The Philippines' 7,100 island (more or less,
depending on the tide)
archipelago is thought to have been inhabited by humans for more than
40,000 years. There are
different theories as to the inhabitants'
Inspired by national hero
Jose Rizal among
others, The Philippines
attempted to overthrow colonial rule in 1896. However, in, 1898 as part
of its settlement of the
Spanish- American war,
held power for four decades, during which time the American
school system (in English) and political system was installed - and
those establishments essentially remain to this day.
The Second World War hit the
to a million Filipinos are thought to have been killed during the
Up to a million Filipinos are thought to have been killed during the Japanese occupation.
in 1948 the
In 1972, Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law and years of corruption and political suppression began under the Marcos regime.
1986, three years after the public assassination of Marcos' main
political rival Ninoy Aquino hundreds of thousands of protesters
Marcos brought in troops, tanks, and artillery, but as the crisis reached its peak, the majority of the armed forces withdrew their support of the president, and Marcos' reign was over.
Ninoy Aquino's widow, Corazon Aquino, was sworn in as the new president as the Marcoses were evacuated by US helicopter.
Ferdinand Marcos' wife, Imelda, became instantly
notorious for her collection of 2,700 pairs of shoes, discovered after
the Marcoses had fled.
From once being one of the most prosperous nations in
However, Filipinos are resilient to say the least.
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