The Philippines

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The national population of the Philippines is approximately ninety million people. The national language of the Philippines is Filipino, which is also called Tagalog. English is also spoken and understood throughout the country. English is the language for commercial and legal transactions. The Philippines is the third largest English-speaking country in the world. The major religion of the Philippines is Roman Catholicism. The Philippines is divided into three different geographical areas: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. There are fourteen regions, seventy-three provinces and sixty cities. Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is a large city by the bay and situated in Luzon.

An Important Artifact and an Explanation of its Importance
On June 13, 1889, the Philippine flag was erected as a symbol for national resistance of the first republic. The Philippine national flag is rectangular in shape with two horizontal ribbons of blue and red, a sun, and three stars. The blue stripe represents unity and moral principles such as peace, love, truth and justice. The red stripe symbolizes patriotism and bravery while the white triangle stands for equality and fraternity. The sun signifies national awakening and progress. Its eight sunrays represent the eight provinces of the Philippines which resisted the colonial power and eventually surrendered under Spanish martial law.

An Important Personality from the Philippines
An important personality to originate from the Philippines is Lea Salonga. Lea Salonga was born on February 22, 1971, to Feliciano Salonga and Ligaya Imutan in Manila. As a child, Lea originally wanted to be a psychiatrist. However, soon her talents for singing and acting were revealed. At the age of seven, Lea Salonga made her professional debut at the Repertory Philippines' production of The King and I. At the age of ten years old, Lea Salonga began her recording career and eventually received a gold record for her first album. As...
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