Video Creator: Chloe Lyman


Cebu is one of the largest and most populated of the 7,000 islands in the Philippines. This tropical island is truly spectacular with its stunning mountains and beautiful beaches.

The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the Philippines is the world's 5th largest country. With a population of approximately 100 million, multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the Filipino Islands.  


The Philippines has seen low to moderate economic growth for the past 40 years and struggles to reduce poverty. With increased population rates, low economic growth, a weak agricultural sector and high rates of inequality, the Philippines suffers from significant food insecurity, low access to sanitation facilities, and natural disasters. 

Nearly half of children in the Philippines suffer from malnutrition, and family and maternal health is a significant factor in persistent Filipino poverty. Additionally, children in the Philippines often lack access to educational opportunities. According to Unicef, the number of Filipino children who are currently out school is at least 2.8 million. 



You've probably seen the famous Chocolate Hills of the Philippines in pictures, and now you get to see them in real life! You'll also zipline, go on a river cruise, snorkel off the island of Bohol, and see the Tarsier monkeys (the smallest monkeys in the world) only found in the Philippines. But your adventures won't end there! You’ll be heading to Oslob during your second weekend to snorkel with whale sharks.

This is one of the only places in the world to have that experience! 



You will serve in the beautiful Cebu Temple, the second temple built in the Philippines. Fun fact: during an earthquake in 2013 the Angel Moroni atop the temple turned 90 degrees, but has since been turned back to face East.




The entire landmass of the Philippines is made up of islands. In fact, they have approximately 7,500 islands with only 2,000 of them inhabited and nearly 5,000 still unnamed on global maps. The Philippines are named after King Philip II of Spain.

It’s estimated that Filipinos send about 400 million text messages every day, adding up to about 142 billion texts per year, earning them the title of “the texting capital of the world.” The Philippines is the world’s largest exporter of coconuts and tropical fruits, such as papaya and mangosteen. There are approximately 175 languages spoken in the Philippines.


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