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Philippines, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, is a country in Southeast Asia with Manila as its capital city. It comprises 7,107 islands in the western Pacific Ocean. The Philippines is the world's 12th most populous country, with an estimated population of about 92 million people. Its national economy is the 47th largest in the world, with an estimated 2008 gross domestic product of over US$ 168.6 billion . It is estimated that there are about 11 million overseas Filipinos worldwide, equivalent to about 11% of the total population of the Philippines. A former colony of Spain and the United States, the Philippines is one of two predominantly Roman Catholic countries in Asia, the other being East Timor. There are also a number of minority religious groups, including Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other beliefs. Multiple ethnicities, and cultures are found throughout the islands. Ecologically, the Philippines is one of the most diverse countries in the world.

   
 
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Filipino Christmas - Manila
Filipino Christmas Filipino Christmas: Overview

When:December 25 Where:Philippines

The Philippines is a great place to be at Christmas. This intensely religious country takes the birth of Christ extremely seriously - a near month-long festival begins with the Misa de Gallo (Mass of the Rooster) at dawn on the 16 December and finishes on the 6 January with the Feast of Kings. Every night in-between, churches are full to bursting with the faithful praying at midnight masses, never more so than on Christmas Eve itself. The rich fusion of Christianity and paganism have produced a myriad of Philippine Christmas rituals and traditions. One of the most obvious is the l...

Ati Atihan - Kalibo
Ati Atihan Ati-Atihan

When :January (annual) Where:Kalibo

The Ati-Atihan is a confusing blend of the sacred and the profane, a festival held to honour Jesus Christ on one of the world's most beautiful islands. Each January the inhabitants of Panay Island, Filipinos, others from around the 7107 islands and tourists from all over the world flock to Kalibo, the capital of Panay Island, for this amazing spectacle. Although ostensibly this is a Christian festival, its roots go back to the 13th century, when ten Datu refugees fleeing Borneo found refuge in Panay Island. They purchased a plot of land for a gold hat and a basin from the local people, known as the Atis...

Sinulog Festival - Cebu
Sinulog Festival Sinulog Festival

When:January (annual) Where:Cebu City

The Sinulog Festival is the biggest and most popular festival on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. P eople wearing phenomenal costumes of feathers and bright silks in a bewildering array of colours dance for hours in a Grand Parade. Masks and horns, traditional instruments and the famous Sinulog dance take over the city. A beautiful palm-fringed island in the heart of the Philippine archipelago, Cebu is a relaxing place for 99 per cent of the time. But during the entire Sinulog Festival, especially on Sinulog Sunday (the third Sunday in January), the city's inhabitants converge at noon on ...

Philippines – The Pearl of The Orient - Manila
Philippines – The Pearl of The Orient The Republic of the Philippines has two international gateway cities – Manila and Cebu. Manila is served by the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which handles more than 30 foreign airlines flying to different destinations in the world whereas Cebu, the Queen City of the South, handles regular flights from Japan, Australia, Singapore and Guam including charter flights to Hong Kong, the United States and other major travel destinations at the Mactan International Airport. Philippine Airlines (PAL) is the country's flag carrier linking Manila to 26 cities in 19 countries; it also flies to principal cities and towns all over the archipelago. The country's airports and seaports serve major international carriers an...

Languages of Philippines - It's more than 180 - Manila
Languages of Philippines - It's more than 180 More than 180 languages and dialects are spoken in the archipelago, almost all of them belonging to the Borneo-Philippines group of the Malayo-Polynesian language branch of the Austronesian language family. According to the 1987 Constitution, Filipino and English are both the official languages. Many Filipinos understand, write and speak English, Filipino and their respective regional languages. Filipino is the de facto standardized version of Tagalog spoken in Metro Manila and urban centers and one of the official languages in the country. English, the other official language, is widely used as a lingua franca throughout the country. Twelve major regional languages are the auxiliary official languages of their ...