-are one of the ethnicities who came and stayed in
- Some sources state that they are quite nice and
-The physical appearance of most Filipinos could
also be traced to the Malays.
- it is believed that the Malays are trained
seafarers—ones who could brave the oceans where
land bridges used to stand.
Japan conquered the Philippines
for only a few years and was
never truly embraced by the
country. Historians point to the
fact that unlike Spain they were
only here for a few years and
unlike the Americans, they were
very harsh on the Filipinos. As a
result, people did not want to be
like them and their influence has
- One of the most important influences of
the Spanish is Christianity where most
Filipinos had peacefully accepted the
- the Spanish also changed our
surnames and in 1849, Governor
General Narciso Claveris implemented a
systematic distribution of our surnames
and a Spanish naming system. Thus,
majority of Filipino surnames sound like
-the Spanish also influenced our cuisine.
Because of this, Philippine cuisine has
become a flavorful and unique
- Through the church, many Filipinos were
also trained in agriculture, language, and
the arts. They brought western
architecture and facilitated the
construction of baroque churches where
Filipinos were able to express their
- the Spanish taught us some of the little
pleasures in life such as
procrastination—also known as the
mañana habit—and the joys of having
- as if they were saving us from another country (first
the Spanish, then the Japanese), we easily loved the
Americans and we embraced their culture quite well.
- Western influence further entered our culture
especially with the spread of education. Filipinos
were taught the English language and we were able to
learn and adapt it easily.
-But perhaps one of the most evident influences that
they have imparted on us is democracy
-Americans basically made the country
look like a mini-US. Today, the
Philippines is very much “westernized”
or Americanized. For the longest time,
products would sell better if it were
called “stateside” and “imported”.
-Filipinos love a lot of things
about American culture such as fast
food, sitcoms and music.
-Furthermore, most Filipinos can
speak a little bit of
English making it very easy to
for foreigners. Hollywood movi
are flocked, Starbucks is always
filled to the brim and the
latest fashion is followed or
- China got intoPhilippine culture by way of
- In terms of food, Filipinos love Chinese food such
as siopao, siomai, taho and hopia.
- Filipinos also follow some aspects of Chinese
culture such as feng shui, dragon dances and
even Chinese New Year.- Business .
- One of the most important virtues that they have imparted on
us is our close-knit family relationships. This can be
seen by a strong patriarchal power in homes and a close
relationship with extended families.
HOW COLONIAL MENTALITY AFFECTS FILIPINO IDENTITY
the North has
thinks only of
media with images
full of artificiality,
The culture being
alien in language,
Constantino once declared that
“the only true Filipino is the decolonized
But producing a decolonized Filipino is perhaps an
impossible task. Even more than “Filipino
nationalism”, “decolonized Filipino” is a
contradiction in terms.