Monday, January 7, 2008

Brief History of my native Land FILIPINAS

This is my version of the history of the Philippine Island. What if the history books tell us lies? Totoo kaya yan? Anyway, just short brief lang to ha? Do you have things to tell about Philippines? Philippines got many things to offer but giving you all and elaborate in my blog, am pretty sure that you'll get bored reading, therefore, this is just too short to lessen the interest reading boredom!

*press the map to see a bigger picture. I came from south! Mindanao island (Davao)
The Portuguese discovery of the Philippines in 1521 facilitated the growth of Christianity and emrging the new culture. However, Spanish colonization did not actually began until 1565 when voyager 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 dictators.

The People

The Filipino is basically of Malay stock with a mixes of Chinese, American, Spanish and Arab blood. The Philippines has a population of 76.5 million, and it is hard to distinguish accurately the lines between stocks.
The Filipino character is actually a little bit of all the cultures put together. The bayanihan or spirit of kinship & filipinos are famous for is said to be taken from Malay forefathers. The close family relations are said to have been inherited from the Chinese while Spaniards introduces christianity.

Filipinos are probably one of the few, if not the only, English-proficient Oriental people today. Pilipino is the official national language, with English considered as the country's unofficial one.


Some 83% of Filipinos are Catholic. About 5% are Moslem. The rest are made up of smaller Christian denominations and Buddhist.

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