Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, this nation of 7,641 islands boasts rare natural biodiversity across its mountains, beaches and rainforests. Colonized by Spain, gifted to America, occupied by Japan and ruled for 17 years by a military dictator, the country has learned to box its way out of challenges. Ask its favorite son — former world champion Manny Pacquiao.
Need to Know
More from Philippines
The defeat of ISIS-affiliated terrorists means the gay community now must head back to a home where they weren’t welcome before.
- Rising Stars
Stephanie Sy, founder of Thinking Machines, is using data science to help transform the Philippine economy.
- Fast Forward
Middle Eastern–style Islam is growing in Asia, with unpredictable results.
He was adored as a boxer — how will he fare as a politician who supports President Duterte?
The Philippines authoritarian-leaning president is leading a “post-American” era of strongmen in his region.
- Politics & Power
Disinformation is a real problem, but the battle can trample civil liberties.
America’s efforts to pacify the Philippines in the late 19th century turned ugly.
Explore the world with OZY.COM
This year, OZY will be bringing you untold stories from every single country on the map, one day at a time, to introduce you to new people, new trends and new places. Travel with us for sights, sounds, and surprises from across our diverse world.View Full Series