The Philippine Empire (Filipino: Ang Imperyo ng Pilipinas) is a country located within Southeast Asia. Its territory goes to the Okinawa Islands to the north (or as the Filipinos call it, Aguinaldo Islands), Indonesia and the northern tip of Australia to the south, to Palau on the east, and until to the city of Jacinto (former name Dhaka) to the west. It is one of the 5 superpowers (Besides the United States of America, Russian Republic, Socialist Kingdom of China, French Caliphate, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland) and has the 3rd largest economy in the world, just behind the USA and UK. It is the 5th largest country though it has the 2nd largest military in the world. It has colonies in South Africa, Madagascar, Egypt, Ghana and Somalia.


1521 - 1898

Spanish Expeditions

Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the Philippines on March 17. When european traders in search for a new route to the Spice Islands, stumbled into the Philippines. Magellan solemnly planted a cross on the summit of a hill overlooking the sea and claimed for the king of Spain possession of the islands he had seen, naming them Archipelago of Saint Lazarus. Magellan conquered and sought alliances among the natives beginning with Datu Zulu, the chieftain of Sugbu (now Cebu), and took special pride in converting them to Catholicism. Magellan's expedition got involved in the political rivalries between the Cebuano natives and took part in a battle against Lapu-Lapu, chieftain of Mactan island and a mortal enemy of Datu Zula. At dawn on 27 April 1521, Magellan invaded Mactan Island with 60 armed men and 1,000 Cebuano warriors, but had great difficulty landing his men on the rocky shore. Lapu-Lapu had an army of 1,500 on land. Magellan and Datu Zula waded ashore with their soldiers and attacked the Mactan defenders. Lapu-Lapu and his men were grossly outnumbered. 14 of Magellan's soldiers and 487 warriors were killed defeating Lapu-Lapu in the Battle of Mactan. It started the Empire of Sugbu.

Magellan and his crew decided to stay in the Philippines and live there. With their help they decided to become allies and started to go upward invading Luzon Island.

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