The Bugis People of South Sulawesi

  • February 29, 2016     Friendly Borders

Jakarta – The Bugis or Buginese people make up two-thirds of the 9 million-plus population of South Sulawesi, an island in the east of Borneo in today’s Indonesia. The Bugis are the most dominant ethnic group in the region renowned as ...
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The Kubu

  • January 31, 2016     Manny Bigornia, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Jakarta – Deep in the rainforests of central and southern Sumatra are its indigenous inhabitants, the nomadic Kubu. Amongst their own, they call themselves Suku Anak Dalam or Orang Rimba – “people of the forest” or “land ...
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Unique Rituals among Ethnic Groups

  • January 04, 2016     Friendly Borders

beauty noun beau•ty ˈbyü-tē : the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit Manila – Appreciating beautiful things is part of human nature. ...
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  • December 14, 2015     Manny Bigornia, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Taiwan – Seediq (Sediq) is one of the many aboriginal groups of Taiwan. On April 23, 2008, the Taiwanese government officially recognized Seediq as the 14th indigenous tribal group in the country. The Seediq are comprised of three ...
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Beyond Pacquiao and Boxing: Revisiting Filipino-Mexican Cultural Ties

  • November 15, 2015     Kristoffer R. Esquejo

Manila – Whenever I see Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao fighting a Mexican boxer, I look at it in a historical context, as if I am witnessing a struggle between one of the Visayan warriors named by Spanish chroniclers as ...
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Chaoxianzhu – The Korean Chinese of China

  • November 03, 2015     Friendly Borders

Hong Kong – Statistically, people of Korean origin in China or the Chaoxianzhu don’t even reach 1% of its 1.4 billion population. But the culture and identity of the Chaoxianzhu in China is definitely very much alive and blossoming. ...
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The Minangkabau of West Sumatera

  • June 30, 2012     Sutria Rahayu, Universitas Negeri Padang, West Sumatera

Padang – The Minangkabau is the largest matrilineal ethnic group in the world, but its members are predominantly Islamic, which is a patriarchal religion. These two contrasting systems – matrilineal and patrilineal – are thus the ...
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Dulce de Leche – the Sweet Soul of Argentinean Cuisine

  • May 21, 2012     Joe O'Donnell, Berkeley University

Berkeley – The cuisine of Argentina is largely a product of the confluence of geography and immigrant culture. The pampas, South America’s vast, grassy flatlands, dominate Argentina’s landscape east of the Andes. These fertile...
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History of the Spanish Community in the Philippines

  • May 21, 2012     Dr. Isaac Donoso Jiménez, University of Alicante, Spain

Madrid – The pressures, to which the Spanish community in the Philippines was subjected to, throughout history a notable peculiarity as compared to other Spanish migrant groups. On one hand, during the modern age, the Philippines became a...
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The Ikalahan People

  • February 13, 2012     Manny Bigornia, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Quezon City – The Kayapa Ikalahan population was widely scattered in northeastern Pangasinan, western Nueva Vizcaya, and western Ifugao on the main island of Luzon. Included in the generic term Igorot, meaning “mountain people”, ...
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