Brief Philippine History
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Brief Philippine History

10th century – The Philippines is home to The Kingdom of Tondo, one of the earliest settlements in the country.

11th century – In Sulu, trade zones open up with those from Central Vietnam.

1240 – Islam is introduced in Sulu.

1521 – Ferdinand Magellan finds the Philippines with his three ships. The first Christian mass happens.

1565 – The very first settlement of the Spaniards is established in the country by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. Catholicism was brought to the country and became the primary religion all over. It is only the Philippines, up to the present, that is predominantly Catholic in Asia.

1898 – US takes over the Philippines and frees the country from over 300 years of Spanish colonialization. Protestantism is brought to the country but most remain Catholics. US brings in education to the country and establishes schools based on existing platforms in the US. Commonwealth government is established.

1942 – Japanese forces move to the Philippines and drive American forces out. New colonial leaders take over. Commonwealth government moves to the US.

1945 – World War II ends and the Japanese finally surrenders.

1946 – The US finally gives the Philippines its independence.

1972 – Ferdinand Marcos puts the whole country under Martial Law.

1981 – With more and more support coming in for those who are anti-Martial Law, Marcos finally decides to lift such.

1986 – The EDSA Revolution becomes a success and the people’s power drives Marcos to step down from office and fly out of the country.

1996 – The 8th meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders happens in the country.

1999 – Cyber City, one of the first outsourcing facilities in the country, was set up in Clark Air Base.

2000 – President Joseph Estrada is put under hot water when the House of Representatives impeaches him.

2001 – President Joseph Estrada is now taken out of office because of the 2nd EDSA Revolution.

2008 – The global recession has had an effect on the Philippines as ten million Filipinos work overseas, including First World economies.

2011 – One of the biggest economic years for the Philippines in recent time. The BPO and call center sector grew to $11 billion and the country surpassed India as the country with the highest number of employees working in call centers.

2014 – The growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the Philippines has averaged 1.15 per cent annually since 1998. This year, the GDP expanded to 6.9% and beating expectations. It has also become the 39th largest economy in the world according to the IMF above countries like Ireland, Greece and Czech Republic.

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