Philippines – The archipelago. Population and culture- the fast developing outsourcing destination- Emerging call center industry- scope and potential-
The Republic of Philippines an archipelago in the south East Asia was a Spanish colony for more than three and a half centuries and thereafter an American colony for about 50 years. The country has 7000 and odd islands of which only 700 are inhabited. Philippines owe much to Spain and USA to its cultural bondage. The Europeans invaded the islands originally occupied by the locals and the Christianity became the major religion of the country. Though Spanish was the official language until the early seventies English took over the status during the rule by the USA and is presently taught as second language in schools.