Location: Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam
Capital City: Manila
Government: Presidential Republic
Population: 100,998,376 (July 2015 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% (2000 census)
Religion: Catholic 82.9% (Roman Catholic 80.9%, Aglipayan 2%), Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1% (2000 census)
Language: Filipino (official; based on Tagalog) and English (official); eight major dialects - Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinan
GDP Per Capita: $7,300 (2015 est.)
[The World Factbook]



Ashley Pell has been serving full-time in the Philippines since 2009. She is partnered with a Filipino couple, David and Christine Mayyam. Together, they established Northgate Ministries. Northgate serves as a support ministry to the church, training worshipers, raising up leaders, and reaching out to the unreached in the remote mountains of the northern Philippines. To learn more, watch this video about their ministry.