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            The Philippines is a tropical paradise. It is a very beautiful site to see and consists of 7107 islands and is located in the south west Pacific Ocean. This place competes with the dangers of hurricanes,volcanoes,and earthquakes, but is full of different types of nature and people. Many of the people that live there have immigrated here. Some of them were my family. I will also tell you about the type of government they have and what the people are like. Lastly I will talk about the religion, schools and some art. Also you will learn the Philippines is not what some commercials may appear to look like, which is a poor dirty country, but really it is a great place for a vacation to relax in.
             The government found in the Philippines consists of 72 provinces which are divided into municipalities made of barangays(similar to countries). The central Government is led by a president. Congress consists of a 204 seat House of Representatives and a 24 seat senate. Most of the government offices are in Quezon City, the former capital. The voting age is 15 for local elections and 18 for national elections. National elections are held every three years. The Philippines is a Republic their president is Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the type of money used there is pesos. That is the type of government found in the Philippines which is very similar to what is in the U.S.
             The people of the Philippines are mainly Malay. The chinese make up the second largest group in the Philippines, and smaller numbers of Americans, Europeans, Indians, and Japanese also live on the islands. The population is 77.2 million and is growing at 2.1 percent a year. All of these groups have contributed to the Philippine culture.
             The type of clothing found in the Philippines differs with each type of job they have. Many usually wear shorts and T-shirts; some people will wear uniforms based on there job. The main type of foot wear out there is mainly rubber sandals for casual situations.