Dr. Thomas, Jimletta Vareene
May 14, 2010
The paper discusses Philippine and Filipino brief history of the life and times of the
Filipino people in the Philippines. The values of Filipino culture have changed through
emigration and immigration, as well as religiosity and spirituality, and because of
coexisting and sometimes conflicting values . Details are given outlining the global
Filipino diaspora in the 21st-century and highlights its impact on the social and religious
conditions of the people. An interview with a native born Filipinos young woman is
Filipino History Cultural Immersion Literature Review
There are at least 77 major ethno-linguistic groups in the Philippine archipelago,
which can be further subdivided into 244 sub-groupings depending on the variations of
the central cultures. Classification and identification of groups is based on factors such
as geography, environment, religion, language, rules on succession and social
In Luzon, the biggest island, the major groups are the: Ivatan/Itbayat; Ilocano;
Tinggian; Apayao; Kalinga; Balangao; Kankanay; Kankanaey; Bago; Bontoc; Ifugao;
Ibaloi; Ikalahan/Kalanguya; Iwak; Isinay; Pangasinan; Ga'dang; Ibanag; Itawit; Malaweg;
Yogad; Ilongot; Kapampangan; Palanan; Tagalog; Bicol; Negrito; and Sambal. All these
groups have their distinct culture and identity, contributing to the rich and diverse
Philippine cultural heritage.
Culture and Religion. Filipino culture is primarily based on the cultures of the
various native groups, though heavily influenced by Spanish, Mexican, and American
cultures. The customs and traditions of the Roman Catholic faith are Spain's lasting legacy.
Over 83% of the Filipino people are Christians, resulting from the Spanish colonization and
evangelization for over three...