Philippines Laoag Mission

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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.


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President Julius F. Barrientos

Brgy. #50 Buttong, Airport Avenue
Junction Tangid Road, Laoag City
2900 Ilocos Norte

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Straight from the Philippines Laoag Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?
“Chocolate, peanut butter, phones in our apartments, bikes, clothes my size.”

*What did you eat the most of?
“Rice and fish.”

*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Beetles that were dug out of the ground by little kids and then sold to us in the market. You take the wings and legs off and then fry them in oil. Then we dipped the beetles in banana ketchup.”

*What was most surprising about the culture?
“I could not believe people were living in bamboo huts with slits between the bamboo pieces. The little toddlers would then pee through the slats. The very flooring I was sitting and walking on! I was amazed at the friendliness of the people towards me. I never had a door slammed in my face. Everyone welcomed me with food and smiles.”

*What advice would you give to someone going to the Philippines Laoag Mission?
“Be adaptable. Don’t judge the people for doing things differently. Get ready to sweat! Bring Gold Bond medicated powder. Its not just for your feet!”

*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“I wish I would’ve not had a boyfriend. It was a distraction for the first part of my mission and I feel that you need to really be focused with putting your whole heart and soul into the work.”

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