During the '70s:
1. Most progressive and developed South East Asian country.
2. Number one exporter ASEAN of rice, capiz and shell by-products, hemp, coco oil, fish and shellfish, rubber, nickel, gold.
Late '80's to the present:
Number one exporter of
1. Domestic Helpers
2. Mail order brides
Other things the Philippines is known for:
4. Beautiful secluded beaches
5. Great place for scuba diving
6. Volatile politics