• 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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Disappearing Languages in the Philippines

  • January 09, 2012     George Molina

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     George Molina

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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