Attempting To Set The Record Straight
So much confusion abounds on the Internet about The Philippines and its People. I just have to set the record straight and educate those who think otherwise, who might have a more narrow, concentric view of Asians, when they are actually a broad, diverse group of ethnicities, countries and cultures.
A Stanford University study conducted during 2001 revealed that Haplogroup O3-M122 (labeled as “Haplogroup L” in this study) is the most common Y-chromosome DNA haplogroup found among Filipinos. This particular haplogroup is also predominant among Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese. Another haplogroup, Haplogroup O1a-M119 (labeled as “Haplogroup H” in this study), is also found among Filipinos. The rates of Haplogroup O1a are highest among the Taiwanese aborigines and Chamic-speaking people.
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Overall, the genetic frequencies found among Filipinos point to the Ami tribe of Taiwan as their nearest genetic ancestors. These findings are consistent with the theory that ancestors of the Filipino people have originated on continental East or Southeast Asia before migrating to the Philippines via Taiwan. A 2002 China Medical University study indicated that Filipinos shared genetic chromosome that is found among Asian people, such as Taiwanese aborigines, Indonesians, Thais and Chinese.
A variety of research study by the University of the Philippines, genetic chromosome were found in Filipinos which are shared by people from different parts of East Asia, and Southeast Asia. The predominant genotype detected was SC, the Southeast Asian genotype.
The official population of mixed-blood individuals in the Philippines remain unknown. However, according to a recent study conducted by Stanford University Asia-Pacific Research Center, less than 3.6% of the Philippine population has varying degrees of European ancestry from Spanish and United States colonization.
What does all this say?
Well, genetically speaking Filipinos originated from East Asia and Southeast Asia, including the aboriginal Ami tribe of Taiwan, and the peoples of what are now known to be Malaysia and Indonesia. And these people originated from mainland Asia. But there is also evidence of aboriginal tribes in the Philippines that pre-dates the migration of peoples from mainland Asia.
The Filipino is basically of Malay stock with a sprinkling of Chinese, American, Spanish and Arab blood.
The Filipino character is actually a little bit of all the cultures put together. The bayanihan or spirit of kinship and camaraderie that Filipinos are famous for, is said to be taken from Malay forefathers. The close family relations are said to have been inherited from the Chinese. The piousness comes from the Spaniards who introduced Christianity in the 16th century. Hospitality is a common denominator in the Filipino character and this is what distinguishes the Filipino. Filipinos are probably one of the few, if not the only, English-proficient Oriental people today.
Phil·ip·pines – country in Southeast Asia, in the western Pacific Ocean, in the Malay Archipelago. It comprises over 7,000 islands.
The Philippines (Filipino: Pilipinas [pɪlɪˈpinɐs]) officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean.
The visitor to Metro Manila commonly sees the Philippines as the most westernized of Asian countries and in many ways, it is. But there is also a rich underlay of Malay culture beneath the patina of Spanish and American heritage. National cultural life is a happy marriage of many influences, as the indigenous Malay culture is assimilated and adapted to different strains in a practice typical of Malay temperament.
Inhabitants of the following islands and regions are not considered to be Pacific Islanders: Russia’s Kuril Islands, Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, as they are not located within the three regions of Oceania (Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia).
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, commonly abbreviated ASEAN (generally pronounced /ˈɑːsi.ɑːn/ AH-see-ahn, occasionally /ˈɑːzi.ɑːn/ AH-zee-ahn in English, the official language of the bloc), is a geo-political and economic organisation of 10 countries located in Southeast Asia, which was formed on 8 August 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Since then, membership has expanded to include Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.
I sincerely hope you found this information useful…
More Information About Filipinos Can Be Found in the Following Articles
Are Filipinos Asian? – Part II
Are Filipinos Asian? – Part III
Yes, Filipinos Are Asian!