It was the Spanish who took over the Philippines in 1565 to 1821 and the country is named after the King of Spain King Philippe, hence Philippines. It was during this time that the people of the Philippines were forced to become Roman Catholic. There was a brief handover of power to the British for two years who captured Manila, but it went back to Spain after that two years.
Divorce in the Philippines is not easily available to the masses thanks to the huge influence of the Catholic Church and its ongoing influence over the governments over all the years, and even up to today the church is extremely powerful.
Good Bye To Spain
In 1898 the Spanish handed over the country for $20 million to the United States of America after losing the Spanish-American war. This meant that the Spanish rule was over, and now the Americans arrived and brought education and to the masses. But in all the time the Americans were in the Philippines ruling, they never changed the laws on Divorce in the Philippines. It is a wonder why this was not done.
1945 saw the Philippines devastated by the war with over a million Filipinos dead during the battle with the Japanese, and many thousands of those were killed by bombs from American bombers who had decided to bomb Manila to get rid of Japanese invaders. The process killed thousands and thousands of innocent Filipinos too.