The Origin of the Philippine Islands
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The Origin of the Philippine Islands

The origin of the Philippine islands is explained by myths and theories but no one theory could prove the real origin of the Philippines.

The origin of the Philippines has many versions and theories. This includes some myths about the country. According to a popular myth that explains the origin of the Philippines, the Philippines was formed a long time ago when there was no land on earth and what existed were only the sky, the sea and a flying bird. The bird had been flying since it was created so it got tired one day and tried to find a place to rest but unfortunately there was nowhere to rest.

The bird then thought of a way to make the sky and the sea fight each other. This started the fight of the sea and the sky. According to the tale, the sky was only a little higher from the sea so when they quarreled the sea lashed great waves to hurt the sky. In order to avoid getting hurt and wet, the sky went higher and higher, but the sea made bigger waves until the sky rained down big rocks to stop the turbulent sea. The rocks that the sky had rained down became the Philippine Archipelago.

Aside from the myth there are also scientific theories on the origin of the Philippines. These theories involved studying the fossils and the rocks. According to geologists, the Philippines was once a part of the Asian continent. But when the ice melted, the land masses sank and they were covered by water. This left behind only the higher peaks which became the island of the Philippine Archipelago.

Another theory contends that many of the Asian countries including the Philippines were once part of the lost continent called Mu or Lemuria. This vast continent was destroyed by a series of geographical occurrences like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. These occurrences created the islands that make up the Philippine Archipelago.

There are more theories explaining the origin of the Philippine Islands. Some scientists believe that the Philippines was a result of underwater volcanic eruptions. The eruptions thus created the islands that make up the Philippine islands today.

Another theory claims that the Philippines was connected to the Asian continent by land bridges but these land bridges were submerged when the ice caps were melted. There is also a belief that the Philippine islands was never a part of the Asian continent but it was always a group of islands.

There is no one theory that could prove the real origin of the Philippines so the history still remains as a series of myths and theories.

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Ranked #41 in History

I could still recall being a freshman at UPV and taking my turn to draw my priority among those who will report on the origin of the Philippine archipelago in my Philippine History subject. I was unfortunate to be the first to report and I have recalled preparing a visual aid on land bridges which must have satisfied my professor. You have presented the above topic just as interesting.

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Deep blue, sorry for the long silence. Anyway I'm glad you liked my article. Cheers to you.

Jan Cabrera

Thanks for the article. It helps me with my research... Thanks again! :)