This was my family, about 23 years ago.


Some people have stayed in the Philippines but most of us have left to become OFW or Overseas Filipino Worker.


What is an OFW?


An OFW or Overseas Filipino Worker is essentially an individual who works and lives abroad. Filipinos are all over the place. Most of us are in the US but many flock to Canada, UK, Spain, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan. My dad was an OFW, he was a diplomat working in the US(we didn't have any political influence. So no, we don't have special privileges, haha)


Brief history of Filipinos


Long before Philippines was named the Philippines by King Philip of Spain, we were Ma'i. We had over 7,000 islands with hundreds of different cultures, spoke hundreds of different dialect. In my small village in Manaoag(Ma-na-wag), we spoke 3 different dialects!


The Philippines was discovered by a Portuguese Explorer named Magellan who sailed from Portugal to the Americas, down to the tip of Argentina(called Strait of Magellan), across the Pacific Ocean, and into a small island in Mactan(Mack-tan) in 1521, literally 500 years ago!


The Philippines was then handed to the US after the Spanish-American war in 1901 after the Treaty of Paris(1901) was signed. This was super frustrating for the Filipinos then because they've been fighting the Spaniards for more than 300 years, they were inches from winning the war. But the Spaniards were inclined that they'd rather hand it over to the US than the Filipinos because it was seen as reparations rather than a loss.


The US had colonized the Philippines for 40+ years. There were a lot of fighting then, but over the few decades, there were less tensions because how quickly the Philippines projected its GDP making it one of an extension of the super power. They gained independence in 1946 and had adopted the US Constitution.


Today, the Filipinos can speak Tagalog, English, and Spanish in addition to 100+ dialects.


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