Disappearing Languages in the Philippines

  • January 09, 2012     Friendly Borders Staff

Manila – Languages around the world are dying at an alarming rate. It is unclear to linguists and historians how many languages have vanished in the past centuries, but some estimate that more than 10,000 languages once existed. Only ...
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Zamboangueño Chavacanos: Preserving a Language and Identity

  • December 12, 2011     Friendly Borders Staff

Zamboanga – The vigorous original Zamboangueño Chavacanos, also referred to as simply Chavacanos, are composed of families that are native to the old Zamboanga. Their language is called Zamboangueño, which is a one of six Chavacano ...
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“Chinoy Languages: Minnan and Cantonese”

  • October 10, 2011     Dr. Fan Dei, Jinan University, China

Guangzhou – Chinese had been living in the archipelago that was to become the Philippines long before the islands were overrun by Spanish colonizers. However, the specific era of the Chinese migration to the Philippines is unknown because...
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The Mandaya People

  • September 12, 2011     Manny Bigornia, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Quezon City – Consisting of both the non-Christian and non-Islamic, the Mandaya are found throughout Davao Oriental and Davao del Norte, Mindanao. Their name denotes the “first people upstream” and derived from man “first” and ...
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Khmer New Year Celebration

  • August 15, 2011     Vichheka Sok

Phnom Penh – The Khmer New Year is one of the major celebrations in Cambodian culture. This is a happy time when the radio plays Khmer traditional music for special ceremonies, and farmers enjoy the fruits of their harvest and relax ...
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The Ifugao People

  • July 11, 2011     Manny Bigornia, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Quezon City – The Ifugao call themselves as i-pugao or “inhabitants of the known earth”; other variations of the name are Ifugaw, Ipugao, and Yfugao. They live primarily in the province of Ifugao in Central Cordillera, in ...
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The Bagobo People

  • May 06, 2011     Manny Bigornia, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Quezon City – The Bagóbo are a proud people with proto Malayan features and with a strong social structure enabled them, as a group, to integrate with the main body politic while retaining much of their indigenous customs, beliefs, and ...
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Cholita Dress – A Blend of Time and Place at the Top of the World

  • March 14, 2011     Joe O'Donnell, Berkeley University

Berkeley – In this day and age, with the wide diffusion of North American fashion, very few cultures remain that are readily identifiable by their dress alone. And while the appearance of a burqa or an Inuit anorak may provide an ...
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The Kalinga People

  • February 07, 2011     Manny Bigornia, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Quezon City – Esteemed as “the strong people of the Cordilleras”, Kalingans, simultaneously, profoundly cherish family and kinship. A Kalinga household consists of a nuclear family and sometimes, an aged grandparent; generally...
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Korean-Filipinos, Filipino-Koreans

  • October 04, 2010     Dr. Seong-woo Choi, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Seoul – The term “Korean-Filipino” refers to a person (1) who is half-Korean and half-Filipino, and lives in the Philippines or (2) who was born in the Philippines to Korean parents. Since the Philippines allows dual citizenship but ...
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