- The Philippines is a country in Southeast Asia in the Southwestern Pacific that consists of an archipelago made up of more than 7000 islands.
An example of the Philippines is a Southeast Asian country with islands including Luzon, Mindanao, Mindoro, Leyte, Samar, Negros, and Panay.
Philippines definition by Webster's New World
Philippines definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Philˈip·pineˌ adjective
Philippines - Cultural Definition
Republic in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, comprising over seven thousand islands. Its capital and largest city is Manila.
- The Spanish held control of the islands until 1898, when they were transferred to the United States after the Spanish-American War.
- Named for Philip II, king of Spain during the sixteenth century.
- Occupied by the Japanese during World War II, the islands were liberated by Allied troops under General Douglas MacArthur.
- Although Philippine independence had long been an important political issue, the country did not gain full independence until 1946.
- The country was under the virtual dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos from 1965 until 1986, when he was forced into exile in the United States.
- It continues to be plagued by allegations of corruption in high places and by a Muslim insurgency.