The Philippine Ethnic Groups: Things We Should Thank Them For

A Southeast Asian country in the Western Pacific comprised of 7,107 islands and a recorded population of 103, 219, 664 from the latest 2017 consensus, the Philippines is inhabited by some of the different ethnic groups or formally termed as the ethnolinguistic groups which originally use the Austronesian languages.


From then, the groups diverted into two: Christians and Islam, where the former were found in Luzon and Visayas while the latter are found residing in Mindanao. We have the Cebuanos, Pangasinese, Tagalogs, Warays, Bicolanos, Ilocanos, and Kapampangans. We also have the indigenous groups, the Moros in Mindanao, and in the highlands are those called Lumads. Each was then able to create their unique ways of life. They have developed their traditions which later became their trademark throughout history. These give an explanation that the modern Filipino traditions are remains of our ancestors’ creative ideas.


From the vast diversity of ethnic groups in the Philippines, the most common are those who gave a significant impact on the dynamic evolution of the Philippine culture. The Bicolanos, which were found to be initially inherent in the Bicol region of the Philippines are known for their coconut milk and chili pepper dishes. Today, one of the many delicious Filipino cuisines that everyone is proud of is the Bicol Express. The Ibanags of Isabela, Nueva Ecija and Cagayan are known for their description of having dark elbows, tall physique, and commendable nose bridges. The Kapampangans were famous for their festivities like street dancing which accords to one of the Christian celebrations, the Feast of Santa Lucia. They have also influenced other Filipinos with their scrumptious recipe of Kare-Kare, sisig, and tocino. The Ivatans from the Batanes Group of Islands who were Christians in the majority but still had no trace in their ancestral roots was known for having hazel eyes, flat and short types of a nose as contrary to the Ibanags, pearly white teeth, and thick black hair. And lastly, the Ilocanos which usually is the most common and is the third largest ethnolinguistic group in the Philippines has influenced the nation of their healthy food favorite, the Pinakbet which is a dish of steamed vegetables mixed with any fish, but usually freshwater fish. Another thing remarkable about the Ilocanos is their fond of eating bagoong, which is a condiment made of either a fermented fish or a krill with salt.


The discussed above were just very few and just an overview of the immense formidable riches of the Philippine spirit. Of any kind that comes, all that matters is the Filipino families have well accepted these ethnic group and their influences no matter what the labeled conformities are regarding their different customs and traditions. It is a success that the Philippines was able to uphold these assemblies into a self-governing nation until its wildest dream of being the progressive Philippines, a progressive country in Asia.