Philippines is bordered by the the Philippines Sea to the east, the South China Sea to the west, the Luzon Straight to the north, and the Celebes Sea to the south. Philippines is southeast of China and consists of 7,250 islands. 11 of these islands contain the vast majority of the population, while more than 700 are inhabited.


Population: 105.7 million (2013 est.)
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%)
Languages: Filipino (official; based on Tagalog) and English (official); eight major dialects - Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinan
Religions: Catholic (82.9%), Muslim (5%), Evangelical Christian (2.8%), Iglesia ni Kristo (2.3%), other Christian (4.5%), other (1.8%), unspecified (0.6%), none (0.1%)


Filipino Population:
In Canada: 436,190
In the GTA: 181,330
In the City of Toronto: 83,910

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, Ajax, Markham, City of Toronto - Scarborough municipality

Philippines was a Spanish colony from 1565 to 1898, and was ruled by USA until independence in 1946. Today, the Philippines is a democracy, and its standard of living is about average compared to the rest of the world. English is, along with Filipino, an official language. Many Filipinos in the Philippines and all over the world are fluent in English. Most Filipinos are Catholics (largely a result of hundreds of years of Spanish rule) and the Catholic Church has a lot of influence. There is separation of church and state, as well as freedom of religion in the Philippines.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services

Filipino Churches

Greenhills Christian Fellowship
305 Morrish Road
Toronto, ON 
M1C 1E9
Phone: 647-339-7159

Scarborough Family Christian Church
2525 Warden Avenue
Scarborough, ON
M1W 2L6
Phone: 416-417-0738

Faith Community Church
146 Isabella Street
Toronto, ON
M4Y 1P6
Phone: 416-656-3349

Grace Bible Church International
1530 Birchmount Road, Unit #7
Toronto, ON 
M1P 2H2
Phone: 647-531-6017

Word Became Flesh Ministries 
1180 Mid-way Boulevard, Unit 1
Mississauga, ON 
L5T 2B6
Phone: 905-565-1346

First Filipino Baptist Church Toronto
382 Lippincott Street
Toronto, ON 
M5S 2P7
Phone: 416-534-4342


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