Typhoon Nock-Ten was the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded worldwide and hit the Philippines in December 2016, leaving thousands of travelers stranded. A couple of years earlier, Typhoon Haiyan, which struck back in 2013, was one of the most disastrous natural calamities ever to hit the Philippines. The Southeast-Asian country is in an area which is prone to natural occurrences and has been struck by several major storms, landslides, and earthquakes in the past years.A brief history of The PhilippinesThe Philippines is named after King Philip II of Spain (1556-1598), and it was a Spanish colony for over 300 years. It was taken over by the US in the early 20th century after a protracted rebellion against rule from Madrid. Spain and the US remain strongly influential, especially regarding language, religion, and government, in the country which has over 100 million inhabitants. Self-rule in 1935 was followed by full independence in 1946 under a US-style constitution. The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,000 islands. Its location, on the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator, brings positive and adverse consequences. It makes the country prone to earthquakes and typhoons, but also brings an abundance of natural resources and one of the world’s greatest biodiversity.