Ok, The Philippines is populated by Austronesian people. Austronesia means, "the southern islands." This is the name of our language family as well as our ancient culture and racial stock. For those of you that feel we are ASIAN, in part we are. The Chinese have been coming around since about 1000 AD. They have mixed with us over the years. During the 13th century trade increased with mainland Asia and for a while it became popular and a sign of status to marry a foreign wife among the nobility.

For those of you that feel we are PACIFIC ISLANDERS, the answer to that question is YES. Our native languages are closely related to Indonesian, Microneisan and Polynesian as well as the natives of Taiwan who were there before the Chinese. Like us and other PACIFIC ISLANDERS, they tattooed, have similar mythologies, practiced head-hunting, built canoes etc. So are Filipinos ASIANS or PACIFIC ISLANDERS? The answer is BOTH. Check out: apat-na-alon-tribe.com for info on our ancient tattooing.

A word on ALIBATA or BAYBAYIN.
This writing style is not indigenous to the Philippines. It was introduced by Indic-Malay traders about the 12th century. This is why words like "langit" are spelled "la-ngi" without the final "T." Hard consenants in Alibata were not used until the Spanish created the "x" or "+" marks to indicate a vowel closing consenant. This also explains why ALIBATA was not used to record histories etc. because it was not native. We passed on our geneologies and history orally like other ancient Austronesian groups. Alibata has been adopted into our culture like so many things in our past.
If you want to do a simple test to see if you are Pacific Islander, go to another Pacific Islander and ask them if "mata" means "eye" in their language too. Chances are that their word will be the same or very similar. Samoan, Tongan and Tahitian say "mata." Hawaiian is "maka." Chamorro is "ata."
by ~L April 22, 2005
Synonym for "nurse" (Southern Californian English and other related dialects).
Patient: I think I need more pain medication

Patient's companion: Do you want me to get the Filipino lady?

Patient: Yes.
by FlipRN January 20, 2011
Filipinos are descendants of the Philippine Islands, an area in the Asian continent. However, Filipinos have little in common with other Asians such as the Vietnamese, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, etc.

Filipinos are Pacific Islanders. They have more in common with the people of the neighboring islands of Samoa, Guam, and Hawaii.
Are Filipinos considered Asian or Pacific Islanders?

They're Pacific Islanders. They have more in common with Samoans, Guamanians, and Hawaiians than they do with Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean people.
by spreadingtruth February 26, 2010
1) people coming from, were born in, or are citizens of, the Philippines
general characteristics are:
-flat noses
-brown skin
-black/dark brown hair
-around 4-6 feet in height
-hard workers
-a love for foreign brands (a.k.a colonial mentality)
-strong feeling of camaraderie (a.k.a bayanihan)
-if they call themselves "PINOY", it means they are filipino.
-over-dramatic acting
-weird soap operas
-versions of popular foreign tv shows are often popularized.
(ex. Deal or No Deal, Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader (kakasa ka ba sa grade 5?), Survivor, Don't Forget The Lyrics (the singing bee, k!), Jeopardy (Game K N B?))
-food-loving
-good at cooking
-has relatives aspiring to work abroad

2) the OFFICIAL language of the Philippines,
(the filipino word for the language=pilipino, and the nationality=filipino)
that uses an alphabet comprising of originally 20 letters,
but 8 'hiram na letra' or 'borrowed letters' have been
added, namely, C, F, J, ñ, Q, V, and X.

3) for us sadly bored students of the Philippines, it is also a subject, feared and almost as hated as Math. ;_; a small percent of us actually fail at it.

Pinoy- filipino person/s

OFW- Overseas Filipino Workers

People Power- the nick for the first ever peaceful revolution

GMA- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, president (as of 2008), corrupt, and generally hated

Manny Pacquiao- boxing champion

jeep/dyip/jeepneys- a sort of popular public transport (google it)

Taglish- a mix of english and tagalog, often spoken by EVERYONE in the Philippines.


filipino girl- "Mama, punta lang ako sa mall, ha? I'll be back mamaya-maya."

(Mom, i'm just going to the mall, ok? I'll be back later.)

by animeragon September 16, 2008
A native of the Philippines, so called in honour of Spanish king Philip II. Filipinos are notorious for being the only Hispanics in Asia. Family-oriented people, they are fond of fiestas, church-going and commercial centers. They speak Malay languages mixed with an awful lot of Spanish words. They like dancing Iberian dances, as the jota, and eat lechón, mechado, arroz caldo, pan de sal and many more Spanish delicacies. Filipinos shock their Spanish brethren from Spain and America for not being able to speak Spanish.Instead, they try to converse with them in broken English, a language that most Hispanics totally ignore. Filipinos have Spanish names and surnames, although many of them seem to ignore that fact. They are fond of Spanish diminutives to call themselves, as Lito, Pilita, Solita, Conchín, Tato, Manín, Cory, Luli, and many more. Although the Philippines enjoyed a wonderful architectural Spanish heritage, everything was destroyed by the Americans, so now they have nothing.
A los filipinos les encanta merendar
Filipinos are very fond of picnicking.

by fonsucu September 12, 2008
A person who speaks only in consonants
"I speak fluent Filipino- mkp gsdt lknpx7c"
by xenarthra October 10, 2010
A bunch of people that quarrel over petty things such as TV Networks.
Filipinos always think that ABS-CBN is better than GMA, or vice-versa. Either way, it's pointless and stupid to argue about stuff like that. Both stations suck, anyway.
by papasmith June 02, 2010

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