Research Round 2: Early roots of the first peoples in the Philippines (Con.)
As promised this second round will cover F. Landa Jocano’s Theory of Evolution. So lets begin!
Jocano’s theory believes that Filipinos descended from Negritoes and Malays who migrated there thousands of years ago. However, its hard to prove that Negritoes were the first to inhabit the Philippines. Despite that, what we know for sure from fossil evidence the first peoples who went to the Philippines, also went to New Guinea, Java, Borneo, and Australia.
More recently a skull cap and portion of a jaw was found and carbon dated. The age of these parts were placed at 21,000 to 22,000 years old. This proves (according to Jocano) that man went to the Philippines first before going to the Malay Peninsula, meaning the first peoples of the Philippines could have not came from the Malay Peninsula.
The first peoples were said to resemble a “Java man” or a “Peking man”. They gathered fruits, leaves and plants for food. Their weapons were made of stone. To this day, research is still being done to find more about his life and culture. However, evidence shows us that he was able to use his brain to ensure his safety and survival.
Jocano believes that southeast Asians are a product of migration and evolution. Research shows that they all shared the same culture beliefs, tools, practices and implements. Eventually they all went their own separate ways.
So that concludes my second research round and final round on the first peoples to occupy the Philippines. Next post I will be covering the Spanish occupation in the Philippines. Please tell me what you think and ill see you all in the next post!
-Aiesha Mae Trivino