Name: Sari Aguilar Labrador
Age: 11 years old
Hometown: Quezon City (former capital)
Languages spoken: English, Filipino, some Spanish and a little Japanese
Family: Dad Albert, mom Pia and Older sister Gita
Parents’ Work: Dad is a photographer and mom is a full-time mom.
Hobbies: Writing, reading, making duct tape crafts, crocheting, knitting and making friendship bracelets and jewelry
Favorite Filipino food: Tapa (dried or cured beef)
What would you like to be when you grow up? A musician
What would you like kids in the United States to know about life in the Philippines? It’s a really festive, happy country.
THE PHILIPPINES AT A GLANCE
Location: Group of islands in Southeast Asia
Number of Islands: 7,000
President: Benigno Aquino III
Population: 100 million
Overseas Workers: 9 percent of the population
Religion: Roman Catholic 81%, other Christian 11% and Muslim 5%
Languages: There are 171 native languages spoken in the Philippines. Tagalog and English are the official languages.
History: The Philippines was colonized by Spain (1521-1898) and then the United States (1898-1946). Filipinos resisted being colonized by the United States, but lost in the Philippine-American War (1889-1902). On July 4, 1946, the Philippines gained independence. Filipinos celebrate their Independence Day on June 12.
LEARN A LITTLE TAGALOG
Good Morning: Magandang Umaga
Thank you: Salamat
Country profile sources: The World Factbook, Philippine Portal and Wikipedia