The USA bought us and other Spanish colonies for $20,000,000 USD.

The Treaty of Paris was signed on December 10, 1898. By the Treaty, Cuba gained its independence and Spain ceded the Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico to the United States for the sum of US$20 million.

Isolated minority tribes from the mountains of Luzon were taken to the USA and displayed at the exhibit… Coney Island, New York, 1906.

(These minority tribes have been isolated in the mountains for thousands of years… Which is why their culture is quite different when compared to the lowland, Hindu-Buddhist Kingdoms).

A young Filipino girl is pictured sitting on a wooden bench in an enclosure in Coney Island, New York

Despite these troubling past histories of Asian treatment from the Western world, today is a total transformation with the East and the West blending cultures together. The United States of America has provided refuge to a lot of Asian immigrants that made this Nation a mixture of cultures that made it an exciting place to work, live in an adopt as motherland.

Inaugurated on May 15, 1973, as the CCP Philharmonic, the new orchestra was initially intended to accompany artists performing at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Its first music director was Luis Valencia, with Julian Quirit serving as concertmaster.

Six years later Imelda Marcos, then First Lady of the Philippines, asked Oscar Yatco to reorganize the ensemble, and in 1982 the "Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra" took its present name and adopted a new vision: to become a world-class symphony orchestra comparable with the finest.

The PPO has performed with such renowned conductors as Mendi Rodan, Piero Gamba, Yaacov Bergman, Jeffery Meyer, and Nicholas Koch. It has also collaborated with leading Filipino and foreign musicians, including Monique Duphil, Cecile Licad, Martin Nievera, Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Van Cliburn, Renata Tebaldi, Judith Engel, Anthony Camden, Freestyle, Gagong Rapper, Jireh Lim and David Benoit.

Overseas, the PPO has successfully toured Europe, and in 2002 it participated in Asia Orchestra Week at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. The orchestra gave a 2004 Charity Royal Command Concert at Bangkok's National Theater at the invitation of Princess Galyani Vadhana, elder sister of the King of Thailand. This was a project of the Fund for Classical Music Promotion, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to young musicians to further study music, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Philippines in Bangkok and the Ministry of Culture of Thailand.

In 2006, the PPO's tour of the United States helped celebrate the centennial of the first Filipino migrants to Hawaii and California.

In 2009, after an exhaustive two-year search process, the PPO and the Cultural Center of the Philippines selected Olivier Ochanine as the PPO's next Principal Conductor and Music Director to start January 2010. Under the leadership of Olivier Ochanine, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra became the first Filipino orchestra to perform in New York's Carnegie Hall in 2016. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)