A) Asia's banana republic(alt coconut)
B) 2nd largest archipelago in the world
C) a true melting pot of Asian,Hispanic and American cultures/values/genes!!!!
A-1945-Highest GNP per capita of countries in the Orient..2003-now behind Thailand and Malaysia despite tens of billions of us aid..also huge endemic graft/corruption issue...illegal drug exports..guerillas.....Catholic bueracracy...can anybody say Colombia in SE asia!!!
B) big archipelago...largest being Indonesia over 7100 islands at last count
C) Most surnames Spanish with much of the national language..Tagalog heavily influenced by Spanish(colonized by Spain at roughly the same time and duration as Mexico!!!)..descended from Malyayo/Polynesian seafarers...most recently colonized by Americanos...(walk down any street here "Hey Joe" as in GI....leading to the exotic blending of the Pinoy/ay today
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