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International Coffeehouses: Philippines

This guide will provide links to resources related to the countries featured in the International Coffeehouses.


Philippine flag

The Republic of the Philippines lies in the western Pacific Ocean, east of mainland South-East Asia. In 1946 the Philippines achieved independence from US rule. Ferdinand Marcos was elected President in 1965. Marcos relinquished office to Corazon Aquino in 1986, following the rejection of his authority by the acting Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Lt-Gen. Fidel Ramos. Aquino was succeeded by Ramos in 1992. In 2001, after the indefinite adjournment of impeachment proceedings against President Joseph Estrada, Vice-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo took office as the country's head of state. Arroyo was replaced by Benigno Aquino III, son of Corazon Aquino, in mid-2010. At the May 2016 presidential election Rodrigo Roa Duterte was elected President; he took office on 30 June. Manila is the capital. Filipino is the native national language.

Filipino Art

Silver ornament

Title: Silver ornament

Work Type: Personal gear, jewelry, pendant

Discovery Site: Philippines

Material: Silver

Measurements: 5 cm x 5 cm x 0.5 cm

Repository: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

Manuel Ocampo, Bathala II

Manuel Ocampo, Bathala II. 1988. Exhibited at Postmasters Gallery, 1994. Acrylic.

Library Research Guides


Mayon on the coast of albay Gulf

The Philippines is an island country in the southwest Pacific Ocean. It has a number of volcanoes, many of which are active. The cone-shaped Mayon, shown here, rises on the coast of the Albay Gulf in the Southeastern part of the island of Luzon.


Filipino Music

Traditional Folk Music

Bayanihan Sings! Album art

Manila Music

Manila Sound is a musical genre in the Philippines that began in the mid-1970s in Manila. The genre flourished and peaked in the mid- to late-1970s. It is often considered the "bright side" of the Philippine martial law era and has influenced most of the modern genres in the country by being the forerunner to OPM.