Asyah J. 2nd period

Introduction to the Phillipines

Welcome to my newspaper for the Philippines! I'm just going to tell you a brief description of it. The Philippines is an archipelago. An archipelago is when there is an island with groups of islands around it. The Philippines has more than 7,000 islands. The main religion in this country is Christianity. About 90% of them follow the Roman Catholic religion. The cultures in the Philippines are Malay, Spanish, and American influences. They are a independent democratic republic, while the U.S. is a democracy. I think you should come to the Philippines because it will be fun to go here for a vacation. It is very relaxing and there is so much things to do down here in the Philippines! So, come to the Philippines if you want to have fun! If we want to go on a boring vacation, go somewhere else because the Philippines isn't for you!

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Geography/ Climate Of the Philippines

The Philippines is an archipelago. This amazing country is located western of the Pacific Ocean. It is made up of more than 7,000 islands. The Philippines is so popular that they have about a 99 million population. It is the twelfth largest country in the world. You should come here because you will meet a lot of people and you will have an amazing time going to the oceans. The climate here is perfect for living. The Philippines climate is tropical marine, with a northeast monsoon. Two thousand of the islands are inhabited. Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines. There are no land boundries in the Philippines because it is bordered by a lot of water. The islands are volcanic in origin. The climate is very hot because the Philippines is really close to the equator. Because the archipelago is volcanic, the small islands have a mountainous center with coastal plains. The temperature is constant, except when there are typhoons. In the winter it gets below 85*F. In the summer it can get up to 100*F. You should really come here; I mean who wouldn't like to go to a tropical country!

People/Culture of The Philippines

The culture name for The Philippines is Filipino. The Philippines real name is the "Republic of The Philippines". The Philippines was named the Filipinas at first to honor King Philip jr. of Spain in 1543. The name it has now is the name they used before independence. Filipinos are Roman Catholic, so if you go into their kitchen, there will be a painting called "The Last Supper" on their wall. Unlike most cultures, the Filipinos' culture is influenced by events that happened in the past. There is a town in the Philippines that has a party everyday. Filipinos go all out when it comes to cooking for other people. If they cooked for you, they would give you a platter that three people could probably eat off of. Doesn't the Philippines sound amazing so far? You get to relax by the ocean, go to parties, and eat good food; I think that's the whole package!
Now I'm going to explain to you some of the traditions of Filipinos. Filipinos have great hospitality! Their behaviour is less than considerate, but foreigners get treated with the best respect! Filipinos greet all of their elders, by taking their hand and placing it on their forehead. Also it is considered disrespectful if you go into a Filipinos house without taking off your shoes. They are very thoughtful and laid back people. People from the Philippines tend to be late to events often because they are laid back people. If you want to come to the Philippines you need to know how to have patience. If you rush a Filipino, it will be obvious that you don't know their culture. A Filipino will stop in the middle of the street to look at something or simply talk to someone; and they will expect a polite alert. Anybody that you pass by in the Philippines should be greeted with a smile, or "hello". On New Years Eve they cook foods that represent something. For an example, the noodles that they cook represent long life, and the eggs represent a new life.

now, we're on to the demographics. Their nationality is Filipino. The main ethnic groups in The Philippines is Malay and Chinese. There is a lot of religions in the Philippines, but the main one is Roman Catholic. The percentage for the number of Catholics is 85%, Protestant is 9%, also Muslim is 5%, and Buddhism and other religions is 1%. Pilipino is their national language and it is based on the language Tagalog. English is also spoken there. More than 90% of the people are Christian. Most of them converted and Westernized during the Spanish and American rule. Eighty-seven native languages and dialects are spoken in the Philippines. English is their second language and is spoken by many professionals, educators, and government workers. If this sounds like your type of people, then you should come to the Philippines.

Government and Citizenship

The Philippines, also known as the "Republic of the Philippines", is a constitutional republic. This country has a presidential system government. Everybody in the Philippines has a right to vote, as long as they are 18 years old or older. They also have to be resided in the Philippines for one year. A constitutional republic is when the head of the country or other officials are elected to represent the country. The elected official has to govern by following the constitutional law, that limits the government control over citizens. In a government system like this the executive, legislative, and judicial powers are separated into district branches. The head of the country is elected, rather than a person inheriting the position.

The education system in the Philippines is modeled on America's' education system. This reflects the influence America used to have on this country. After sixth grade the students begin to go to secondary schools. After tenth grade, the students move to higher education schools; where they also get their Bachelors Degree four years later. Higher education schools are usually private and ran by the church. Unfortunately, most students quit school after sixth grade. The duration of formal school is the shortest in the world. In the Philippines they have poor teaching material and poorly paid teachers. The test scores of Filipino students are below standards. The Philippines may not have the best education system, but if they want it to get better, they should model their education system on a different country.
The criminal justice system in the Philippines is not the best in the world. Victims and witnesses don't come forward to file charges when it comes to crimes. Their willingness to file charges, support cases or report crimes, reflect on how much confidence the country has. Criminals can get away with things easily in the Philippines. Filipinos are to scared to report things to the courthouse or government. They do not like to confess things because they are afraid something will happen to them.

Economy of the Philippines

The Filipino economy is the 43rd largest in the world. The Philippines is a newly industrialized country. It has been changing from an economy that is based on agriculture, to one that is based more on services and manufacturing. The economy in the Philippines grew by 6.1% in the first half of 2012. They are trying to move toward a mixed economy. A mixed economic system is when they combine private and public enterprise. It is partially free enterprise, and partially under government control. Most of the developed countries in the world have a mixed economy.
Since the 1980's the Philippines has opened their economy to foreign markets. They also established an arrangement of free trade agreements with several countries. America is one of the Philippines top trading partner. The trade amounts between America and the Philippines is $15.4 billion. This country has been visited by Arabs, Indians, and many other people for trading reasons.

Products exported: semiconductors, electronic products, transport equipment, garments, copper products, petroleum products, coconut oil, and fruits

Products imported: electronic products, mineral fuels, machinery and transport equipment, iron and steel, textile fabrics, grains, chemicals, and fabrics