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Welcome to the Philippines

The Philippines is renowned throughout the world for its beautiful beaches and beautiful landscapes. A growing economy and a capital quickly becoming one of ASEAN's largest business hubs, this country profile page was built for you to better understand the Philippines through scientific studies and data conducted by various prominent institutions around the world. But the cold facts are not everything you'll find here. You'll also find different historical works, and artworks (not only actual art like paintings but also music and films) that will help you (better) understand the Philippines.

Map of the Philippines

Basic Stats

Travel Safety Rating: 7/10

Targeted Groups: No groups found

General Sanitation Rating: 6/10

Food Safety Rating for Foreigners: 8/10

Tourism Infrastructure Rating: 7/10

Fluency in English Rating: 9/10

Languages Spoken: Filipino + English

These stats were collected through general studies by prominent institutions that analyzed the Philippines' tourism sector. They represent the Philippines as a whole, not certain parts of the country that are either better or worse-off. These studies were then summarized into a given rating.

About Filipino Tourism

Eight million tourists visit the Philippines each year to see a country with sandy beaches, beautiful landscapes, and to plunge into a culture that is nothing short of spectacular. Want to learn more about tourism in the Philippines. These city guide videos will help. Scroll down to learn more about the Philippines' history and culture.

Cinematic films

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History of the Philippines

Early Philippines

About 30,000 years ago, the Philippines became inhabited by humans. These humans arrived from Mainland Asia, kept close ties with China, and were mainly Muslim.

When the Spanish came...

The Philippines were claimed for Spain by Ferdinand Magellan (the first man to sail across the world) in 1521. New agriculture was brought in from all over the world to make the Philippines self-sufficient. After three centuries of colonial rule, however, an independence movement was brewing.

American Era and Filipino Independence

CSub says, "Rizal's (Rizal was an opposition leader) execution gave impetus to the revolution. Although the Filipino rebels, led by Emilio Aguinaldo, did not win complete independence, the Spanish were not able to end the rebellion. In December of 1897, negotiations with Spain resulted in the the Pact of Biak-na-Bato. All of the rebels were granted anmisty and the leaders of the revolution returned in voluntary exile to Hong Kong. While in Hong Kong, Aguinaldo and his compatriots designed what is today the Philippine national flag."

Here is where the United States comes in. The United States was already in a conflict with Spain called the Spanish-American War. The American fleet was dispatched to the Philippines (then a colony of Spain) to attack the Spanish fleet. The Americans won the war and the Philippines, along with Guam, Cuba, and Puerto Rico were ceded to the United States.

Unsure of what to do with the Philippines, the Americans established several councils to make recommendations but Filipinos were not a part of the voting process. Progress towards independence stalled during World War Two, when the Philippines was occupied by Japan. Eventually, the Allied Forces freed the Philippines of Japanese occupation and the Philippines continued to be a commonwealth of the United States before becoming an independent republic. Today, many Filipinos speak English.

Culture

Popular Filipino Songs

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