An Easy Peasy History of the Philippines!

An Easy Peasy History of the Philippines!

An Easy Peasy History of the Philippines
The Philippines! Birthplace of boxer Manny Pacquiao and The
Black Eyed Peas member Home of binturongs (they smell like popcorn! Really!), over 30 volcanoes, and delicious,
delicious foods (Seafood! Fresh fruit! Cheap alcohol!) Did we mention the banana ketchup? YUP. That is a real thing in the Philippines. If you think all of that sounds pretty great,
well, we’re here to tell you that it really is that great! But how did the Philippines become the Philippines
of beautiful culture and wonderful foods? A place where tourists can see volcanoes and
whale sharks? Easy Peasy! Let’s look at some history and figure it
out! The Philippines is an archipelagic county,
which means it’s made up of a lot of little islands. Almost 8,000 islands to be exact! That’s a ton of islands! But actually, only 2,000 are inhabited. In fact, over 2,500 of them are not even named. And more are being discovered every day! Around 25,000 years ago an indigenous people
of dark complexion, called Negritos, traveled from a land bridge in Asia over to the islands
of the Philippines. Easy Peasy! The Negritos would be considered the first
people to inhabit the Philippines. There is some archeologic evidence that there
may have been people on the islands many thousands of years before then, but it’s still a bit
up in the air. In 3,000 BCE waves of Indonesians traveled
by sea and landed in the Philippines. And in 200 BCE the first Malayan settlers
arrived from south China. Modern Filipino culture was heavily influenced
by the Malays, and many Filipino peoples have grown out of intermarriages between Malay
and indigenous peoples. In the 1300s AD, the Philippines began trading
extensively with India, Indonesia, China, and Japan. Arab traders from Indonesia introduced Islam
to the Filipinos. In 1521 Portugese explorer Ferdinand Magellan
would be the first European to discover the islands. Of course, the islands had already been discovered
many times before by many different peoples but, well, that was kind of how the cookie
crumbled back in the day. Magellan named the islands the Archipelago
of San Lazaro. Easy Peasy, right? Wrong. Unfortunately for Magellan he sailed to the
island of Cebu and Christianized the local king, or rajah. But a chieftain of the island of Mactan rebelled
against Cebu. Chieftain Lapu Lapu (cool name!) took 2,000
men and defeated 48 armored Spaniards. Magellan died in the fight, six weeks after
he had “discovered” the Philippines. Tough luck, Magellan. But don’t worry, there’s a white Obelisk
marking the spot where Magellan was killed. Not bad! In 1542 a Spanish expedition led by Ruy Lopez
de Villalobos claimed the islands for Spain and named them the Philippines after Prince
Philip. Prince Philip would go on to become King Philip
II of Spain and the Philippines became part of the Spanish Empire. In 1872 three Filipino priests were executed
by the Spanish Colonizers. The crime? Their supposed complicity during an uprising
of Filipino workers at a naval yard. The priests, Gomez, Burgos, and Zamora, (referred
to as Gomburza, one of the earliest name portmanteaus. Bennifer and Brangelina have nothing on these
guys!) became martyrs and helped to inspire the beginnings of Philippine nationalism. In 1886 Filipino doctor, poet, author, and
nationalist José Rizal wrote a famous novel Noli me tangere (The Lost Eden) which was
a diatribe against Spanish administration and the religious orders in the Philippines. Easy Peasy! Because of this, he was exiled from the Philippines. In 1896, while on the way to Cuba to serve
as a doctor, Rizal was forced to return to Manila. Once there he was arrested for revolution,
tried, and sentenced to death by a firing squad. His execution set the country aflame, causing
a revolution to break out. But when the Treaty of Paris ended the Spanish
American War in 1899, the Spanish ceded the Philippines to America. The Filipinos were not down with this, though,
and they declared independence and began a guerilla war effort against the US. In 1902 the insurrection ended after the American
governor of the Philippines, William Taft (yes, the Taft that would on day be the 27th
president of the USA) improved economic conditions, settled disputes over land ownership, and
allowed Filipinos to study in the U.S. which helped modernize the country. Easy Peasy! Thirty years later, in 1934, the US promised
Philippine independence, to be effective in 1946, allowing plenty of time to for this
transition to take place. A year later the Filipino people approved
a constitution, created the Commonwealth of the Philippines, and named Manuel Quezon y
Molina as president. But in 1941 the Japanese invaded, because
not even the Philippines could avoid WWII. The Japanese defeated General Douglas MacArthur
and President Quezon was forced to establish a government in exile. Three years later Quezon died, but Vice President
Sergio Osmeña took over as president. And General MacArthur reinvaded the Philippines. Easy Peasy! MacArthur liberated Manila! Great job! And then President Osmeña established the
government once more. And finally, in 1946, just like the US promised,
the Philippines became an independent nation. Manuel Roxas y Acuña was elected the first
president of the new independent nation. Today the Philippines is known for its rich
biodiversity, rainforests, beaches, mountains and as a great place for tourism. It produces and exports more coconuts than
any other country in the world. (delicious!) More than 90% of Filipinos speak English and
many are multilingual. In fact, the Philippines is the 5th largest
English-speaking nation! Easy Peasy! The Philippines is the top supplier of nurses
in the world. Thank you so much, nurses, for helping us
to heal when we’re sick. And Filipinos love basketball, boxing,
Tourists can visit volcanoes (some of them are still active!) the Puerto Princesa Underground
River, the Chocolate Hills, the Banaue Rice Terraces, or the beautiful beaches of the
island of Boracay. Great job, Philippines! If you loved learning about the history of
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100 thoughts on “An Easy Peasy History of the Philippines!

