Incoming News Report: Philippines

Incoming News Report: Philippines

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  • Incoming News Report: Philippines
  • Welcome to World News and today's report. The island country of Philippines consists of 7,100 islands and islets. They have many affinities with the West from a history of Spanish conquest and U.S support and protection. Although there isn't an exact number of languages spoken in the area, scholarly studies suggest about 150 languages are spoken in the country. The Philippines is already ahead or caught-up in many factors with countries like the U.S, but as we search deeper we can see even more of the country and its people.
  • On a plane to the Philippines...
  • In 1935, after independence from Spanish rule, the Philippines functioned similar to the U.S in government. It had a constitution similar to that of America, but that was abolished and replaced in 1973. The president is now head of state with a prime minister and cabinet in charge of executive. There was an addition to the constitution in 1987, and now there is a House of Representatives and a smaller Senate. Rodrigo Duterte is the current president with Leni Robredo as the vice president.
  • The Spanish began colonization in 1565, and ruled most of the Philippines by the end of the century. They had control over the islands until the Philippine Revolution, in which the country finally declared independence in June, 1898. The U.S had control of the Philippines because it helped in the revolution. After a series of demands for independence from the U.S, the Philippines finally became its own country in 1935.
  • A Quick History
  • Manila Airport
  • The workforce is well organized, as well as women having the same opportunities as men and protected from discrimination by the law. The relationship between the trade union and employment union remains untroubled, and disputes between labour and management are settled calmly.
  • The Philippines have an economy that depends heavily on agriculture. Crops can be grown year-round in the rich soil. There was a growth in the manufacturing industry in the 20th century, and has remained stable since then. However, it only employs less than 10% of the work force. The Philippines joined the World Trade Organization in 1995. Although its top trade partners continue to be the U.S and Japan, the country now trades with other countries in East and Southeast Asia because of its membership.
  • Around four-fifths of Filipinos are Roman Catholic. The religion gained strength in the early and late 20th century, and Jaime Cardinal Sin, archbishop of Manila, was one of the country’s most politically outspoken spiritual leaders. Other christian religions make up about one tenth of the population. Islam is common in southern Philippines, and the religion makes up around 5% of the population. Spain introduced Christianity during their rule over the people, but Islam was slowly introduced much before from Indonesian influence spreading over the country.
  • San Agustin Church
  • National Museum of the Philippines
  • The extended family is very important to the Philippine culture. This includes parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and more. They are closely tied and visit for holidays, baptisms, and marriages.  Whether it is a simple or festival meal, major foods in the country are built around steamed rice or rice noodles. Of course, there are other aspects in the average meal. The people wear clothes similar to and influenced by European clothing; however, there are still cultural clothing such as the terno and barong. The Philippines have a variety of entertainment, from cinemas to jazz clubs there is plenty to do in the country that the people enjoy immensely.
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