The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an island archipelago with more than 7,100 islands and is located in southeastern Asia. Top industries include wood products, electronics assembly, fishing, and garments. Among the most common agricultural products are rice, corn, bananas, mangoes, and sugarcane. The country’s topography is beautiful and unique, from coastal strips and lowlands to plains and volcanic mountain masses.
As of 2015, the population of the Philippines was more than 100 million, according to the World Bank. The primary religions practiced are Roman Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, and Buddhist. The official languages of the Philippines are Filipino, English, and eight major dialects. There are more than 41 million people in the labor force, and the industrial production growth rate was 6 percent as of 2015. The unemployment rate has been decreasing recently, but it is high, and about 25 percent of the population is experiencing poverty.
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From the Philippines: Meet the Artisan
Acacia Creations is a fair trade studio based in Nairobi, Kenya that creates beautiful, eco-friendly jewelry, gifts, and home accents. The group has expanded its reach beyond Kenya, partnering with thousands of artisans in East Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, India, and the Philippines. Acacia Creations aims to help people in a sustainable manner, including by creating jobs, providing training, and giving back to communities through education and healthcare initiatives.