The Evolution of the Filipino Race

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The Filipino race originated from different races which explains why Filipinos are versatile people.

Filipinos are probably the most scattered and most versatile people in the world. This is the result of the colonization of different races for hundreds of years before the Philippines finally became a free country after World War II.

The origin of Filipinos are from the Java man believed to be a man who has stooped back and who cannot stand straight which improved into a Homo Erectus meaning a man who can stand straight. The first Philippine inhabitants were believed to have lived in Cagayan because of some animal remains and some tools unearthed here but remains of people were not found. It was in Tabon Cave in Palawan where the remains of the Tabon man was found.

The Philippine Island is believed to have been connected to the big continent of Asia before it was separated due to geographical conditions. The inhabitants have used the land bridges to come to the Philippines. Before the Philippines was rediscovered and conquered by the Spanish colonizers, people from around Asia have already influenced the life of the Filipinos. The Chinese came to the Philippines to do business with the people. They influenced the Filipinos about business and taught them to love their families and respect their elders. The Indians, Arabs and also the Japanese have influenced the Filipinos way of life

The Philippines were rediscovered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, a Portuguese navigator. Although Magellan was killed by the native inhabitants of the island where Magellan and his men landed, there were other Spanish expeditions that followed. One expedition successfully conquered the native inhabitants which led to the colonization of the Philippines for three hundred and thirty years; from 1565-1898.

The Spanish rule ended when the Americans joined forces with the Filipinos and conquered the Spaniards. The most remarkable contribution of the Spanish to the Filipinos was Catholicism. Up to now, most Filipinos are still Catholics.

The United States gained control over the Philippines after the American – Spanish War of 1898. After this victory over the Spanish, there then was the American – Filipino war. On February 4, 1899, fighting broke out between American forces and Filipino nationalists led by Emilio Aguinaldo, who sought independence rather than a change in colonial rulers.

The American – Filipino war lasted three years and resulted in many deaths. On July 4th, 1902, President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt declared an amnesty and the war over. In 1907, the Philippines convened its first elected assembly, and in 1916, the Jones Act promised the nation eventual independence. There were several skirmishes at the time, but nothing serious.

In 1898, The Americans took over which led to the freedom given to the Filipinos in their own country. The Philippines were colonized by the Americans for 44 years, from 1898-1942. Then the Japanese took over in 1942-1945. After the Second World War, the Philippines were finally set free and became a free country up to the present.

The archipelago became an autonomous commonwealth in 1935, and the U.S. granted independence in 1946 after World War II. Of course the Japanese occupation between 1942 and 1945 was very brutal, that included the infamous Bataan Death March, which killed many Filipino and American solders.


Posted on Nov 30, 2010
James R. Coffey
Posted on Oct 22, 2010