History Of Filipino Culture In The Philippines

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Philippines is a country that is made up to more seven thousand islands and is located to the southeastern part of Asia. The Philippines is separated from its neighboring Asian countries by the Pacific Ocean and South China Sea. For being known as one of the smallest country in Asia, the Philippines consists with more than sixty cultural communities and has more than eighty dialects (Bautista, 1998). With the Spanish colonization in the fifteenth century, Philippines’ culture is strongly influenced by the Spaniards. It can be seen through its architectures, food, the language, Tagalog, the national language of Philippines is similar to the Spanish language, and traditions. After the Philippine Revolution, despite the proclamation of the Philippine independence and establishment of the First Philippine Republic, the Philippines did not become a member of the family nations (Bautista, 1998). The United States had then decided to annex the Philippines as its territory in the Pacific. The first Filipino American population started booming after the United States in 1898. In 1906, fifteen young Filipinos boarded a ship for Hawaii, starting a migration of Filipinos who would provide a steady supply of labor for the farms and agricultural enterprises in Hawaii and later in the West Coast (Francia, 2010). Early Filipino immigrants came to the United States for a better life, better opportunity. Filipino immigrant communities were formed mostly by men because women were discouraged from emigrating to forestall the formation of families and putting down roots which would remain until the World War II. These pioneers and the men that followed in their footsteps were called manong, or “elder brother”. By 1926, around 150,000 Fili... ... middle of paper ... ...ng admitted to the hotels, restaurants, and other public places. In the 1920s and 1930s, Filipinos were banned to marry white women, but laws against Filipino was later declared as unconstitutional. Today, it is rare that people turn heads when a white man is with a Filipino woman, or vice versa. The Filipino culture is a combination of acquired ways and manners, including personal behavior in social interaction. It also includes the total elements of the Filipino way of life: customs, traditions, beliefs, values, arts, language, rituals, attitudes, and the total characteristics of the members of Filipino society. Much of the present Filipino culture is an assimilation of cultural influences from past colonizers. In Filipino culture he Filipinos have positive and negative values Today, Asian Americans is then fastest growing racial group in the United States.

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