Philippine Dive Safari

Some Facts of the Philippines

 

Dive Related

- The Philippines are at the peak of the “Coral Triangle”. “The Coral Triangle is

       considered to be the global epicenter of marine bio-diversity” (Wikipedia)

- The Philippine coastline length is nearly Double that of the entire United States

       with only 3% of the US land area. (26x California) (Wikipedia)

- These are good indicators of Great Diving!

 

Other Interesting Items

- 7107 Islands, as defined as a land mass >= 1 hectare (2.47 acres) at high tide.

- Population 98 million (approx.)

- Tagalog is the official day-to-day language (with 7 other major dialects).

- English is the official language for all legal processes and higher education.

- English literacy is 50%-80%, depending on reference source.

- The Philippines is the 5th largest English speaking population on Earth. Just

      after the United Kingdom. (Wikipedia)

 

- Religions: Roman Catholic 80.9%, Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni

      Kristo 2.3%, Aglipayan 2%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%,

       unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1%

 

- The only country whose flag can be properly flown with either side up. Blue on

      top when at peace and Red on top when at war.

- While Tagalog, English and other dialects are pervasive, if you ask someone the

      time they will reply in Spanish (?). Spain dominated the Philippines

      for 300+ years, until 1898. Before that no one cared what time it was.

-  As a result of the Spanish-American War the Philippines became a United

      States territory from 1898 to 1935 when the Commonwealth of the

      Philippines was formed marking the un-dominance of the Philippines.

      

The Philippines

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