Spanish influence on Filipino culture

Spanish Influence On Filipino Culture

Spanish influence on Filipino culture

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Hispanic influence on Filipino culture are customs and traditions of the Philippines which originated from three centuries of Spanish colonization. The Philippines has also received influences from the United States and other cultures of Asia such as Chinese, Malay, Hindu and Muslim. This makes the Philippines a multicultural society. Filipinos today speak a variety of different languages; the most common being Ilocano, Tagalog, Cebuano, English and Spanish. There are thousands of Spanish loan words in most Filipino languages and a Spanish creole language called Chavacano is spoken by about one million Filipinos in the southern Philippines. The Philippines, having been one of the most distant Spanish colonies, received less migration of people from Spain, compared to the colonies in Latin America. Nonetheless, many of the Spanish elements in the culture of the Philippines have become part of the country's traditions.


Negritudes and a group of Austronesian speaking people called the Malay people were the first people to settle the islands of the Philippines who brought with them influences from Hindu, Malay and Islamic cultures.

The Philippines was governed from Mexico City as a territory of the Vice royalty of New Spain from 1565 to...
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