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The Spanish governed those areas through a treaty with the sultan of Mindanao.The Spanish did not attempt to conquer the deep mountain regions of far northern Luzon.The occupation by Spain and the unifying factor of Catholicism were the first steps in creating a national identity.Filipinos became interested in attaining independence in the middle of the nineteenth century.Filipinos are proud that their country has the third largest number of English speakers in the world.Filipino English includes many Australian and British terms.It is a formal language that includes words no longer commonly used in American English.Spanish was taught as a compulsory language until 1968 but is seldom used today.
Temperatures are cooler in November through January, dropping below 30 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit). The estimated population in July 2000 was eighty-one million. Four percent of the population is over age sixty-five.The Muslim influence had spread as far north as Luzon when Ferdinand Magellan arrived in 1521 to claim the archipelago for Spain.Magellan was killed soon afterward when a local chief, Lapu-Lapu, refused to accept Spanish rule and Christianity.Flag ceremonies take place once a week at all governmental offices. The first people were the Negritos, who arrived twenty-five thousand years ago. After the land bridges disappeared, immigrants from Indo-China brought copper and bronze and built the rice terraces at Benaue in northern Luzon.