Take a virtual trip to the Philippines, one of Southeast Asia’s preferred destinations. The Philippine Village will showcase its tourist attractions – marvel at the Philippines’ many attractions: diving in the heart of world center of biodiversity Tubbataha reef, the ancient Rice Terraces of Banaue, the pristine beaches of Boracay,Cebu and Bohol; and colonial architecture in historic Intramuros and Vigan.
Learn more about the Philippines’ rich heritage and diverse cultures. With a population of almost 92 million and a workforce that is dynamic and well- educated, definite social and business assets for the Philippines.
Out of the country’s interactions with its neighbors and its Western colonists evolved a people of a unique blend of east and west, both in appearance and culture.
The national language is Filipino, derived mainly from Tagalog. There are about 80 other languages and many dialects spoken. The major languages are Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon, Bicol, Waray, Pangasinense, Pampango and Maranao. English is widely spoken and used as the medium of instruction in higher education, business and government.
But there’s only one word that will instantly open doors: Mabuhay! It means many wonderful things like Hawaii’s “Aloha.” Literally, it means “Long Live!”
The Asian Festival will highlight the uniqueness of the Philippines, with its cuisine – a rich, delectable blend of native dishes with Spanish, Chinese and American influences – cultural performances, handmade crafts, and interactive displays and indigenous games for children.