- an archipelago of 7083 islands in the Pacific, SE of China: formerly (1898–1946) under the guardianship of the U.S.; now an independent republic. 114,830 sq. mi. (297,410 sq. km). Capital: Manila.
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After two years in the Philippines, he returned and they married, moving ‘back east’ to Iowa, and then to Kansas City.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
She probably saw more carnage on the runway than Dad did in New Guinea and the Philippines.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?
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June 8, 2014
He was, in fact, the very first person to text me after he heard of the devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines.Life as an Undocumented Immigrant
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In the Philippines, during Apocalypse, Brando had an earphone thing where they fed him lines.Robert Duvall on His Storied Career, His New Movie, and Why He’s Ditching the GOP
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Of the vast natural resources of the Philippines there can be no question.Where Half The World Is Waking Up
What is good for America is not necessarily good for the Philippines.
It was Easter week, and on this shore the first Mass was celebrated in the Philippines.
As at the present day agriculture in the Philippines does not yield 30 per cent.
The hemp-tree in the Philippines reaches an average height of 10 feet.
- Republic of the Philippines (functioning as singular) a republic in SE Asia, occupying an archipelago of about 7100 islands (including Luzon, Mindanao, Samar, and Negros): became a Spanish colony in 1571 but ceded to the US in 1898 after the Spanish-American War; gained independence in 1946. The islands are generally mountainous and volcanic. Official languages: Filipino, based on Tagalog, and English. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: peso. Capital: Manila. Pop: 105 720 644 (2013 est). Area: 300 076 sq km (115 860 sq miles)Related word: Filipino
Word Origin and History for philippines
from Spanish Islas Filipinas, literally "the islands of Philip," named for Philip II, king of Spain. Related: Philippine.