Southeast Asian Languages/Philippine Languages

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The Philippine Languages Department

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Filipino 1

Filipino 1 is a course offered by the Division of Southeast Asian Languages in which students are introduced to simple vocabulary, phrases, and elementary grammatical structures of the language.

The Philippines

The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an island nation located in the Malay Archipelago in Southeast Asia, with Manila as its capital. It comprises 7,107 islands called the Philippine Archipelago, with a total land area of approximately 300,000 square kilometers, or 116,000 square miles, making it the 72nd largest country by area. It is the 12th largest country by population, with about 80 million.

Modern-day Filipinos are mostly of Austronesian ancestry, both Malay and Negrito, although there are a number of Filipinos with Chinese, Arab, and European ancestry, the latter especially via Spain and the United States of America.

The country was named "Las Islas Filipinas" (The Philippine Islands) by Ruy López de Villalobos after King Philip II of Spain. Spanish colonial rule began in 1565 and lasted for about three centuries until the Philippine Revolution of 1896. The United States gained possession of the Philippines after the Spanish-American War in 1898 and the Philippine-American War in 1899. The U.S. ruled the country for about five decades. Philippine culture has many affinities with the West. Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion, there are a lot of Christian denominations, too. Filipino and English are the 2 official languages.

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