In the Philippines, there are about 175 estimated languages spoken and almost all are classified as Malay-Polynesian languages and about 90 dialects. Among these languages, there are 13 that are unique with almost 1 million speakers for all of them combined.
For more than a few hundred years Spanish was the official language in the Philippines. It was spoken by a large portion of the population. But the use of Spanish began to decline after the Philippines was occupied by the United States in the 19th century and it was later when the Philippine Constitution named both Spanish and English as official languages. But in 1900’s the Tagalog language became the official national language. The language named after the country was officially in 1958 and since the 1970’s and to this day Filipino and English are the most common languages among its inhabitants.
Culture in the Philippines
The Philippines is a country that has been varying widely depending on cultural influences, although most of these influences are the result of the colonization they had, so the culture of Spain and the United States are the most obvious. But in spite of all these influences, the old Asian culture of the Filipinos is maintained and clearly seen in their way of life, in their beliefs and in their customs. The culture of the Filipinos is well known and loved by many people around the world. Some interesting points of the Filipino culture are the following:
Filipinos are very fond of music, using various materials to create sound and like to represent dances and singing groups. Christmas is one of the celebrations most beloved by the Filipinos. Families gather on December 24 to celebrate the traditional “Christmas Eve”. The new year also celebrates reuniting all the relatives again. It is celebrated with knit clothes and fruits on the table.
Filipinos are experts in sports, the traditional sport of the country is called Arnis which is a form of martial arts. Although they also enjoy watching games of basketball, soccer or boxing.
The family is very important to them and also include uncles, grandparents, cousins and other external relations as godparents or very close friends. The children have godparents and when the parents are not they are the grandparents who care for the little ones. It is common for families to work together in the same companies. There are different social classes.
Friends and relationships are also important. Online dating on sites like Filipina cupid is becoming more popular, with many looking to meet foreigners. Filipinas also love to meet their friends at the mall and go out for meals. Overall the entire country is friendly and open to meeting new people.