Influences on the Philippines

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Influences on the Philippines

By | October 2012
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Ever since the Philippines came to be it has been built of off many different cultures. There is no definite culture of the Philippines because of the various people that came to the islands. The location of the Philippines made it a prime location for influence because it is near all parts of Southeast Asia. It was also a favored location during the Wars, which would have an even bigger impact on the culture of the Philippines. The main influences that impacted the Philippines were the Indians, Chinese, Spanish, and Americans. Although some may have had a longer lasting impact on the Philippines each one helped create the Philippines to what it is today.

India has influenced the Philippines in all aspects of life, from writing, music, and language to even religion. Because of the high trade between India and the Philippines India was able to have a huge impact on the Philippines. Some religion that can be seen from Indian influence is Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. This can be seen in the most southern island, Mindanao. Some Tagalog words are even Indian influenced, such as mukha (face), putong (turban), and guro (teacher).

Just like India the Chinese have also left a mark in the language but that is not what they are most known for. The Chinese has left many different types of food in the Philippines that are now in the every day lives of Filipinos. Some famous Filipino dishes that are Chinese influenced are pancit, lumpia, and lechon. Some chinese influenced words are susi (key), pinto (door), and kuya (older brother). Some very important influences from the Chinese that as help revolutionize the Philippines is the use of metal and gunpowder. It would then help give Philippines the power to defend itself later on.

Probably the most influential group of people would be the Spaniards, which was during the colonization of the Philippines by the Spaniards. Even the name of the Philippines was given by the Spaniards, which was named after the king of...
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