Teaching Students About the Location of the Philippines
As educators, one of our primary responsibilities is to teach students about the world and the different countries that make it up. One country that is often overlooked is the Philippines. Despite being a beautiful and culturally rich country, many students do not know where it is located or much about its history and customs. As such, it is essential that we include teaching about the Philippines in our lessons to broaden our students’ understanding of the world.
The Philippines is an island country located in Southeast Asia, in the Western Pacific Ocean. It is made up of over 7,000 islands, with its capital, Manila, located on the island of Luzon. The country is surrounded by water, with the South China Sea to the west, the Philippine Sea to the east, and the Celebes Sea to the south. The country is also in a location that makes it prone to natural disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
The history of the Philippines is rich and diverse, ranging from the pre-colonial period, through Spanish colonialism, American occupation, Japanese invasion, and, finally, independence. The country’s indigenous people, the Aeta, have a rich culture and remain to be a significant part of Philippine society. The Spanish occupation brought Christianity to the country, and as such, Catholicism is the country’s most widely practiced religion. The American occupation, on the other hand, brought English, which has remained one of the country’s official languages.
The Philippines’ culture is diverse, with significant influences from indigenous, Hispanic, American, and Asian cultures. The country’s various regional cultures and traditions include music, dance, food, and art. Some of the most popular Philippine cultural traditions include the Sinulog and Ati-Atihan festivals, the Maranao dance, and the Tagalog folk song Kundiman.
Teaching students about the Philippines’ location and rich cultural heritage is essential in fostering global awareness and understanding. By educating students about the Philippines, we help them gain a greater appreciation for the country’s diversity and significance in the global community. Integrating lessons about the Philippines into our curriculum can be as simple as showing students where it is on a map, or as in-depth as delving into the country’s history, customs, and traditions.