The Philippine history or the history of the Philippines can be divided into many historical periods, which all began with the arrival of European colonizers. This is the very beginning of the recorded history of the Philippines and we can still find vestiges of this early European influence even today in the form of some of the local names that the native people used. As a matter of fact, many Filipinos still use some of their names such asios (Filipino) and manong (Filipino), for example. A more accurate way to call ourselves, however, is manongog (Philippine), a name which came from the fact that our first settlers were originally from the Philippines, but they changed their names when they migrated to the Spanish colony in South America.
The French, Dutch and British colonialists, more specifically the British in the early days, laid a lot of the country’s early history into a number of historical events. These events, in combination with the Spanish colonization, laid the foundation of the Philippine independence movement. It also introduced the idea of religious intolerance, wherein the Church put its force against the Manila takeover by Spain in 1898. The United States, through a different set of events, helped solidify Philippine independence in the early 20th century. The Philippine Islands, which is now the major tourist attractions in the Philippines, emerged out of the remnants of Spanish and British possessions after World War II.
The complexity of Philippine history makes it all the more interesting to study. Even the simple history lessons offered in school usually cover a wide sweep of Philippine history. In college, you may opt to pursue a course on Filipino history or even on the Philippine Islands. You will surely enjoy it as you go deeper into the details of Philippine history. There are many different resources that you can find online to help you learn about Philippine history better. However, do make sure that you check the credibility and accuracy of the information you are getting from these sites before using them.