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The Philippines in pictures

updated 10:07 PM EDT, Wed April 25, 2012
A former Spanish colony for three centuries, the Philippines was ceded to the United States in 1898 following the Spanish-American war. It achieved full independence in 1946 following World War II and has since been a constitutional republic overseen by a president as both the head of state and head of government. A former Spanish colony for three centuries, the Philippines was ceded to the United States in 1898 following the Spanish-American war. It achieved full independence in 1946 following World War II and has since been a constitutional republic overseen by a president as both the head of state and head of government.
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From colony to republic
Presidential power
Islands and mountains
Vacation destination
Feasts and festivities
A Catholic country
Pride of the Phillipines
Economy in transition
Calling on the Philippines
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