Also Known As: Pilipino (Filipino/Philipino)
Language Family: Western subfamily Malayo-Polynesian language family (also called Austronesian languages)
Official Language of Philippines; predominate language of Metro Manila and Luzon; also spoken in Bulacan, Batangas, Rizal, Laguna, Quezon, Cavite, Mindoro, Marinduque, some parts of Nueva Ecija, and Puerto Princesa.
Related Languages: Strong Spanish and English influence on vocabulary but syntax, grammar of original preserved.

Professional Associations/Organizations

Centers and Associations for Southeast Asian Studies
An extensive list of academic centers and professional associations provided by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at Northern Illinois University.

Mega Resource Sites

WWW Virtual Library - Philippines
Large collection of links related to Philippines from this megasite.

Library of Congress Portals to the World - Philippines
Links to electronic resources selected by Library of Congress subject experts. Site is very conservative and somewhat disappointing in its offerings.

Yahoo! Regional Studies - Philippines
Extensive list of links for Arts and Sciences, Government, Language, Culture, etc.

Yehey - Philippine Search Engine
Describes itself as No. 1 Philippine search engine. Searchable directory with news, jobs, clubs, and more.

Official Government Portal of the Republic of the Philippines
The official website for Philippine government with links to information about Agriculture, Defense, Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Foreign Affairs, Health, Justice, Labor & Welfare, Technology, etc.

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Online Language Materials/Tutorials

Tagalog Lessons
Includes: Introduction to Thematic Activities, Beginning Tagalog Lessons, Intermediate Thematic Lessons, and Intermediate Grammar Lessons. A very impressive site!

Tagalog 101
Subtitled "Tagalog for Beginners," headings include: The Tagalog Language,
Pilipino: The National Language, General words and phrases; Lesson titles: On the road, The good life, Downtown, Health and Fitness, Around town, Specific needs, Emergencies. Also: English-Tagalog Dictionary, Appendix

Tagalog: Interactive Language and Filipino Culture Resources
Produced at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, this extensive site includes: Table of Tagalog Verbs, Filipino Folk Beliefs, Tagalog Terminologies, Online Dictionaries, Vocabulary Lessons, Culture Essays, Bibliographic Sources, and more.

Languages on the Web: Pilipino/Tagalog
An extensive listing of Internet resources.

Online Dictionaries

Tagalog Dictionary
Requires Subject Matter Expert (SME) for evaluation

English-Tagalog, Tagalog-English Online Dictionary
Requires SME for evaluation

English-Tagalog, Tagalog-English Dictionary and Course
Requires SME for evaluation

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Country Studies/Culture Sites

Philippines - A Country Study
Exceptionally detailed presentation from the Library of Congress. Includes sections on: Geography, Society, Economy, Government and Politics, Very detailed History and Historical Development, Contemporary Trends, etc.

U.S. Department of State Background Notes - Philippines
Background Notes are updated/revised as they are received from regional bureaus and are added to the database of the Department of State web site. Categories include: Geography, People, History, Government, Political Conditions, Economy, Defense, Foreign Relations, US Relations, and Travel/Business.

CIA: The World Factbook 2002 - Philippines
Good resource site for information on Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications, Transportation, Military, and Transnational Issues.

BBC News Country Profiles - Philippines
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries; also biographic sketches of leaders, essay on media, and historic timelines. They also include audio and video clips from the BBC archives.

Political Resources on the Net - Republic of the Philippines
Listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media and more from all around the world.

Country Watch - The Philippines
Excellent information on homepage but to get greater details you must register

United Nations Homepage
Includes links to UN NewsCenter, which includes headlines in latest developments in Peace and Security, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid/Refugees, Environment/Shelter, Human Rights, Women/Children/Population, Health/Poverty/Food Security, Culture/Education.

International Monetary Fund - Philippines
Latest developments in Peace and Security, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid/Refugees, Environment/Shelter, Human Rights, Women/Children/Population, Health/Poverty/Food Security, Culture/Education.

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The World Bank Group
This site is undergoing construction problems; however preset links to WBG Search - Philippines and Philippines at a Glance function.

The World Trade Organization
"The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world's trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business." Includes detailed information on Members and Observers - Philippines (Member).

World Health Organization - Philippines
About WHO" "The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

"International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - Philippines
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organisation, with 178 member National Societies."

Amnesty International - Philippines
Amnesty International is a champion defender of human rights worldwide. Familiarity with a given country's human rights issues can provide a unique insight into many other aspects of its culture and politics.

Human Rights Watch - The Philippines
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. The "Info by Countries" link on the homepage provides index to individual countries where the organization finds abuses
.U.S. Commercial Service - Philippines
" The Country Commercial Guides (CCG) are prepared by US Embassy Staff once a year and contain information on the
business and economic situation of foreign countries and the political climate as it affects U.S. business

Foreign Government Resources on the Web - Philippines
Links to Foreign Government Web Sites from the Documents Center, University of Michigan
.TradePort Country Library - Philippines
From About: "TradePort is designed to be an easy-to-use tool offering one place to go for comprehensive trade information,
trade leads, and company databases
.Energy Information Administration Country Analysis Briefs - Philippines
From About: "The Energy Information Administration (EIA), created by Congress in 1977, the a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. We provide policy-independent data, forecasts, and analysis to promote sound policy making efficient markets and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and environment."

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USAID - Philippines
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) "is an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States."

Lonely Planet World Guide - The Philippines
The people at Lonely Planet are not your typical travel guides. They're bright and on top of situations in the countries they write about. A lot can be learned from them. Typical headings include: Introduction, Facts for the Traveler, When to Go, Events, Money and Costs, Attractions, Off the Beaten Track, Activities, History, Culture, Environment, Getting There and Away, Getting Around, and Further Reading and Related Weblinks.

Media Sites

Philippine Newspapers Online
Requires SME for evaluation

Kidon Media Links -- Philippines
Requires SME for evaluation

Google News -- The Philippines
Latest news headlines in English from a variety of news sources.

TVRadioWorld - Philippines
About: "TvRadioWorld is an informational directory dealing with radio and television broadcasters worldwide." Site allows you to bookmark favorite radio stations for listening.

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