Both of my parents were born and raised in the Philippines and I am always excited to learn more about my heritage. The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country comprised of more than 7,000 islands. The official language is a dialect called Tagalog, which I can understand completely but am unable to fluently speak. During the 16th century, the Philippines was colonized by the Spaniards which explains why many Filipinos have Spanish sounding last names (for instance, my last name being de Ramos). During World War II the Philippines was then captured by the Japanese, which led to the infamous "Bataan Death March," resulting in the deaths of many prisoners. With the help of the US however the Philippines was freed. Now, after all that it has faced, it has become a more progressive, developed nation. This could not have been made possible had it not been for the many advocates who pushed for change. Though the Philippines is now a nation with beautiful tropical beaches and is a popular vacation destination, it has come a long way from where it first started.This gallery represents well known stories and some very pivotal moments in the history of my culture.