rice as they are for Kim Jong Un! In the Philippines rice is big business, but this rice isn't just grown and assembled in some factory. If you were to visit the Philippines and look beyond the ocean and mountains you could see the beautiful rice terraces that stretch for miles and miles long. Now don't think that these terraces are any ordinary farming grounds, these pieces of land have been passed down from generation to generation and represent a history to go along with it. http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/world-...
Political and Governmental
The Philippines is much like the U.S. in politics and government. The Philippines is a Democratic Republic type of government. In this case the current elected president, Benigno Aquino, was elected as president by the people. The Philippines governmental system similarly has a cabinet of of representatives and congressmen that pass and revise the laws written by the president. The only major difference from our government and the Philippines is that the elected officials in the Philippines serve a full term of six and a half years which is a 2 year difference from United States presidential term of 4 years.
Government of the Philippines. (n.d.). Retrieved May 26, 2015, from https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resource...
For a small country made of over 7000 islands it most definitely hauls in the dough by generating over 690 billion dollars in revenue from products that have been exported over seas. Although the only thing that stands out is the GDP per capita which averages out to 7000 a year, and this is the reason that the Philippines is one of the poorest countries. In the Philippines, the unemployment rate is a surprisingly low 7.1% of the entire population. The type of currency that is used in the Philippines is the Philippine peso which is 0.22 of the American dollar value.
In the Philippines imports and exports are extremely important considering that a huge percentage of the money that the country generates comes from exporting goods such as semiconductors and electronic products, transport equipment, garments, copper products, petroleum products, coconut oil, and fruits. From exports alone over 50 million dollars is generated. The partner countries that participate in the export business are Japan, U.S., China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Germany. As far as imports the money used to purchase these items ranges from 65 to 70 billion dollars and consist of electronic products, mineral fuels, machinery and transport equipment, iron and steel, textile fabrics, grains, chemicals and plastics. The partners are similar to those of export except Hong Kong and Germany are not in the mix, instead the countries are Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia.
Economy of the Philippines. (n.d.). Retrieved May 26, 2015, from https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resource...
Religion in the Philippines
Surprisingly, the Philippines prides itself as being the only country in Asia that practices Christianity. More that 86 percent of the entire Philippine population is Roman Catholic, 6 percent practice other Christian cults, 2 percent practice protestant denomination and the 4 percent is of the Muslim religion. The reason that the Philippines is strongly influenced by Christianity dates back to the discovery of the country. When the Spaniards arrived in the mid 1500's they're main goal was to distribute the teachings and practice of their religion to many different countries, while in the rest of Asia Christianity became completely wiped out by the Muslim religion the Philippines embraced the religion and has kept it going even till this day.
Religion in the Philippines. (n.d.). Retrieved May 26, 2015, from http://asiasociety.org/religion-philippines
Cultural traditions in the Philippines
In the Philippines and all of Asia for that matter, the cultures and traditions are very diverse. First off Filipinos have close ties with their families. What this means is that no matter how far or how close they are from each other these people will always find a way to be united with one another. As for most of us, at least once in our life time we all want to leave the house and get away from our parents, right? Well at least in the U.S. , but let's talk about how the Philippines view this. The adolescents in the Philippines don't move out automatically once they are of legal age, instead they stay home with their mama. However its not because they like being spoiled or anything like that, but in Philippine culture it is believed that if the children stay home with their mother for as long as possible good luck falls upon the home, and it is also said that if you leave your east side window open the home will be blessed with God's grace. Now as far as religious cultures and traditions the Filipinos don't take it as a joking matter. If you walk into a Filipino home you might be facing statues of Jesus and Mary, and this is because it is believed that your home and the visitors who arrived are also blessed. Christmas and Easter are also part of the traditions that Filipino people celebrate.
Filipino Culture: Customs and Traditions: Home and Familiy. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2015, from http://www.everything-filipino.com/Filipino_Cultu...
Recreation and Sports in the Philippines
I like to say that sports make a country and bring them together, but others beg to differ. In the Philippines sports are evident as they are in every other country. The most popular sports include basketball, soccer, and martial arts. Right now the most looked upon sport in the Philippines is boxing due to the dynamic fighters produced from the Philippines. One such example is world champion and pound for pound one of the greatest in the era; Manny Pacqiuao.
Sports and recreation. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2015, from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/456399/...