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By Tim Kehres

The Philippines is home to approximately 180 living languages. Most native languages are local branches from the Malayo-Polynesian languages, which are themselves branches of the Austronesian language family. Eight major languages along with their dialects are the mother tongues of about 90% of the population. Filipino and English are the official languages in the country…


By Tim Kehres

The cuisine of the Philippines, like so many areas of Philippine culture, is tightly coupled with the history, geography, and climate mixed together with about 120 different ethnic groups, each with their own local customs and history. It is an integral part of local art and culture. Philippine cuisine has been strongly influenced by foreign…