The South China Sea provides food and work for millions, but overfishing and territorial disputes threaten this fragile resource.
For decades the U.S. has supported the Philippines' marine conservation efforts, resulting in more fish, bigger fish and a sustainable fishing industry.
India, Japan and the Philippines joined with the United States to protect the freedom of the oceans and vital economic trade routes.
When typhoons strike the Philippines, the U.S. ally knows it can count on generous U.S. assistance. But America helps in nonemergencies too.
The U.S. and the Philippines' defense treaty dates back to 1951. Their militaries train together and the countries work closely together to fight terrorism.
The United States is returning the historic Bells of Balangiga to the Catholic church in Eastern Samar, Philippines, from which they were taken in 1901.
No Fulbright Program anywhere has operated longer than in the Philippines, providing Filipinos and Americans alike not just degrees, but cultural awareness.
The Peace Corps has sent 8,800 volunteers to the Philippines since 1961. Some 180 are there today as teachers, conservationists and community developers.
The U.S. and the Philippines are pledged to mutual defense, but the bond between them is deeper than that, including a shared language and common values.
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