The Philippines

Learn about the Philippines!

About Filipinos

Filipinos usually have Chinese sometimes American or Spanish Ancestors. Many Filipinos have Spanish names because of the 19 century Spanish decree that required them to use Spanish surnames.

Education in the Philippines

Elementary education in the Philippines starts at age seven, is required by law, and lasts for six years. Secondary education begins at age thirteen and lasts for four years; under- graduate college instruction typically is four years.


The island is home to many species of flowering plants and ferns including hundreds of species of orchids. Tall grasses have replaced the forests, which have disappeared due to logging, mining, and development. The Philippines are inhabited by more than 200 species of mammals, including monkeys, squirrels, lemurs, mice, pangolins, cheverotains, mongooses, civet cats, and red and brown deer, among others. The binturong, or Asian bear cat, was once prominent, but now this furry mammal is vulnerable. The tamaraw, a species of water buffalo