“The smile of Asia” is the nickname that has long been rightfully given to the Philippines. People there have a “catching happiness” that will make your stay here unforgettable. That also explains why the country has become popular within a few years and why it is now the new hub for English education in Asia.
The original official language of the Philippines was Spanish for many centuries until the early half of the 20th century. Then, under US occupation, English was introduced into schools and in 1935 English was added to the constitution alongside Spanish as a national language.
In 1937 steps were taken to develop a national language based on one of the existing native languages. Tagalog was chosen as the base language and, in 1973, the language, christened Filipino, became the joint official language along with English.
Filipino is the official language of education, but is considered less important than English in schools. Thus, most Filipinos, especially in urban areas, can speak a decent level of English. Because English is part of the curriculum from primary to secondary education, many Filipinos write and speak in fluent Philippine English, although there might be differences in diction and pronunciation.
English is also used in higher education, religious affairs, print and broadcast media, and business. Most cultivated Filipinos are bilinguals and speak English as one of their languages. Still, for highly technical subjects such as nursing, medicine, computing and calculus, English is the preferred medium for textbooks, communication, etc.
With 7,641 islands, the Philippines is a beach bum’s delight. There’s an island to suit every taste of travelers, from marooned slicks of sand in the middle of the ocean to sprawling mega-islands to the paradise Boracay, you will see how Philippines could amaze you with such different wonderful landscape.
The Philippines isn’t just about finding an isolated beach and getting catatonic. From kayaking to kite boarding to canyoning to spelunking, the Philippines can capably raise any adrenaline junkie’s pulse. While surfers are just catching on to the tasty waves that form on both coasts, divers have long been enamored of the country’s underwater charms.
What’s more? The Philippines is just a box of surprises which you could discover little by little during your study in these destinations.