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Philippines

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Sponsors have helped Filipino children since 1972, when Compassion teamed up with churches in the Philippines to fight poverty.

Where in the World?

southeastern Asia

Favorite ...

sports: basketball, badminton, boxing, Arnis (a martial art)

foods: pork, seafood, rice, halo-halo (a sweet drink)

celebrations: MassKara (a festival with parades, dancing and masks), Sinulog (a Catholic festival celebrating Jesus), Christmas

Claim to Fame

invented the jeepney — a colorfully decorated vehicle popular for public transportation

Wild Residents

Philippine eagles, saltwater crocodiles, Visayan warty pigs

Poverty Pitfalls

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Many people don’t have electricity at home. Kids who don’t have light at home can do homework at their Compassion centers instead.
There aren’t enough clean bathrooms or clean water. The centers have safe, clean places for kids to go to the bathroom and wash their hands.
Typhoons and earthquakes ruin people’s homes. Churches help families find new homes after natural disasters.

Fun Facts

a little bigger than Arizona

money: peso

in the Ring of Fire, an area with lots of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes

is the only place where the endangered Visayan warty pig lives

Native people are known for making beautiful woven fabrics.

Popular recipes blend Indian, Chinese and native Filipino ingredients.

Stat Snapshot

Stats

Philippines 🇵🇭 United States 🇺🇸

Population

104,256,076 326,625, 791

People Living in Poverty

21.6% 15.1%

Languages

Filipino, English, Tagalog, eight regional languages like Cebuano and Ilocano

English 79%, Spanish 13%, Indo-European 3.7%, Asian and Pacific Island 3.4%, other 1%

Religions

Catholic 82.9%, Muslim 5%, other Christian 4.5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, other/unspecified 2.4%, none 0.1%

Protestant 46.5%, unaffiliated 22.8%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, other Christian 0.9%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah’s Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%, other/unspecified 2.4%

Typical Family Income

$8,200 per year $59,500 per year

MAIN SOURCE: World Factbook, 2018

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