  1. well, it explains why we have high ratings of trust in America according to our social survey. It is engraved to us in our genes since they had helped our ancestors free our country and help us build our nation. Although there might be time in the future that a conflict will arise(hoping it will not happen), but deep down in us we have this gut feeling of trust with them.

  2. Jose rizal's Books: Noli me Tangereand el filibusterismo
    Jose Ma: Or Jomapa
    Antonio Luna:Pormist,soldier and the one who started La Indepencia or Independence day
    Graciano Lopez:or Aka Diego Lara writer and Kindest of nananampalataya at first War and man La solaridad -Fray Botod
    Marcelo H Del Pilar:Person who made tagalog,priest and tukusan Aka Pimomidad

  3. but sometimes Filipinos Like Me always throw TRASH! Every were so
    our country is like…. getting pollution's and mountain's of trash and our
    canal is full of trash not like the america there canal's and clean
    but ours is not…

  4. Hehehe the "NOLI MI TANGERE " is actually translated in English as "TOUCH ME NOT" and in Filipino as … "WAG MO AKONG HAWAKAN" its a lecture in grade 9 Filipino subject

  5. What if we are still part of the US and become its 51st State. What would happen to us? Are we like them? Rich? Developed? Moderned?

  6. Nolimetanje lol its noli meťângheŕe
    Not sure if thats the spelling its pronounced noli metanghere idk correct me if im wrong

  7. im a filipino sooo
    lapu lapu just dont want to own our country thats how the war began at ours lapu lapu is our first heroes in the philippines (real ones) but when lapu lapu died there are some exchanges of heroes jose rizal is our second hero he makes lits of poems like noli me tangere and filibusterismo

  8. Pinoy Ka Ba?
    Are you a filipino?

    Pwede bang maglike ka kung Pilipino ka?
    Is it okay for you to like if ur a filipino?
    Kung Hindi, Okay lang yan
    If you are not its okay



  9. I have a trivia for you mr.easy peasy, lapu lapu is a fictional character just to symbolize that we filipinos are brave and always ready to protect our country take a look at it hahaha

  10. the origin about the filipinos is inaccurate in this video, no biggie, I just hope you can edit that part and correct it, or even make a whole video about it?

  11. So i dont know if my grammar is correct so sorry

    There was a revolution in philippines years ago. Spain vs Philippines. The filipinos became slaves. And KILUSANG PROPAGANDA was made. Kilusang propaganda is a group of ilustrados. ( The Ilustrados constituted the Filipino educated class during the Spanish colonial.) Kilusang Propaganda is a group of filipinos who seek for freedoms. They seek our freedom by writing novels,painting,etc. Jose Rizal is a memeber of Kilusang Propaganda. And because of Jose Rizals death Katipunan was made,katipunan is a group of normal filipinos that also seek for freedom. And they seek for freedom phisically. They killed some spanish. And the Father of Katipunan is Andres Bonifacio,and Apolinario Mabini is the brain of revolution or himagsikan,and Emilio Jacinto is the brain of Katipunan. Its a secret group,and…………

  12. That’s not how it go’s the first Filipinos are Lapu-Lapu and his group and that’s how it started and I’m Filipino

  13. I’m from the Philippines and wait… I’m just like 10 years and we already learned about negritos and the others, yet I’m still confused

    Edit: I’m also from Cebu and for some reason it ain’t the capital of the Philippines… it was Manila =(. I STILL DON’T GET WHY?!

  14. Wait that picture is one of my AP book btw im filipino i mean i have alot of AP books from elementary but now im first year of high school oh wait the picture is 3:30 (sorry nalang hndi ko alam yung english ng AP pero yung meaning yun ay "Araling Panlipunan" )

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