Essay about Philippines and Roman Catholic Church

Submitted By Fenja-Stallecker
Words: 1997
Pages: 8

Inhalt
Introduction .................................................................................................................................................. 1
1.

Culture .................................................................................................................................................. 2

2.

Poverty and corruption ....................................................................................................................... 3

3.

Human rights and conflicts ................................................................................................................ 4

4.

Economy .............................................................................................................................................. 5
4.1.

Economic growth ........................................................................................................................ 5

4.2.

Environmentalism and energy production .............................................................................. 7

4.3.

Development potential ............................................................................................................... 7

Introduction
The Philippine culture is rooted from its former colonizers such as Spain and the United
States, and early trading partners like China, India and the Malays. Its history, customs, religion, language, art, cuisines are greatly influences by these foreign nations. The
Philippines received independence from Spain on 12 June 1898, which is nowadays still the day to celebrate as Independence Day.
With 7,107 islands forming the archipelago, almost every island offers a unique variety of magnificent sites, historical monuments, breath-taking natural wonders, amazing flora and fauna, and vibrant traditions. The land itself covers a geographical area of nearly 300,000 km2 and has about 88,600 inhabitants and still are the world's fifth largest island nation.
With an average population density of 295.48 inhabitants per km2 the Philippines are relatively densely populated. The islands of Boracay, El Nido, Puerto Galera, and
Amanpulo are known internationally for its white sands, clear blue waters, panoramic views, and warmest services and hospitality. The weather in the Philippines experiences a sunny and very enjoyable atmosphere at least half of the year making it a perfect vacation haven for foreigners who want to avoid very cold climate.
Various celebrations and festivities are celebrated in every city throughout the year. Most of these are part of the Christian traditions and customs. The Philippine population consists of almost 95% Christian believers, majority of which belongs to the Roman
Catholic Church. The Filipinos have a passion for celebrations and gives the warmest welcome and accommodation to its every visitor.

Being included in the list of newly industrialized emerging nations of the world, the
Philippines has a promising economy if can sustain its present growth. Its currency, the
Philippine Peso is dubbed as the best performing Asian currency in 2005. In 2007, its gross domestic product grew to 7.3%, the highest in 31 years. Because of its highly skilled professionals, the Philippines is now considered to be one of the business processing outsourcing (BPO) hubs in the world.

1. Culture
The culture of the Philippines is greatly characterized by a diverse mixture of various nations that have occupied the country since the dawn of its civilization. Spanish,
American, Malay, Chinese and Islam traditions have immense influences on different aspects of the Filipino culture.

Intimate family bond is upheld to the highest degree. Consequently, respect for parents and elders are extremely valued. A Filipino character is highly defined on how he/she respect his or her family and elders. Superstitions and other cosmic beliefs such as Feng
Shui that are brought by the Chinese are still common and somehow affect decision makings of some…