The Philippines Essay

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1.0 Introduction Philippines or more commonly known as The Republic of Philippines is one of the Asian country and located in Southeast Asia. Philippines is an archipelago, the country is made up of 7,107 islands and Philippines is often considered as the only Southeast Asian country where the influence of Western culture felt very strong. The Philippines population in 2012 will be 103,775,002 in July, according to the CIA World Factbook. This is considerably higher than the estimates provided by the Philippines National Statistics Office. Based on extrapolating the 2000 census results, they predicted that there would be 94,013,200 in 2010 and, based on a growth rate of around 1.8 million people per year, this would lead to an assumed population in 2012 of around 97 million people. According to both of these sets of figures, the Philippines is the 12th largest country in the world today, sandwiched between Mexico and Vietnam. Unsurprisingly for a country that is made up of many islands, the Philippines contains a diverse range of ethnic groups. Religion in the Philippines is heavily influenced by its history as a part of the Spanish Empire. As well as naming the country after its King (Philip II), Spain also exported its religion, and today around 80% of the country’s citizens are Roman Catholic Christians. Of the remaining people, 10% are from other Christian denominations and around 5% are Muslim, mainly based in the South West in the country. The Philippines has 8 major dialects. Listed in the figure; Bikol, Cebuano, Hiligaynon (llonggo), Ilocano, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Tagalog, and Waray. Although the official language of the Philippines was, for many years, Spanish, the legacy of the American administration during the first half of the 20th century has been that its two official languages today are English and Filipino

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