English is the official language in the Philippines,
alongside the national language Filipino. It is estimated that
around 65% of the 76 million population know English (McArthur
1992). The command of English varies from individual to
individual, from superficial knowledge to near-native
proficiency. Philippine English is very widely used in such
domains as government, law, education, newspapers, electronic
media, music, entertainment, and Philippine literature.
Population: 76.5 million.
Bautista, M.L.S. (ed.) (1997) English is an
Asian Language: The Philippine Context. Manila: The
Gonzalez, A. (1985) Studies on Philippine
English. Occasional paper 39, SEAMEO Regional Language