Philippines San Pablo 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 Bart A. Mangum

Brgy San Juan, Alaminos
4001 Laguna



Straight from the Philippines San Pablo Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?

*What did you eat the most of?
“Typical and basic Filipino foods.”

*What is the craziest thing you ate?

*What was most surprising about the culture?
“Lots if women drinkers in Quezon Province, of which one drinking group cooked old, dying honeybees to eat with the drinking.”

*What advice would you give to someone going to the Philippines San Pablo Mission?
“Stay poised and fresh looking and sharp and always wear a smile from beginning to end of your mission.”

*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“I wish i had known myself more. I should have first got out of my box and observed myself in action so that i could evaluate myself and be better when interactng with people.”

*Other comments?
“Can’t wait to go back to the Mission field. This time with my wife, or family if I get the chance to be called as Mission President”

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