What was the original name of the Philippines?
Las Islas FilipinasA Spanish explorer first named the archipelago Las Islas Filipinas (Philippine Islands) in honor of Spain’s King Philip II.
Spain ruled the Philippines for three centuries, then the U.S.
occupied it for 48 years..
What was the government before the Spaniards came?
Before the coming of Spanish colonizers, the people of the Philippine archipelago had already attained a semicommunal and semislave social system in many parts and also a feudal system in certain parts, especially in Mindanao and Sulu, where such a feudal faith as Islam had already taken roots.
What is the name of Manila before?
MayniladThe city’s name, originally Maynilad, is derived from that of the nilad plant, a flowering shrub adapted to marshy conditions, which once grew profusely along the banks of the river; the name was shortened first to Maynila and then to its present form.
When did the Spaniards arrive in the Philippines?
The Portuguese navigator and explorer Ferdinand Magellan headed the first Spanish foray to the Philippines when he made landfall on Cebu in March 1521; a short time later he met an untimely death on the nearby island of Mactan.