About the Philippines

The Republic of the Philippines is a country located in Southeast Asia. It is an archipelago consisting of more than 7000 islands which is divided into three main regions: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. There are more than 100 million people making up the population of the country.

The Philippines has a long history of colonization, having first been colonized by the Spanish in 1521 and inhabited by them for the next 333 years. It was also colonized by the United States of America in 1898 where they remained for 48 years, and finally, the Japanese in 1942 up to 1945.

Because of Spanish rule, a large portion of the Filipino population has adopted Christianity as its main religion, with other portions of the population practicing Islam and indigenous folk religion. In the pre-colonial era, Filipinos believed in animism, which stems from the belief that objects, places, and creatures all possess a spirit.

Now, the Philippines boasts a diverse culture. This can be seen with the many festivals, architecture, and food amongst others. One aspect of its diversity that this website highlights is the vast array of myths, folk tales, and legends that persist throughout the entire country despite the 4 centuries of colonial rule.

A Quick Timeline


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