Religion: The Philippines is a mostly Christian nation and is the third largest Roman Catholic country. 81% of the population is Roman Catholic. The constitution separates church and state, however the Roman Catholic churches still have influence on the government.
History: The Philippines is exposed to tropical storms and is hit by many natural disasters. In 2011 a typhoon hit the Philippines. Due to mudslides and flooding, 1,200 people died. Waterborne illnesses also infected survivors. In 2012 a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit near Cebu CIty killing 20 people. In 2013 Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Philippines and is the strongest storm to ever have been recorded. Several thousand people died and millions of Filipinos were displaced.
Manila's history has seen it exposed to a variety of international influences and this has certainly played a major role in contributing to the cultural venues and museums that it now has to offer. The National Museum of the Philippines