In a world of constant change and sometimes tumult, this holiday season we embrace and celebrate the good in humanity. Thanks to all of you wonderful volunteers for sharing your heart and time with us, learning from other cultures, helping others stand on their own two feet. We hope you can join us on an adventure in service in 2016. Have you ever considered the Philippines?
After much planning and training, we are excited to announce our new volunteer experience in the Philippines. Our program seeks to promote “Bayanihan”, a Filipino value of working together towards sustainable community development through volunteerism.
On this program volunteers will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects; such as providing educational assistance to disabled people, repairing or constructing houses of the disabled, constructions of sanitation buildings, and working directly with reforestation efforts in the Nueva Ecija province. Women, children, and the disabled in particular, are marginalized and bear the brunt of poverty, which is why we focus our efforts towards them in the Philippines.
Volunteers will also have many opportunities to immerse themselves in the local culture and delicious cuisine of the region. From swimming in the pristine river of the Minlungao National Park to cultural sharing with local tribes, volunteers have the opportunity to surround themselves with all of the natural and cultural treasures the Philippines has to offer.
Our inaugural trip to the Philippines will start on April 16, 2016 – Sign up today
A short history of the PhilippinesThe Philippines was named in honor of King Philip II of Spain. Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos during his expedition in 1542 named the islands of Leyte and Samar Felipinas after the then Prince of Asturias. Eventually the name Las Islas Filipinas would be used to cover all the islands of the archipelago. Before that became commonplace, other names such as Islas del Poniente (Islands of the West) and Magellan's name for the islands San Lázaro were also used by the Spanish to refer to the islands.
The official name of the Philippines has changed several times in the course of the country's history. During the Philippine Revolution, the Malolos Congress proclaimed the establishment of the República Filipina or the Philippine Republic. From the period of the Spanish–American War (1898) and the Philippine–American War (1899–1902) until the Commonwealth period (1935–46), American colonial authorities referred to the country as the Philippine Islands, a translation of the Spanish name. From the 1898 Treaty of Paris, the name Philippines began to appear and it has since become the country's common name. Since the end of World War II, the official name of the country has been the Republic of the Philippines.
MorconWant to try your hand at a Filipino holiday treat? Check out this recipe for Morcon:
Prep time: 60 mins
Cook time: 60 mins
Total time: 2 hours
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