EFL ESL website
Wade's Summary of the Philippines
to Ms. Osti
than 70 million.
Groups: Spanish-Filipino, Chinese-Filipino,
Religion is very important. Over 85% Catholic. Prayers at school,
sometimes before every class.
English is the official language. Tagalog spoken in major cities. Outer
islands have dialects ( Over 100 dialects in total )
Almost 500 years under Spanish rule (rich and educated people speak
Spanish). Then, America (English as the official language comes from
this era), then Japan, then America again, then England for a short
time, and finally independence in 1945 (48???).
Ms Osti's hometown; Calamba, Laguna is the birthplace of national hero
and martyre for independence Dr. Jose Rizal.
After independence there were several presidents leading up to the age
Marcos. Marcos declared martial law and ruled the Philippines for
over 20 years He stole the wealth of the Philippnes and kept it for his
family. He was ousted by President Ms Corazon
Aquino, the wife of a
politician murdered by the Marcos administration. Although Corazon
Aquino was relatively clean, the Philippines has a history of problems
In the election this year (2003) an actor who knows nothing
Poe, may be elected. This is another example of how the rich can do
anything in the Philippines, even become president.
Note: Ms Osti wade is the founder
of the NGO 'JFC' (Japanese-Philippino Children). It is a group that
helps children in the Philippines who have Japanese fathers.
The group helps the children learn about Japan, and in some cases
assists the mother
in contacting the father if his whereabouts are unknown.