Medel Barrera

The BARRERA Family
The Barreras

Miguel,    Naomi,    Pastor Medel,       Nelita,               Nerisa

 Support Address :
HELP Ministries
1118 N. Parsons Avenue,
Brandon, FL 33510 — 813-654-1023

Gardenia Valley, Molino Bacoor,Cavite, PHILIPPINES
Phone: 011-63-916-555-4723

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Phil Frasier

The FRASIER Family
The Frasiers

 Phone: (850) 385-3276      E-mail:


 Baptist International Missions, Inc.:
P.O. Box 9215, Chattanooga, TN 37412 — (423)-344-5050

About the Philippines*   

  • Background:

    The Philippine Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century; they were ceded to the US in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. In 1935 the Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth. Manuel QUEZON was elected President and was tasked with preparing the country for independence after a 10-year transition. In 1942 the islands fell under Japanese occupation during WWII, and US forces and Filipinos fought together during 1944-45 to regain control. On 4 July 1946 the Philippines attained their independence. The 20-year rule of Ferdinand MARCOS ended in 1986, when a widespread popular rebellion forced him into exile and installed Corazon AQUINO as president. Her presidency was hampered by several coup attempts, which prevented a return to full political stability and economic development. Fidel RAMOS was elected president in 1992 and his administration was marked by greater stability and progress on economic reforms. In 1992, the US closed its last military bases on the islands. Joseph ESTRADA was elected president in 1998, but was succeeded by his vice-president, Gloria MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, in January 2001 after ESTRADA's stormy impeachment trial on corruption charges broke down and widespread demonstrations led to his ouster. MACAPAGAL-ARROYO was elected to a six-year term in May 2004. The Philippine Government faces threats from armed communist insurgencies and from Muslim separatists in the south.

  • Location:

    Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam.

  • Natural Resources:

    timber, petroleum, nickel, cobalt, silver, gold, salt, copper

  • Natural Hazards:

    Astride typhoon belt, usually affected by 15 and struck by five to six cyclonic storms per year; landslides; active volcanoes; destructive earthquakes; tsunamis.

  • Area - comparative:

    Slightly larger than Arizona.

  • Government Type; Capital; & Population:

    Republic — Manila — 89,468,677 (July 2006 est.)

  • Independence:

    12 June 1898 (from Spain)

  • Ethnic groups:

    Tagalog 28.1%, Cebuano 13.1%, Ilocano 9%, Bisaya/Binisaya 7.6%, Hiligaynon Ilonggo 7.5%, Bikol 6%, Waray 3.4%, other 25.3% (2000 census).

  • Religions:

    Roman Catholic 80.9%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, Aglipayan 2%, other Christian 4.5%, Muslim 5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1% (2000 census).

  • Disputes - International:

    Philippines claims sovereignty over certain of the Spratly Islands, known locally as the Kalayaan (Freedom) Islands, also claimed by China, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam; the 2002 "Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea," has eased tensions in the Spratly Islands but falls short of a legally binding "code of conduct" desired by several of the disputants; in March 2005, the national oil companies of China, the Philippines, and Vietnam signed a joint accord to conduct marine seismic activities in the Spratly Islands; Philippines retains a dormant claim to Malaysia's Sabah State in northern Borneo based on the Sultanate of Sulu's granting the Philippines Government power of attorney to pursue a sovereignty claim on his behalf.

* Based on CIA-The World Factbook