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We are still collecting information on the Philippines Davao Mission. If you served in this mission and are willing to share your experiences with us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
PO Box 80741
Davao, Davao City
8000 Davao del Sur
Straight from the Philippines Davao mission field:
What items were hard to get or not available?
“Most was available at a price”
What did you eat the most of?
“Fish, rice, bananas, pineapple, mangoes, pork, goat”
What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Balut – Fertilized duck egg, cooked at 18 days (4 days prior to hatching) Only ate it once!”
What was most surprising about the culture?
“Armed military presence everywhere. Most of the people loved us since we were Americans.”
What advice would you give to someone going to the Philippines Davao Mission?
“The importance of true Christ-like service isn’t found in the number of lessons taught in a particular week, but in the number of lives touched for good.”
What do you wish you had known before you served?
“Wish I could return knowing what I now know and having the energy of youth.”
Did you serve in the Philippines Davao Mission? If so we could love to hear your advice and your stories! Please contact us at email@example.com