Obama's visit to the Philippines is part of an Asian trip that includes Japan, South Korea and Malaysia in an effort to strengthen diplomatic and economic ties. It also happens at a time when tensions are high as a result of maritime and territorial disputes with China in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
Obama's visit will be the 8th time a sitting US president will be coming to the Philippines. The country has received 10 American presidents, 6 of them sitting presidents at the time of their visit.
Here are some interesting details about some of these previous visits by US presidents.
Dwight Eisenhower was the first sitting US president to visit the Philippines
Eisenhower was bestowed an honorary degree in the Philippines
Nixon praised Gloria Diaz for winning Miss Universe in 1960
The shortest visit of a US president in the country was only 8 hours
Bush’s had a heavy security detail
Some legislators walked out when Bush delivered his speech before the Philippine Congress
Protests were happening outside Congress when Bush was delivering his speech
US presidents stayed in the Philippines for 2 to 3 days
Bill Clinton visited the country twice as sitting president – the only US president to do so
Al-Qaeda plotted to assassinate Clinton on his trips to the Philippines
Four US presidents visited the Philippines outside their terms of office.
(Editor's note: An earlier version of this story inadvertently referred to the 41st president of the United States as George W. Bush. His name is actually George H.W. Bush. We regret the error)
Taft, during his term as Governor-General, had a controversial picture taken of him riding a carabao.
Agripino Luiz Mendoza III is a Rappler intern.