Outside the urbanised areas, many communities have managed to keep alive their traditional spiritual and social practices.
In the course of researching material for this paper, two aspects stand out for comment: One, is the vast amount of material written by and about the situation of Filipino women at home and abroad.
Some of what we present here may seem to be outside the scope of this forums topic of sexual violence.
In the context of the Philippines, however, it would be an incomplete picture if we did not connect sexual violence with the related issues of sexuality, abortion, no divorce law, the double standard in marital infidelity, the death penalty, migration, the world wide web of exploitation, and the feminist movements response.
Womens Health and the Law was prepared and published in 1997 for SIBOL by the Womens Legal Bureau, Inc., (Philippines).
The second, is that the violence suffered by the majority of women throughout the world, while having their own specific forms, is painfully similar and oftentimes exactly the same.
 In Changing Lenses, their recent publication on women and media in ten countries across the Asia-Pacific region, Isis confirms that in the Philippines violence against women remains a deeply-rooted problem in society.
The 1995 fourth periodic report for the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) showed that from December 1992 to November 1995, "cases of rape and other incidences of violence against women have been increasing but only a small number of offenders are apprehended and convicted."  In this paper we quote at length from the book Womens Health and the Law, an excellent resource on legislation, policy and programs related to womens health in the Philippines which is written in accessible language despite the necessity of legal references.
They also demonstrate adaptability because as well as being womens garments they are also used for carrying babies and goods, wall decorations, coverlets and sleeping bag, etc.
You may be surprised to learn that Filipinos speak many languages and dialects; 186 according to one ethnolinguistic research.