Cultural Analysis

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Filipino Pride Learning about other cultures is very worthwhile, but the lesson you walk away with is the most gratifying part of it all. People often visit other countries hoping to see beautiful sights and take a thousand pictures. Then, they go back to where they are from, and they do not even bother to mingle with the locals and really learn what the people of that country are really about. It would be very rewarding if just for one minute people will look past the travel brochures and really look at the country they are visiting. With this essay, I am hoping that people will have a glimpse of the history, culture and values, and common misconceptions or stereotyping about Filipinos. Filipinos history goes back a long time. My History teacher taught me that Spanish has the most influence on Filipinos. Though Americans and Japanese came to the Philippines too, they did not stay as long as the Spanish did. According to the Philippine-history.org, Spain ruled the Philippines for 356 years. This was also stated on Philippine-history.org: In 1521, Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer who was serving the Spanish crown, landed in Samar Island on his voyage to circumvent the globe. He explored the islands and named it Archipelago of San Lazaro. Magellan was killed during a rebellion led by a Datu named Lapu Lapu in Mactan Island (adjacent to Cebu Island). Spain continued to send expeditions to the island for financial gain and on the fourth expedition, Commander Ruy Lopez de Villalobos, named the islands: Philippines, after Prince Philip (later King Philip II), heir to the Spanish throne. Spain ruled the Philippines for 356 years (Synopsis of the Philippines History). In 1898, the Americans came and helped the Filipinos defeat the Spanish. Also, it gave the opportunity for the Filipinos to be free from the Spanish and prosper as a nation. Unfortunately, in

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