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The History and Traditions of Filipinos

Updated on March 5, 2012
Filipinos performed locally their ethnic culture in particular and they have amalgamated European, American and Asian cultures in general in consequence of occupation  done by the invaders.
Filipinos performed locally their ethnic culture in particular and they have amalgamated European, American and Asian cultures in general in consequence of occupation done by the invaders. | Source
It is one of the historical presentations done by the selected students in one of the public science high schools in the Philippines.
It is one of the historical presentations done by the selected students in one of the public science high schools in the Philippines. | Source

The Philippines: Pearl of the Orient Seas along with the rich marine resources and lush vegetation


To epitomize the whole scenario of the early Filipinos, including Philippine history, American rule was interrupted briefly during World War II when the Japanese occupied the islands from 1941 to 1945. After the war ended, the United States granted the Philippines independence on July 4, 1946, ending nearly 50 years of American government.

Filipinos are known for their tradition to welcome their guests warmly in their home. Filipinos came from three main races, namely, the Malays, the Indus and the Itas. However, throughout the ages, Philippines has been colonized by different countries such as Spain, Japan and the U.S. Due to this colonization, we have been mixed by different races.

The first invaders to colonize the Philippines were the Spaniards. This country was reigned by them for over 333 years. Their main reason for doing this was that the 3 initial letters like GGG—gold, glory and God. During their time, women were treated unequally and Filipinos were stripped off by their rights in their own homeland. We have also adopted many things, especially the amalgamated West and East cultures from them, and the most important thing of all was Christianity.

The second invaders to come were the Americans. They reigned for 48 years. During their time of colonization, education was treated as the first priority. Their gift for the Philippines was utterly intended for peace--and that is democracy.

The third invaders to reign were the Japanese. They spread terror throughout the nation. Many were killed during their shocking and brutal occupation. All they left for us was the experience of having death near you.

All of these nations contributed a lot to what the Philippines now is all about. Our nation is very well-known for its connotative name as Pearl of the Orient Seas, along with its rich marine resources and lush vegetation. The Philippines is the only Christian country in Asia; thus we should be proud for the traditions and rich history of our country. That’s the reason why the Filipinos have amalgamated cultures in consequence of occupation and it made our country very famous a long time ago after all the invading nations had returned homes to reassess Philippine history and traditions.

In Tagaloglang.com information, it said that Spanish rule of the Philippines began soon after the explorer Ferdinand Magellan discovered the islands in 1521. Magellan had been searching for a shorter route to Moluccas, the Spice Islands. Admiral Ruy Lopez de Villalobos named the archipelago Las Filipinas after King Philip II of Spain, and in 1565 helped build the first Spanish settlement on the main island of Luzon. It said also that the Spanish conquistadores reigned for nearly 400 years until 1898 when the United States defeated Spain in the Spanish-American War. As a result of the Treaty of Paris, Spain surrendered the Philippines, marking the end of Spanish colonial rule and the beginning of American control. In 1901, future U.S. president William Howard Taft became the first civilian governor of the islands.

To epitomize the whole scenario of the early Filipinos, including Philippine history, American rule was interrupted briefly during World War II when the Japanese occupied the islands from 1941 to 1945. After the war ended, the United States granted the Philippines independence on July 4, 1946, ending nearly 50 years of American government.

The procession or gathering of people while following the image of Sr. Sto. Nino was composed of students and teachers.
The procession or gathering of people while following the image of Sr. Sto. Nino was composed of students and teachers. | Source
It is another cultural dance showdown...the locally choreographed dance moves depicting the old times of the ancestors who exchanged unforgettable moments together with the loved ones.
It is another cultural dance showdown...the locally choreographed dance moves depicting the old times of the ancestors who exchanged unforgettable moments together with the loved ones. | Source

One of Asia’s greatest historical stories of all time!

Philippines is well-known as one of Asia’s greatest historical stories of all time. The country itself has marked a big spot on the historical genre of Asia. Being conquered by the Spaniards for such a long time is yet, unforgettable, and worth-remembering for. Historical sites are preserved and other significant "societal roles," as well as deeply-rooted history recollections are totally on the go with mixed traditions.

It can never be denied that the foreign people influenced the Filipinos so much. The natural traditions of the “anitos” were changed. Christianity was spread all over the archipelago. Given such a horrifying occupation by the aforementioned foreigners, except for those invaders who were so amiable and compassionate, the Filipinos remained faithful and were proven religious in nature, thus it wasn’t hard for the Spaniards to capture their taste.

Food, clothing, houses—and more, brought about by the innocence of the natives, other countries like Japan, China, India and America followed the trend. Filipinos, on the other hand, lost their nationalism. The main reason for this is that they followed and, at the same time, adapted the foreign touch.

The touch, if we expound more on the details, simply means awareness over political matters or contact with the global issues that affect the entire nation. All the political affairs should be highly regarded as confidential matters just to pave the way for the state of being aware of a situation or in contact with someone with high influence and position.

However, some tribes remained consistent and continued their lives with the old thing. They remained as natural as before. With their cultural knowledge, they showcased tribal dances and traditions. They preserved their culture. In fact, many people either foreign or local were impressed and were hooked on unique history and traditions, most especially on their cultural performances.

Ergo, they never did fail on keeping the Philippines’ traditions despite the tragic history. In this statement, it further implies that Filipinos at heart remained culturally unadulterated, and united. In addition to this explanation, they survived whatever calamities, trials, tribulations and other horrifying aftermath of earthquake, etc. The cultures have been taken care of, highly instituted and preserved by them from generation to generation. Such cultures were of the most significance or attention and they were considered a “gift” and something to be proud of.

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