The Philippines have had countless foreign contacts well before Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the islands in March 16, 1521. The early Filipinos and the Chinese have been trading goods for centuries. It had some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, a praise that have never tarnished through times. These very vibrant foreign interactions made the Philippines a ‘Pearl of the Orient’. The Filipino culture is gleaming with a diversity of ethnic groups originating from Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian).
Ethnic groups are predominantly composed of the Ilocano, Pangasinense, Kapampangan, Tagalog, Bicolano, and Visayan. After all these years of imperialist occupations, the Philippines have become a melting pot of many races. Ship wrecked sailors would be stranded in an island and marry local girls, thus resulting to the birth of the Filipinos with mixed blood. Colloquially known as Mestizos or Mestizas (The word mestizo is of Spanish origin, and was originally used in the Americas to describe people of mixed European and Amerindian descent. These were a beautiful branch of a burgeoning new class of people who are not only a very welcome addition to the Filipino fabric but also a good example of good international relations. These were mostly individuals raised above the middle class in the Philippines which made them very appealing to the entertainment industry because of their high level of education and good looks. Unfortunately, its this ‘new’ class of lighter skinned Filipino’s that have managed to interbreed both genetically, financially and politically into a group of about 22 families that control most of the Philippines. And that is, above and beyond all the wonderful and greatness of the Filipines assimilated cultures, the one sad blight on Filipino society. It keeps those families rich and the Filipino’s poor.
Manuel Villar, the Philippine senate president, who is worth $940 million, up from $110 last year. He got a big boost from the public offering of Vista Land & Lifescapes. Seven other tycoons including Tony Tan Caktiong and Enrique Razon Jr. saw their fortunes jump by at least $100 million. Fifteen others are wealthier than last year.