Semana Santa (the original Spanish name) or by the Filipino name Mahál na Araw
<ul><ul><ul><li>white triangle - equality and fraternity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>blue field - peace, truth and justice </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>red field for patriotism and valour. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>sun -unity, freedom and People's Democracy. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>eight rays of the sun -eight provinces </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>three stars symbolize Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao </li></ul></ul></ul>
About the Philippines Bodies of Water The Philippines boast of many different kinds of natural water forms, such as bays, rivers, lakes falls, gulfs, straits, and swamps. Natural Resources The Philippines is rich in natural resources. It has fertile, arable lands, diverse flora and fauna, extensive coastlines, and rich mineral deposits. Our Land The Philippines’ primary source of livelihood is its fertile land. The country ‘s six major crops are rice, corn, sugarcane, coconut, abaca and tobacco. Except for rice and corn, all these products are exported, along with bananas and pineapples.
Our Forests The Philippines also boasts of wide tracts of lush, green forests. In fact, almost half of the country’s total land area is forested. Sixty percent of these forests are found in Mindanao. Mineral resources Except for petroleum and a number of metals, mineral resources abound in Philippine soil. The country’s mineral deposits can be classified into metals and non-metals. Our metal deposits are estimated at 21.5 billion metric tons, while non-metal deposits are projected at 19.3 billion metric tons. Fishery Resources With its territorial waters measuring as much as 1.67 million square kilometers and located in the worlds fishing center, the Philippines is definitely rich in marine resources. Of the 2,400 fish species found in the country. 65 have good commercial value. Other marine products include corals , pearls , crabs and seaweeds .
Geography An island in the Indian Ocean off the southeast tip of India, Sri Lanka is about half the size of Alabama. Most of the land is flat and rolling; mountains in the south-central region rise to over 8,000 ft ( 2,438 m). Y:Sri lAnkaSri Lanka.mp4
<ul><li>Sri Lanka’s population is 21 million. </li></ul><ul><li>It comprises a spectrum of different peoples, </li></ul><ul><li>Sinhalese (74%) </li></ul><ul><li>Tamils (12.6% </li></ul><ul><li>Moor and </li></ul><ul><li>Malays (8%) </li></ul><ul><li>Burghers and others (0.4%) </li></ul>
Filipino - Sign of respect to the elderly Sri Lanka - sign of respect to others
<ul><li>The culture of the Philippines reflects the complexity of the history of the Philippines through the blending of many diverse traditional Malay heritages mixed with Spanish, American and other Asian cultures. </li></ul><ul><li>http://youtu.be/suIPo0uns5U </li></ul>
New Year Holy Week http://youtu.be/SA5YWxu6p8w http://youtu.be/k4cEwCo7Plg Holy Week is a significant religious festival in the Philippines.
<ul><li>The Philippines proudly boasts to be the only Christian nation in Asia. </li></ul><ul><li>More than 86 percent of the population is Roman Catholic </li></ul><ul><li>6 percent belong to various nationalized Christian cults, </li></ul><ul><li>2 percent belong to well over 100 Protestant denominations </li></ul><ul><li>4 percent Muslim </li></ul><ul><li>2 percent follow non-Western, indigenous beliefs and practices. </li></ul><ul><li>The Chinese minority, although statistically insignificant, has been culturally influential in coloring Filipino Catholicism with many of the beliefs and practices of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Religion in Sri Lanka </li></ul><ul><li>Sri Lanka's population practices a variety of religions. </li></ul><ul><li>70% of Sri Lankans are Theravada Buddhists, </li></ul><ul><li>15% are Hindus , </li></ul><ul><li>7.5% are Muslims and 7.5% Christians . </li></ul><ul><li>Sri Lanka was ranked the 3rd most religious country in the world by a 2008 Gallup poll , </li></ul><ul><li>Buddhism </li></ul><ul><li>Hinduism </li></ul><ul><li>Islam </li></ul><ul><li>Christianity </li></ul>
Singing romantic love songs, reciting poems, writing letters, and gift-giving. Fi lipino male suitor expresses his interest to a woman in a discreet and friendly manner in order to avoid being perceived as very "presumptuous or aggressive" or arrogant .
<ul><li>Agriculture, </li></ul><ul><li>Industry and Services </li></ul><ul><li>Tourism </li></ul>
Coron Island Boracay Island Chocolate Hills Puerto Galleria Mount Pinatubo Palawan Island Apo Island Bohol Island Maria Cristina Falls Banaue Rice Terraces
adobo Roasted Pig Spring roll Stir-fry Noodles Rice Cake Barbeque Bingka Valenciana Sinagang na baboy (tamarind soup)
Sri Lanka cuisine mainly consists of boiled or steamed rice served with curry. This usually consists of a "main curry" of fish, chicken, beef, pork or mutton (typically goat), as well as several other curries made with vegetable, lentils and even fruit curries.
National Festivals April Sinhala and Tamil New Year Celebrated by all Sinhalese and Tamils, the traditional New Year celebrations fall on between 12 to 14 April and are the celebration of Sun God's passage from Pisces to Aries. It is a harvest thanksgiving and is mainly celebrated by the villagers in true traditional style. A colourful and extravagant festival, this season is usually a holiday for the whole country.
Wesak Wesak , the most hallowed of Buddhist festivals commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha is held on the full moon day in May and the day following it. May <ul><li>August </li></ul><ul><li>Kandy Perahara </li></ul><ul><li>The Esala Perahera in Kandy is believed to be a fusion of two separate but interconnected .The Dalada Perahera is believed to have begun when the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka from India during the 4th Century AD. </li></ul>
Bacolod Mascara Festival Ati-Atihan Kalibo Sinulog Dinagyang Cebu Fiesta Street Dancing
Miss Philippines Santa Cruzan The religious procession is a re-enactment of the finding of the holy cross by Reyna Helena