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Philippines

Philippines

Philippines

HOSTILE

Capital
Manilla

Size
The Philippines is an archipelago off the coast of Asia. An archipelago is a group of islands. The total area of the islands is about the same as the area of Arizona.

Main Languages
Filipino and English are official languages in the Philippines. Numerous other local languages are spoken.

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 8:00 p.m. in the Philippines.

Interesting Fact
The people of Marikina City, Philippines, say their city owns the world’s largest pair of shoes. The shoes are about 18 feet long and 6 feet high. Ten shoemakers built them. Only an imaginary person more than 100 feet tall would fit into the shoes. (Goliath in the Bible was nine feet tall.) 

History
The Philippines was ruled by Spain and the U.S. before it became an independent country in 1946. Muslims in Mindanao have fought to get an independent land of their own for many years. Their violence and the violence of other groups have caused much death and sadness.

Religion
About 80% of Filipinos are Catholic. About 5% of Filipinos are Muslim. Many Filipino Christians are bold missionaries to non-Christian countries.

Persecution
Some Muslims work with Christians to bring about peace in their land. Extremist Muslims have threatened and attacked Christians on the island of Mindanao.