H I S T O R Y / B A C K G R O U N D

The Philippine Islands was originally a Spanish colony in the 1500s, and was ceded to the United States in 1898 after the Spanish-American War. The Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth in 1935. The first president, Manuel Quezon, was elected to prepare the country for independence from the United States. During World War II, the islands were occupied by Japan, pushing the Filipinos to fight with American soldiers in order to regain control. After a hard-fought battle, the Philippines became independent on July 4, 1946 from the United States. After a military dictatorship led by Ferdinant Marcos ended in 1986, Corazon Aquino, became the first female in Philippine history to become president. 1992 marked a pivotal year in the history of the Philippines. It saw an election of a new president, Fidel Ramos, greater political and economic stablility, and the final closings of the United States owned air bases on the islands. In 1998, Joseph Estrada was elected president, but after a scandalous term, was succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Currently, the Philippines faces some economic hardship as a result of corrupt government officials and communist threats from Muslim insurgents.

A T T R A C T I O N S / S I T E S / I N F O R M A T I O N

Rice is the cash crop of the Philippines. It is integral to the country's agricultural economy. Below is a picture of one of the many rice terraces located in the archipelago.

The Philippine Islands are part of a large archipelago. Some islands are so small, they have a view of the ocean - no matter where you stand. Also, many of the islands are similar in geography, as seen in the pictures below.

Much of the Philippine culture is influenced by other Asian countries, especially China, Japan, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The picture below shows a Chinese Garden in Rizal National Park.

Over the past century, the Philippines has become an industrialized country. The capital, Manila, has become the largest city, population-wise. Below are views of the city from various angles.

Catholicism is the official religion of the Philippines. Many of the churches are considered historical landmarks because they have been around for over the past couple of centuries (around the time of King Philip in the 1500s). They also draw many international tourists. Below are pictures of Saint Augustin church.

 

Hope you enjoyed the site and visuals of the wonderful Philippine islands!

It's definitely a great place to visit and take a relaxing break!

 

 

 

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