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Reach Youth Ministries Inc. seeking to minister and to address the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the underprivileged. Our core values are based on the life, teachings and example of our Lord Jesus Christ and the revelations contained in Holy Scripture. Nothing beautiful, nothing noble, ever comes into being by mere well wishing. To begin one must start with open eyes, open heart, willing hands and ready feet.
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The Filipino is basically of Malay stock with a sprinkling of Chinese, American, Spanish and Arab blood. It is hard to distinguish accurately the lines between stocks. From a long history of Western colonial rule, interspersed with the visits of merchants and traders, a people evolved with a unique blend of east and west, both in appearance and culture.

The Filipino character is actually a little bit of all the cultures put together. The hospitality, “bayanihan” or spirit of kinship and camaraderie that Filipinos are famous for is said to be taken from Malay forefathers. The close family relations are said to have been inherited from the Chinese. The piousness comes from the Spaniards who introduced Christianity in the 16th century.  The Americans taught the Filipino people English, making the  Philippines the third-largest English speaking country in the world.

The Filipinos are divided geographically and culturally into regions. Tribal communities can be found scattered across the archipelago. The major ethnic groups are:  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).

There are two official languages - Filipino (based on Tagalog) and English.  The Philippines has more than 111 dialects spoken, owing to the subdivisions of the basic regional and cultural groups. There are eight major dialects - Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinan.

The country is predominatly Roman Catholic (80.9%).  Other religions are:  Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, Aglipayan 2%, other Christian 4.5%, Muslim 5%, other 1.8% (2000 census).

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