The Filipino (also known as Pilipino
) are citizens of the Philippines
. There are about 92 million Filipinos in the Philippines, Most Filipinos refer to themselves colloquially as "Pinoy"
), which is a slang
word formed by taking the last four letters of "Pilipino"
and adding the diminutive suffix "-y"
. The lack of the letter "F"
in the pre-1987 Philippine alphabet, Abakada
, had caused the letter "F"
to be substituted with "P"
. This is why, when the 28-letter modern Filipino alphabet was made official in 1987, the name Filipino
was preferred over Pilipino
. The name Filipino
was chosen by the Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos
, who named the islands "las Islas Filipinas" ("the Philippine Islands") after Philip II of Spain
Pre - Colonial:
In 2010, a metatarsal
from "Callao Man
" discovered in 2007 was dated through uranium-series dating
as being 67,000 years old. Prior to that, the earliest human
remains found in the Philippines were thought to be the fossilized fragments of a skull and jawbone, discovered in the 1960s by Dr. Robert B. Fox, a North American anthropologist
of the National Museum.... Read More