Skip to Main Content

Philippines 2011




Republika ng Pilipinas
In southeastern Asia, mostly mountains with narrow extensive coastlands. 300,000 km2 (slightly > AZ), 19% arable.

Capital Manila (pop est. 11.2M)

Population 98M (326.7/km2)

Life expectancy 71 years


Literacy 93%

Lang(s) Filipino (official), English (official), eight major dialects: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, Pangasinan

Religions Roman Catholic 81%, Muslim 5%, other Christian 5%, Evangelical 3%, Iglesia mi Kristo 2%, Aglipayan 2%, other 2%

Ethnic Groups Tagalog 28%, Cebuano 13%, Ilocano 9%, Bisaya/Binisaya 8%, Hiligaynon Ilanggo 8%, Bikol 6%, Waray 3%, other 25%

Gov’t Republic

GDP/cap $3,300

PCVs 1961-1990; 1992 – present; education, environment, youth & business development (Volunteers in country: 148; total to date: 8,369)

Nat’l holiday Independence Day, 12 June (1898)

Adult Books

Burning Heart: A Portrait of the Philippines
by Jessica Hagedorn

Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: 152 pages
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0847821648

Book Description
These unflinching photographs uncover the importance of religion in the Philippines, as well as the social inequality, dire poverty, overpopulation, and ingrained class system that are all part of daily life.

Kids' Books

Tuko and the birds: a tale from the Philippines
by Shirley Climo; illustrated by Francisco X. Mora

Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
ISBN: 978-0805065596
Age Range: 5–10 years
Publisher: New York: Henry Holt, 2008


Film: Baler
Director: Mark Meily (2008)


Rico Blanco (Album: Your Universe): Music from Philippines

Focus Word

Focus Word for 2011 - "Celebration"

Filipino: Pagdiriwang (pag-deary-wang)

Become a Member

Join RPCVs of Wisconsin - Madison to stay connected and support Peace Corps community initiatives! 




  Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison is a public charity registered under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States. Its EIN is 39-1669348. It is also an affiliate group of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA).

NPCA champions lifelong commitment to Peace Corps ideals by connecting, engaging and promoting its members and affiliate groups as they continue to make a difference in communities in the U.S. and abroad. NPCA is also dedicated to advocating for, contributing to, and supporting the betterment of the Peace Corps. Visit NPCA to learn more