Situated on the crossroads
of Asia, on the eastern rim of the China Sea, the Philippines
has hosted voyagers, migrants and traders since the dawn of history.
Early trade with China and Japan can be traced on the archaeological
relics left behind by traders in the banks of major hubs of the
The West discovery of the Philippines in 1521
facilitated the growth of Christianity and emergence of new culture.
However, Spanish colonization did not actually began until 1565
when voyager Miguel Lopez de Legaspi established a Spanish base
in the town of Manila, the Philippines' Capital.
In 1898, the Philippines won independence after
327 years under Spanish rule, but found themselves controlled
by the Americans from 1900-1942 and the Japanese from 1942-1945.
The Americans brought over their educational and legal systems
and introduced their style of government. With the end of the
Japanese occupation in 1946, the Philippines regained democracy
as a Republic. True democracy was fully achieved by the Filipinos
after the "People Power Revolution" in 1986 which led
to the downfall of the reigning dictatorship. Still one of the
strongest democracies in Asia, the current president is Gloria