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. Continue reading “The Tagalogs of the Philippines”


Population, Demographics & Literacy

Update: As of 2016, the current population of the Philippines is over 100 million. This page was originally drafted in 2009 and is due to be updated with more recent numbers.

Population: The total population of the Philippines was 76.5 million, evenly divided between males and females, as of the year 2000. The Philippine National Statistics Office estimated that the total population reached 85.2 million in 2005. Currently, as of 2016, it is widely taken as fact that the Philippine population has surpassed 100 million.

The average annual population growth rate from 1998 to 2004 was 2.1 percent. There has been a continuing trend of internal migration from rural to urban areas since at least 1991. According to the 2000 census, 52 percent of the population lived in rural areas and 48 percent in urban areas, including about 12 percent who lived in the National Capital Region, or Metropolitan Manila. The Philippines has a negligible loss of population as a result of emigration, which was estimated at –1.5 migrants per 1,000 population in 2004. Continue reading “Population, Demographics & Literacy”

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 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”

Famous Chinese Filipinos

華菲 or Chinoy / Tsinoy

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Famous Gays in the Philippines

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Tinguian or Itneg of Abra Province

The Tinguian are a Philippine tribe in the mountain province of Abra in northwestern Luzon. Their settlement has extended as far as Ilocos Sur.  They are distinct from the Igorot tribe, their neighbors, although intermarriage between the two groups has become common. The Itneg are classified as a “pagan” tribe because they were not Christianized by the Spaniards unlike the Ilocano  people nearby.

 Photo of Itneg or Tinguian hunter using a blowgun

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