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A growing hope for the Philippines

Ocean wishes is helping the children of the Philippines.

Help us support some of the children in Malapascua, Cabilao and Bohol in the Philippines to stay in school. Help Ocean Wishes create funds for these wonderful children to receive much needed clothing, school supplies, food and basic education. We are working with Biggs Eggert of Sea Explorers, Cabilao and Amun ini resort to do just that.  This year we donated over $2,000 in funds as well as much needed basic supplies to these children.

Please help us help the children of Philippines.

There are over 100 million people living in the Philippines.

 

 

THE FACTS

Located 500 miles off the coast of mainland Southeast Asia, the Philippines is an independent island nation in the western Pacific Ocean. More than 7,100 volcanic islands make up this tropical country. The country experiences an average of 19 typhoons a year. Nearly half of all industrial production is agricultural products, with rice and corn being the staple food crops. Fishing, forestry, and tourism are also important. Natural resources include timber, petroleum, nickel, cobalt, silver, gold, salt, and copper.

Filipinos have extremely close family ties, with grandparents, aunts, and uncles all living together. It is common for a child to continue living with his or her parents even after getting married. Many cultures have contributed to the Filipino population. Most Filipinos are an ethnic mix of Malay and some Chinese, Indian, Spanish, and American ancestry. While people speak eight major dialects, Filipino and English are the official languages.

HISTORY

The Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth in 1935 after years under U.S. control. In 1941, the Japanese invaded the Philippines, and U.S. forces recaptured the islands in 1944. The country attained full independence two years later.

Ferdinand Marcos ruled for 21 years until a rebellion forced him into exile in 1986. Corazon Aquino, widow of the rebellion leader, was installed as president, but she never established political stability. In 1987, Filipinos held free elections and have continued these elections, despite rebel factions.

A small group of guerrillas, known as Abu Sayyaf, has been fighting for an independent Islamic state in the country since the 1970s. Nearly 120,000 people have lost their lives in the conflicts with rebel groups, and more than 3 million have been displaced. The Philippines still faces threats from several terrorist groups today.

 

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