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The Republic of Philippines' capital is Manila. Their currency is the Philippine Peso. One Philippine Peso is equivalent to 0.02 U.S. dollars.
The Mayon Volcano located there is famous for its perfect cone shape and more 'frequent' eruptions. The last eruption was in 2018!
Their economy is based on services, agriculture and light industry. They are also the second largest coconut producer.
The Philippines have a republic government. Their presidents are elected at 6 year terms and can't run for president again.
But the tropical climate brings nice and warm weather. The temperature mostly stays at 80 degrees Fahrenheit.Although, the humidity would do a number on your hair!
The Philippines are made up of 7,641 islands. There used to be a ton of rain forests, but -because of illegal logging- only 10% of it is left!
The U.S. also has a strong ties to their culture. We even have some military bases there still. They love our music and clothes.
Filipino culture is influenced by the Spanish because the Spanish colonized there for about 3 centuries. They were forced to have Spanish surnames and they still do.
Don't forget the other 723 other bird species! They also have 210 different mammals. Unfortunately, they have 418 threatened animal species and 97 endangered plant species.
The Philippine Eagle, native to the Philippines, are sometimes called 'Monkey-Eating Eagles', for obvious reasons. They also eat lemurs, snakes and bats. They are an endangered species.
So, who colonized the Philippines until they became independent. Also, how did they get their independence.
The Spanish was the first. They were looking to expand their empire and turn the people there to Christianity. During WWII, they sold the Philippines to the U.S. for $20 million because of the treaty.
Japan invaded in 1941, but the U.S. drove them out. The U.S. gave them independence in July 4, 1946.
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