Filipino mestizo

Filipino Mestizo

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<!--When adding additional information, please make sure it is unbiased, easy to understand, and verifiable.--><!--Please refer to people of purely Spanish descent as "Spaniards" to maintain clarity and consistency throughout the article.-->Filipino mestizo is a term used in the Philippines to describe people of mixed Filipino and foreign ancestry. The word mestizo is of Spanish origin, and was originally used in the Americas to only describe people of mixed European and Native American.

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Spanish period

The Spanish expedition in 1565, prompted a period of Spanish colonization over the Philippines which lasted for 333 years. The Roman Catholic Church played an important role in allowing Spanish settlements in the Philippines. The Spanish government and religious missionaries were quick to learn native Filipino languages and Roman Catholic rituals were interpreted in accordance with Filipino beliefs and values. As a result, a folk Roman Catholicism developed in the Philippines. A small number of White or Caucasian settlers from Spain and Mexico immigrated and their offspring (of either Spanish, or Spanish and Filipino) may have adopted the culture of their parents and grandparents, however only 3.6% of the population has White ancestries from Spanish...
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