The Philippines is a Y-shaped archipelago south of China in Southeast Asia. Its 7,100 islands have a total land area of 300,000 sq. km. It was the first republic in Asia (1898), the first to be decolonized partially by a Western colonial country (1935), and the first in Southeast Asia to be granted full independence after the Second World War (1946). Because of its strategic location it has been a bridge between the East and West, a rampart of Christianity, and a showcase of democracy in Asia.
Named after Philip II of Spain, the Philippines is a beautiful country and has been called “Pearl of the Orient”. With a fertile soil, healthy climate, rich and natural resources and fishing grounds, it is poised on the brink of an agri-business and aquaculture revolution. The chief agricultural products are rice, coconut, corn, hemp, tobacco, sugarcane and tropical fruits. It ranks first in world production of coconut oil, second in sugarcane, and fifth in tobacco. It is the greatest gold-producing country in Southeast Asia, ranks third in chromite, and has one of the world’s largest deposits of nickel, deuterium and copper.
It has the world’s longest discontinuous coastline (34,000 km.). Its forest provide one of Asia’s best supplies of timber and forest products, but forest resources have been seriously damaged by slash-and-burn farming, illegal logging, and poor management in the past.
The Filipinos are a racial mixture due to their reception of different cultures in history. Intermarriages are common, and the majority of the people have mixed blood. Aboriginal tribes populate the mountain Interiors. Most Filipinos belong to the Malay race, with a tawny complexion, black hair and black eyes.
Of the total population of 56 million, 93% are Catholics or Protestant Christians, followed by Islams and the Iglesia Ni Crito (a local sect). Thus, it is Asia’s only predominantly Christian country.
The National Language (Filipino) has become dominant, although English is still widely-used in education, commerce and communication. The Philippines has the world’s third largest English-speaking country. Spanish and Chinese (Fukien and Cantonese) are also spoken by a minority. There are 55 regional languages and 142 dialects in the country. The Filipinos take pride in their education and literacy (at 90% the highest in Southeast Asia). Their 50 colleges and universities attract tens of thousands of foreign students all over the world for courses in medicine, nursing, dentistry, etc.
The Philippines is a unique nation with four cultural heritages – Asian, European, Mexican, and American. No other nation in the world can claim to have such a varied and extensive experience with all four cultures. Thus, it is not unusual for the Filipinos to look Oriental, have a Spanish-sounding name, speak like English with an American accent and have a Latin temperament.
Filipinos are famous for their warm hospitality, friendliness to foreigners, musical and artistic talents, romanticism, deep religiosity and bravery. they are fond of music, fiestas, and politics. They have the resiliency of the bamboo and the durability of narra, its national tree. When wars and calamities come, they bend but not to break. Although colonial writers slandered them as being lazy and stupid, Filipinos can work hard and adjust to any type of work. There are overseas Filipino working or living in the West Australia, the Middle East and more affluent Asian countries.
Art / Culture
Three centuries under Spanish rule followed by 50 years of American influence has made the Philippines an Asian country unlike any other.
Through a thick layer of Spain and America, you can glimpse the Filipino soul trying to express its unique, cultural identity through creativity.
Filipino love of sosyalan (socializing), dancing and music, culminate in the province-wide street party and town talent show – the fiesta (festival).
Usually a celebration of the earth’s bounty, be ready to dance in the streets to tribal drum rhythms (listen for the Latin influence). Or simply marvel at elaborate floats blooming with the season’s harvest and the town folk’s crafty work.
From masquerades to mud fests, pilgrim processions to pageant parties, our island-style parties are open to everyone.
Naturally artistic, you can see their penchant for color and craftsmanship even outside museums and galleries. Pay attention.
Why Medicine Studies in Philippines?
- Recognized by WHO, ECFMG.
- No Entrance Test.
- No Donation.
- High quality education at economical fees.
- Medium of instruction is English.
- Follows American curriculum (MD-American System).
- Modern teaching facilities.
- Eligible for USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) Part 1 after 2nd year of MD & Part 2 after 4th year of MD.
- M.D degree is similar to MBBS degree and is recognized by Medical Council of India after passing as screening test.
- An MD holder from Philippines apart from practicing in India has the opportunity to continue his/her higher education and medical practice in USA/India.
- 1 out of every 10 graduates practicing in America is a medical graduate from Philippines
- Education gateway to countries like USA /Canada etc.
- Tropical Climate Similar to that of India and hence similar disease conditions.
- Visa Processing time 3 months.
- Tuition Fee INR 2.5 lakhs per year.
- South Indian food available.
- Rs.15,000/- to 18,000/- Per month inclusive of food & accommodation
- Total Expense of Studies – 15,66,000/- (excluding food & accomadation)
- Ac twin sharing on-campus accommodation.
- Intake – November