LIFE.com offers a series of rare photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt from the place that came to be known as "the island of hope and tears."
henry: U.S. has been using the Philippines and other countries as front lines in case war occurs. U.S. needs PH desperately since it completes the 'fence' to protect the U.S. mainland from attacks. Here's a president who dares to expose the danger of being a target and a patty of U.S. He elects to be on development side with China than a pone for war hegemony of U.S. Bravo!