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1. What are the Filipino-American relations?

An enduring resilience characterizes Philippine–American relationship for several reasons. For one, there
is an unusual colonial relationship wherein the United States took control of the Philippines from the
Spanish and then shared power with an emergent Filipino elite, introduced suffrage, implemented public
education, and promised eventual national independence. A shared experience fighting the Japanese in
World War II and defeating a postwar communist rebellion further cemented the “special relationship”
between the two countries. The United States took advantage of this partnership to compel the Philippines
to sign an economic and military treaty that favored American businesses and the military, respectively.
Filipino leaders not only accepted the realities of this strategic game and exploited every opening to assert
national interests but also benefitted from American largesse. Under the dictatorship of President
Ferdinand Marcos, this mutual cadging was at its most brazen. As a result, the military alliance suffered
when the Philippines terminated the agreement, and the United States considerably reduced its support to
the country. But the estrangement did not last long, and both countries rekindled the “special relationship”
in response to the U.S. “Global War on Terror” and, of late, Chinese military aggression in the West
Philippine Sea.
The United States recognized the Philippines as an independent state and established
diplomatic relations with it in 1946. Except for the 1942-45 Japanese occupation during World War II,
the Philippines had been under U.S. administration since the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898.
Philippines – United States relations (Filipino: Ugnayang Pilipinas – Estados Unidos) are bilateral
relations between the United States of America and its former colony, the Republic of the Philippines.
The relationship between the United States and the Philippines has historically been strong and has been
described as a Special Relationship.
2. What are the government peace treaties with Muslim-Filipinos?

The Philippines has signed a peace accord with the nation's largest separatist group, ending decades of
conflict. Under the deal, the country's Muslim population is to receive a semi-autonomous region.
The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country's largest Muslim rebel group. It is the
culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino
Aquino and leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front witnessed the signing of the agreement in the
presidential palace in Manila. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose country brokered the peace
talks, attended the ceremony. He said: "In signing this agreement, the two sides have looked not to the
problems of the past, but to the promise of the future. After so many years of conflict, and so many lives
lost, it is a momentous act of courage."
The deal grants largely Muslim areas of the southern Mindanao region greater political autonomy in
exchange for an end to armed rebellion, but it will not end all violence in a part of the country long-
plagued by lawlessness, poverty and Islamist insurgency.
More than 120-thousand people have died in separatist violence since the 1970s in Mindanao, the main
southern Philippine island. It is home to most of the country's 5 million Muslims, but Christians remain
the overall majority.


Foundation University, sometimes simply called Foundation or FU, is a private non-

sectarian university in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. It was founded by
Dr. Vicente Guzman Sinco, former president of the University of the Philippines and an
alumnus of Silliman University. It offers over 60 specialized higher education areas of
study accredited with the PAASCU, CHED, and the Philippine Association of Colleges
and Universities Commission on Accreditation.


“We want to educate men and women whose only passport is intellectual competence;
whose pursuit is excellence of mind, body and character; and whose quest is for
freedom and truth.” -Dr. Vicente G. Sinco.

Foundation University opened its doors at the dawn of a new era for the Philippines, a
country that emerged at the end of World War II to become Asia’s first democracy. From
the beginning, the university has been a non-profit, non-sectarian institution, accessible
to all.

For Foundation University, he envisioned a school that afforded anyone with ability and
determination the opportunity for a college education, regardless of wealth or social
position. He dreamed of a permanent center for teaching and learning that would help the
Philippines assume its place among free nations.

Founded by Dr. Vicente G. Sinco, Foundation University opened its doors at the dawn
of a new era of the Philippines, a country that emerged at the end of World War II to
become Asia’s first democracy. From the beginning, the university has been a non-
profit, non-sectarian institution, accessible to all.

Dr. Vicente G. Sinco was born in Negros Oriental of modest means, and rose to
become an influential figure who helped to write the Philippine Constitution. He was a
trusted adviser to several Philippine Presidents, and launched our country’s involvement
in world affairs as the representative of the Philippines, signing the United Nations
Charter in 1945. He was the Dean of Law at the University of the Philippines and served
as that institution’s president from 1958-1962.

Foundation University is a school in Dumaguete fully dedicated to the excellent

development of body, mind, and character of an individual in the pursuit of freedom and

Foundation University was established in July 4, 1949 as was called then as

Foundation College. During the foundation of the school in Dumaguete,
Foundation College had committed to a three-fold function (i.e. research, instruction,
and community action).
The success of the school’s commitment was recognized in the year 1963 when an
international recognition was given to Foundation College. That same year, Foundation
College became a member of the world renowned International Association of

Foundation College became the first institution to receive this kind of recognition within
the Visayas-Mindanao Region of the Philippines. It is also the first institution worldwide
that became a member of this prestigious organization even if the school is not yet a full
university in Dumaguete.

Due to the school’s great achievement and wonderful performance as an institution,

Foundation College was granted a university charter in January 28, 1969, thus
becoming Foundation University. Foundation University has been sincere in its purpose
and mission. That is why graduates from Foundation University are considered of the
finest quality.

With the school’s mission at heart, Foundation University has the vision to help the
development of an individual to govern oneself through judging, thinking, and planning

Foundation University has specific objectives that have become the school’s guidelines
in fulfilling their commitment: (1) To produce an individual that has sound character and
is open-minded; (2) To develop a people that has the spirit of unity and patriotism; (3)
To train individuals for professional work and career in the future; (4) To contribute to
the development of human knowledge for the sake of truth.

Foundation University may not be as huge as some universities in Dumaguete and in

the Philippines but the school is equipped with modern school facilities, courses, and
programs that are outstanding and up to date with the very latest technology available.

Treating every single individual in the school campus as a unique individual is also a
commitment of the Foundation University of Dumaguete. It is the goal of Foundation
University’s faculty and staff members to make every student feel recognized as if they
were at home.
Teachers and students alike at Foundation University share in a community spirit where
everyone knows each other and no face is a stranger in the crowd. The counselors and
teachers at Foundation University are always available. They are ready to help and
guide a student with any problem encountered at Foundation University.

Foundation University may be considered a small university in Dumaguete but the

quality of education and graduates produced at Foundation University are excellent and
very promising.

Life Purpose
To educate and develop individuals to become productive, creative, useful and
responsible citizens of society.

To be a dynamic, progressive school that cultivates effective learning, generates
creative ideas, responds to societal needs and offers equal opportunity for all.

To enhance and promote a climate of excellence relevant to the challenges of the times,
where individuals are committed to the pursuit of new knowledge and life-long learning
in service of society.

Core Values