Why did the Philippines keep its Spanish name? (Short Animated Documentary)

When countries win their independence, many choose a new name, different from the one their coloniser gave them. Yet the Philippines, despite winnings it independence twice (sort of), kept the name given to it in Spanish in honour of King Philip II. So why didn’t they change it? Why did the Philippines keep its Spanish name?

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  1. wrong, its not in our history that philippines wanted the named malaysia.. but the name wanted to change the philippines is MAHARLIKA.. and also during spanish philippine war the philippines won. its just a propaganda that the philippines wad defeated by spain.

  2. You missed the obvious.
    Filipinos like to call themselves Pinoy.
    Philip is gone, except for the last ‘P’.
    It would be hard to find another name in the form something-something-pinos. So, Philippines it is…

  3. The Katipunan Revolution was successful against the Spanish, who were in retreat when they sold their hold on the Philippines, along with three other nations, to the US for incredibly cheap.

    The US allowed the Philippines to form its own republic so that US multinational corporations can fully exploit & plunder the Philippines without the US being federally responsible for its welfare. US multinational corporations bribe Philippine government officials to deregulate their labor rights, environmental protections & social policies, and allow corporations full control over natural resources & labor power.

  4. The Filipino rebels were winning the war against Spain and the Spaniards were, at the time of US meddling, already surrounded in the Intramuros "Walled City" of Manila. This youtuber should study the Philippine history better.

  5. "The Philippines has been economically ruined by the war (WW2) and didn't want to pay …"
    Yes, since the Philippines is trash, they would not want to rebuild it. But Japan, their nemesis, they would rebuild it and make it economically strong because they see profit in it.

    When would Filipinos learn that the US is not their friend?

  6. Philippine is freed all because U.S did not want to allow Filipinos to moving into USA, same with Japan and rest of former colonial powers. Not because of nationalism from Philippine as Philippine was divided into many little island states.

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