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Portuguese Conquest by Ferdinand Magellan

Even long before Portuguese, Ferdinand Magellan said to have discovered the
Philippines in March 16, 1521 when he set foot in Homonhon Island, Samar, we
already have our oldest ancestors believed to be the Negritos who came some
30,000 years ago. This is when our first Philippines people culture was actually
established.
The Malay Race and Our Muslim Native
It is believed that these first native Filipinos were the first ones to set foot through
makeshift sailboat from rafts to the first old boats or probably a "balsa" roaming in
the sea looking for land, shelter and food. These people were believed to have come
from the neighboring islands of Sumatra, Malaya and Borneo which gave us our
oldest existing race, the Malay race.
Our Muslim Philippines people culture as we now believe may be attributed to visits
from 14th century Malay and Borneo Arab traders. Its date stretch back as far as the
Southernmost Philippines, now Mindanao.
First Philippines Name
While very few would know more of Philippines people culture, it was Ruy Lopez de
Villalobos, an explorer from Spain who actually gave our country one of its first
names - FELIPINAS which actually came from the name of the son of CARLOS 1
named, PRINCE FELIPE 2.
Spanish Conquest by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi
The Spanish navigator and governor, Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, being the first
believed Spanish conquistador had our country on his control back in 1564 and it
wasn't until 1571 when Manila was made into a city of the Philippines by the same
navigator. All these conquests were due to the strong trade presence for spice and
the warring factions from Portuguese and Spanish conquerors led to small battles
and discover of more islands to rule.
Chinese Conquest through Limahong
3 years later in 1574, another navigator, the Chinese pirate, Limahong
revolutionized the establishment of Chinese colonial period, an important part of
Philippines people culture. Even before that time, Chinese trade with who is
believed to be the first Filipinos were already strong but interests on rich land as the
Philippines became stronger as different navigators set hold in the island through
galleons and pirate ships and trade ships and boats. This is the galleon trade, a
trade and war for spices for which the island is rich of.
What Filipino People Love

Family
We love the concept of family. Proof to this is the fact that most Pinoys even if they
no longer live in the country still choose to live together as family in harmony
making free calls to the Philippines to chit chat with relatives. Married siblings love
to stay in the same house with their parents living together and taking care of one
another sharing food, shelter and showing love in everyday living. the young use
"po" and "opo" in show of respect which many countries do not have or use as part
of their native dialect - it is unique to Pinoys only.
Keeping the family intact as part of Philippines people culture is the fact that it is
still being practiced today (which may be a bit feudal in nature) in many provinces
and rural areas that only the father (tatay) of the house works outside while
mothers (nanay) stay at home taking care of the kids helping them grow in strict
Filipino values while doing all the household chores and trying to teach siblings how
to do it at the right age.
Tradition and Fiesta as Part of Philippines People Culture

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Part of what the Philippines people culture got from the Spaniards during Spanish
colonial era is the love of celebration of diverse occasion, wedding traditions and
fiestas. Since then, Filipinos have chosen to get indebted in loans and borrowing
money from rich neighbors just to have something to offer in the dining table for
visitors during local fiesta celebration. Whole year through, we celebrate these
feasts with bountiful food as a sign of blessings and we dance and sing in karaoke
(of today) in streets.
Characterized by local Filipino dishes / food on the dining table, each house without
you knowing anybody living in it will try to invite strangers and visitors alike to
come eat and try what they have on the table and probably drink a shot glass or
two of the local beer - San Miguel Beer or in provinces, the local wine called "lam

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