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Contributor Contrib.highexpectasians on 12/18/2019
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From the Spanish name for the archipelago, Filipinas, which was derived from FELIPE. The name was given in honour of King Phillip II of Spain (1527-1598) by Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos, who originally used it to refer to the islands of Leyte and Samar. During the colonial period the official English name was Philippine Islands, a translation of the Spanish name Las Islas Filipinas, which was later contracted to Philippines. Since then, this has been the name used to refer to the archipelago nation in Southeast Asia.