Philippines
 

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Introduction

In almost every unit of the hospital in the United States, there is a Filipino nurse that works there. I’ve even heard that nurses are the number one export of the Philippine government.

Because it is inevitable for anyone not to encounter a Filipino in the Nursing field, I thought it would be necessary for me to introduce the culture and the whereabouts of the Philippines. This section of the website will, hopefully, provide others a better understanding of the country – its unique history, food, culture and values

The Flag

The rays of the sun represent the 8 provinces (Bulacan, Cavite, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bataan, Laguna, Batangas, and Manila) that revolted against the Spanish rule.
The 3 stars represent the main groups of islands:  Luzon, Visaya, and Mindanao
The triangle represents equality and its white color stand for purity. The blue stripe represents peace and the red means the willingness of the Filipino people to defend its country. Thus, in time of peace the blue stripe is on top or on the right side and in times of war, the red stripe is on top or to the right.

The Country

Officially called the Republic of the Philippines, the country is located in South East Asia and consists of more than 7100 named islands. The countries terrain is mountainous with coastal lowlands. Its location in Asia gives it a tropical climate but also makes it very vulnerable to numerous typhoons.

The capital of the Philippines is Manila and its inhabitant is called a Filipino. The official language is Pilipino, based on Tagalog but English is the language used by the government and the medium of instructions in education. The first six years of education is compulsory and mandatory, thus, the Philippines can boast of a 94% literacy rate.

As a result of 300 years of Spanish rule, majority of the Filipinos are Catholics (about 81%). The Protestants comprise 13% of the religion and about 5% are Muslims, mostly located in the biggest southernmost island, Mindanao.  

The Spaniards also influenced a lot of the spoken and written words of the Pilipino language. Yet, there are almost 87 other languages and dialects spoken in the country, possibly as a result of the Filipinos, who are also descendants of the Indonesians and Malays who migrated to the islands, trading with other Chinese merchants, Arab or Indian traders. Other principal languages are Cebuano, spoken mostly in the Visayan region, mostly the dispersed islands in the mid-section of the country; and Ilocano, spoken in the northern portion of Luzon. Many use English, Cantonese and Mandarin as the second language and only very few families consider Spanish as their second language.

 

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