The Filipino Look of Barbie

Traditonal Filipina Barbie

The Philippines is home to a diverse people. As with Hispanics whose appearance ranges from those who can pass for Spaniards to those with strong Aztec or Incan features, there are Filipinos whose family heritage has been heavily influenced by 400 years of Spanish rule and by the Chinese incursions of the past thousand years and so tend to have lighter skin, and there are Filipinos whose ancestors did not have much contact with foreigners and so have preserved the brown skin and other features of the indigenous Malay inhabitants of the islands. Continue reading “The Filipino Look of Barbie”


The Tagalogs of the Philippines

The Tagalog people are members of the most dominant cultural-linguistic group in the Philippines. Their status comes from their residence in the capital of Manila and the surrounding provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Batangas, Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, Marinduque, Nueva Ecija, Quezon and Rizal. Off the island of Luzon, there are native Tagalog-speaking people on the islands of Palawan and Mindoro. A majority of Tagalogs are Roman Catholics.

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Panatang Makabayan

This patriotic oath is legally required to be recited at all public and private schools in which the majority of students are Filipinos.

Patriotic Oath of the Philippines


Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas, aking lupang sinilangan,
Tahanan ng aking lahi, kinukupkop ako at tinutulungang
Maging malakas, masipag at marangal
Dahil mahal ko ang Pilipinas,
Diringgin ko ang payo ng aking magulang,
Susundin ko ang tuntunin ng paaralan,
Tutuparin ko ang mga tungkulin ng isang mamamayang makabayan,
Naglilingkod, nag-aaral at nagdarasal nang buong katapatan.
Iaalay ko ang aking buhay, pangarap, pagsisikap
Sa bansang Pilipinas.

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FILIPINO

In the English language, the word Filipino often refers to something from or related to the Philippines.

For examples:

  • Filipino cuisine – food associated with the Philippines
  • Filipino people – ethnic group that identifies with the Philippines
  • Filipino language – national language of the Philippines
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    What is Tagalog?

    The Philippines is a country with a population of over 100 million. A citizen of the Philippines is called a Filipino.

    Filipinos are not one ethnic group. Among the large ethnic groups in the Philippines are the Ilocano, Cebuano, Kapampangan, Pangasinense, Bicolano and Tagalog.

    Tagalog is the name of an ethnic group in the Philippines. The language they speak is Tagalog.

    The Tagalogs (the Tagalog people) speak the Tagalog language. Likewise, the Ilocanos speak the Ilocano language, and the Pangasinense speak the Pangansinan language. These are all very different languages; they are NOT just dialects.

    Many of the Tagalog people live near Manila, the political and economic capital of the Philippines. When the 1935 constitution was drafted by government officials, they selected Tagalog as the basis of the national language.

    In order not to slight the other ethnic groups, the national language was not called Tagalog, but Pilipino. Later, in the 1987 constitution, the national language was called Filipino, with an F.

    The national language (Filipino) is to include not only words from Tagalog, but also from other Philippine and foreign languages.

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    Sarangani Bay

    Sarangani Bay is located on the southern tip of Mindanao in the Philippines.

    General Santos City, one of the country’s most important ports, and also the hometown of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, is located at the head of the bay.

    The province of Sarangani, created in 1992, is named after the bay. A festival known to the locals as Sarbay Fest is held in the area every year in the third week of May. It is possibly the most popular beach event in the southern region of the Philippines.

    Sarangani Bay

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    Basic Cebuano Phrases

    Sebuwano is a language very distinct from Tagalog, but we get enough inquiries about Cebuano that we decided to list a few basic phrases.

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    WARAY

    Waray is one of the languages of the Philippines. Spoken in the area of Leyte and Samar in the Visayas region, Waray is very distinct from Tagalog.

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