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    Philippines is the only Asian country that is western in culture (language, religion, etc.). In other words, it's the only Asian country that embraces values of its colonizers from the west. It should really join Guam, Papua and New Guinea, and all the Pacific nations in Oceania.

    A lot of S.E. Asian countries were formerly colonized by Europe. I googled some figures:

    Percentage of people who can speak French in Cambodia? 3%
    Percentage of people who can speak Portuguese in Macao? 5%
    Percentage of people who can speak Dutch in Indonesia? <1%
    Percentage of people who can speak English in Philippines? 94%

    Of course, English is more dominant than other European languages nowadays so the comparison isn't totally fair. Hong Kong and Singapore probably have similar English proficiency rates, but these are city-states with high literacy rates, while Philippines is >50% rural in population. India, for example, has only 10% of people who can speak English.

    Let's look at religion: Philippines is the only Asian country where more than half of the population believes in Jesus Christ. In fact, over 90% of the population does. This is typical of the Oceania countries, but unique in Asia. Although Christian missionaries went to every single Asian country, they did not have nearly as much success in Vietnam (Confucianism), Burma (Buddhism), or Malaysia (Islam), where "Asian" beliefs are deep-rooted. Too lazy to check, but I don't think these countries have >10% Christians. On the other hand, most Pacific islanders are Christians if I'm not mistaken.

    Just a thought. Correct me if I said anything wrong.
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    Also, I notice that the Philippines has a lot of single moms. This is to my knowledge incredibly rare in most Asian countries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sinobball View Post
    Philippines is the only Asian country that is western in culture (language, religion, etc.). In other words, it's the only Asian country that embraces values of its colonizers from the west. It should really join Guam, Papua and New Guinea, and all the Pacific nations in Oceania.

    A lot of S.E. Asian countries were formerly colonized by Europe. I googled some figures:

    Percentage of people who can speak French in Cambodia? 3%
    Percentage of people who can speak Portuguese in Macao? 5%
    Percentage of people who can speak Dutch in Indonesia? <1%
    Percentage of people who can speak English in Philippines? 94%

    Of course, English is more dominant than other European languages nowadays so the comparison isn't totally fair. Hong Kong and Singapore probably have similar English proficiency rates, but these are city-states with high literacy rates, while Philippines is >50% rural in population. India, for example, has only 10% of people who can speak English.

    Let's look at religion: Philippines is the only Asian country where more than half of the population believes in Jesus Christ. In fact, over 90% of the population does. This is typical of the Oceania countries, but unique in Asia. Although Christian missionaries went to every single Asian country, they did not have nearly as much success in Vietnam (Confucianism), Burma (Buddhism), or Malaysia (Islam), where "Asian" beliefs are deep-rooted. Too lazy to check, but I don't think these countries have >10% Christians. On the other hand, most Pacific islanders are Christians if I'm not mistaken.

    Just a thought. Correct me if I said anything wrong.
    We are Asian. History just messed us up. There is a sayin, the Philippines was 400 years in a convent and 48 years in Hollywood.That's almost 500 years of brain washing. The Spanish and Americans forced fed Christianity and Education.The Europeans that colonized the other asian nations made the locals as subjects while the Spanish and Americans assimilated themselves. Since the US have zero in common with the Philippines , they used education as their weapon and english language with it. The "democratic?" Americans are so wary of being called imperialist that they made every Filipino US citizens til 1946.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sinobball View Post
    Also, I notice that the Philippines has a lot of single moms. This is to my knowledge incredibly rare in most Asian countries.
    This is actually true. But this is mostly because divorce is illegal in the country. Popular case in point is Gilas PG Jayson Castro using his father's surname(William) in FIBA competitions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinobball View Post
    Philippines is the only Asian country that is western in culture (language, religion, etc.). In other words, it's the only Asian country that embraces values of its colonizers from the west. It should really join Guam, Papua and New Guinea, and all the Pacific nations in Oceania.

    A lot of S.E. Asian countries were formerly colonized by Europe. I googled some figures:

    Percentage of people who can speak French in Cambodia? 3%
    Percentage of people who can speak Portuguese in Macao? 5%
    Percentage of people who can speak Dutch in Indonesia? <1%
    Percentage of people who can speak English in Philippines? 94%

    Of course, English is more dominant than other European languages nowadays so the comparison isn't totally fair. Hong Kong and Singapore probably have similar English proficiency rates, but these are city-states with high literacy rates, while Philippines is >50% rural in population. India, for example, has only 10% of people who can speak English.

    Let's look at religion: Philippines is the only Asian country where more than half of the population believes in Jesus Christ. In fact, over 90% of the population does. This is typical of the Oceania countries, but unique in Asia. Although Christian missionaries went to every single Asian country, they did not have nearly as much success in Vietnam (Confucianism), Burma (Buddhism), or Malaysia (Islam), where "Asian" beliefs are deep-rooted. Too lazy to check, but I don't think these countries have >10% Christians. On the other hand, most Pacific islanders are Christians if I'm not mistaken.

    Just a thought. Correct me if I said anything wrong.
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