C1RR#2: "How did the colonization and invasion of countless countries into the Philippines, effect it’s culture, beliefs and ideals as a nation?"

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


Original Post

Hi Aiesha!

Nice research! I don't know much about the topic, but I think it's great that you're learning more about your culture and where its beliefs came from. One thing I read about the influence Spanish people had in the Philippines was language and the types of names parents gave their children. That is, before the Spanish invasion, there were no surnames. People would name their children based on physical characteristics, qualities, or coincidental events, but this confused the Spanish people so they gave them a list of surnames to choose from.

Here is a couple of websites you can use in your research about the influence the Spanish occupation had in the Philippines:



Hope this helps!

Hi Aiesha

To start off, I am glad to learn much about colonization in Philippines. I also like the way you have began digging deep into your inquiry question, right from  long ago. With the coming of new people to Philippines, I really wonder what is the influence they left to the original inhabitants in terms of clothing, eating, architectural design, customs and religious practices, say the Spanish for example. All the best in your next research!

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