Philippines Baguio Mission


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Description

Baguio is a highly-urbanized city and is made up of 129 barangays (also known as villages, districts or suburbs). Due to its warm weather and rich history, Baguio is a well-known tourist attraction.

The city contains eight colleges and universities and has a young and diverse population. Many citizens from all over the Philippines come to live in Baguio. The area is filled with a lot of cultural heritage that focuses on the arts.

Baguio also has many festivals ranging from celebrations of the Chinese New Year to a month-long Flower Festival in tribute to the city’s flowers and in recognition of the rise up from the 1990 Luzon earthquake.

Snapshot of the Philippines – English and Tagalog (also known as Filipino) are the two official languages of the Philippines, though there are several other major regional languages, most notably Cebuano (spoken in the Central Visayas region), Ilokano (spoken in northern Luzon), and Hiligaynon (spoken in the western Visayas and Mindanao). About 90% of the population in the Philippines is Christian, with the vast majority belonging to the Roman Catholic Church. However, a few southern areas, including the Sulu Archipelago, have a primarily Muslim population. Philippine culture is influenced by Malay, Spanish, and American cultures. Events such as barrio fiestas (neighborhood festivals) are common events featuring music, food, and dancing. The use of English as an official language has helped make many American trends popular in the Philippines as well, such as fast food, rock and hip hop music, and films. Basketball is the most popular sport in the Philippines, though boxing, soccer, and volleyball are also popular. The Philippine martial art style Arnis is considered the national martial art. Eating out and regular snacks between main meals are popular in the Philippines. Rice is one of the staple foods in the Philippine. Corn, adobo (meat stew using pork or chicken), meat and vegetable rolls, seafood, empanadas, and several varieties of fruit and vegetable are also commonly eaten. Roasted pig is often served as the main course for festivals and special occasions.

Food

Eating out and regular snacks between main meals are popular in the Philippines. Rice is one of the staple foods in the Philippine. Corn, adobo (meat stew using pork or chicken), meat and vegetable rolls, seafood, empanadas, and several varieties of fruit and vegetable are also commonly eaten. Roasted pig is often served as the main course for festivals and special occasions.

Transportation

Several bus lines link the cities together in the Philippines. Traveling inter-city, many bus lines are air-conditioned at a higher fare. However, there are many taxi and jeepney drivers who provide public transportation throughout Baguio.

Customs

Events such as barrio fiestas (neighborhood festivals) are common events featuring music, food, and dancing. The use of English as an official language has helped make many American trends popular in the Philippines as well, such as fast food, rock and hip hop music, and films. Basketball is the most popular sport in the Philippines, though boxing, soccer, and volleyball are also popular. The Philippine martial art style Arnis is considered the national martial art.

Local Lingo

Although Tagalog and English are two are the regions major languages, many other dialects are spoken here as well, including: Ibaloi, Kanakana-ey, Pangasinan, Ilocano, Kapampangan and even Chinese can be heard in the area.

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