Mar 10, 2016 · Summary of Spanish Colonization in the Philippines March 10, 2016 Janrex Karl Faelagmao Leave a comment The Spaniards ruled the Philippines for 300 years under these conditions, continually harassed by Chinese pirates, by the Moros (Mohammedans from Mindanao and Sulu), by the Dutch and the English who wanted to take possession of the Islands, and finally by the frequent revolts on the part of the natives. Oct 07, 2018 · While Filipinos nowadays are fairly knowledgeable of the Spanish, American, and Japanese eras, the same cannot be said when it comes to the pre-colonial Philippines. Which is a shame actually, because even before the coming of the three foreign races, our ancestors were pretty much living in a veritable paradise. AMERICAN COLONIAL PERIOD, 1898-1946 U.S. President William McKinley sent several commissions to the Philippines even as the U.S. Army fought the Filipinos. William Howard Taft, president of the Philippine Commission, began installing American control on September 1, 1900.