About the Philippines

About the Philippines

Philippines

The Philippines is one of the world’s largest archipelago nations. It is situated in Southeast Asia in the Western Pacific Ocean. Its islands are classified into three main geographical areas – Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Because of its archipelagic nature, Philippines is a culturally diverse country. With its topography consisting of mountainous terrains, dense forests, plains, and coastal areas, the Philippines is rich in biodiversity. It is considered as one of the mega biodiversity countries in the world with a high percentage of flora and fauna endemism.

Why ‘It’s More Fun In the Philippines’

Filipinos and friends from all over the world feel energized by the new slogan of the Department of Tourism, which aims to invite tourists to visit the country.

Despite the controversies and criticisms we discussed in my column last Wednesday, many more kababayans are fired up to be the country’s best sales people, sharing why they believe it is really more fun in the Philippines!

Culture

culture-picThe Spanish Empire then colonized the islands and, after more than three centuries of colonization, Roman Catholicism spread throughout the archipelago and Hispanic influence heavily impacted the country’s culture. … Then, after being colonized by Spain, the Philippines became a U.S. territory for almost 50 years.

The Philippines is one of the two predominantly Roman Catholic (80.58%) nations in Asia-Pacific, the other being East Timor. From the census in 2014, Christianity consist about 90.07% of the population while Islam is the religion for about 5.57% of the population. Those who reported others or none composed 4.37% of the total population of the country.

Education

educationEducation in the Philippines is managed and regulated by the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). DepEd is responsible for the K–12 basic education; it exercises full and exclusive control over public schools and nominal regulation over private schools, and it also enforces the national curriculum that has been put in place since 2013. CHED and TESDA, on the other hand, are responsible for higher education; CHED regulates the academically-oriented universities and colleges while TESDA oversees the development of technical and vocational education institutions and programs in the country.