Philippines is culturally diverse due to its geographical setting and colonizer’s cultural influences.
Spanish Influenced. During Spanish colonization that lasted 333 years, Roman Catholicism spread throughout the archipelago and Hispanic influence heavily impacted the country’s culture. The Philippines, then being governed from both Mexico and Spain, received a fair bit of Hispanic influence from the regions. Spanish language becomes the foundation of Filipino language spoken in modern times. The hint of Spanish influenced is also manifested in the structures of building throughout the country. Spain supremacy continue to spawn in cuisine, Philippine cuisine nowadays includes some influences from Spanish style of food preparation and culture.
Philippines is known for its colourful and happiest celebrated traditions around the world. One good example of that is “fiesta” celebrated in different regions in the country. Spain introduced that long ago during their regime. The adoration of saints and the Virgin Mary serves as mere depiction of thanksgiving celebration for blessed and fruitful harvest that passed throughout the year. Though, Spain has greatly influenced us in culture, the great oppression and enslavement sparks Philippine revolution to gain the freedom and independence denied for Filipino people.
American Regime. Colonization continued to dominate when America take part in World War 1, western culture has started to took over in the country. America helped the country to regain the independency and settled in good terms between Spain after the war. During America’s regime, western culture has greatly influenced the way people live nowadays. From the music, lifestyle to clothing, western culture dominated and captured the eyes of the Filipino people. English language was introduced and since then become part of the official languages in the country. American touch greatly influenced Philippine culture that shapes the country’s distinct society and cultural diversity.
Japan Occupation. When Japan becomes a superpower during World War 2, their one goal is to spread Japanese culture to the countries they occupy. Because the Japanese were there for such a short period, they didn’t leave much that was permanently adopted into the Filipino culture. But they definitely did change the way things were done during their time in the Philippines. Today their influence in the Philippines is quite prevalent. But it wasn’t so back then. Today, the most notable Japanese influence on Filipino culture has been in influences in Art, Videoke (Karaoke version in the Philippines), Anime and architectural influences.
These cultural influences have changed the way we perceived the world but nonetheless; it makes our cultural identity rich and vibrant. Lastly, the colourful and lively Philippine culture that makes every Filipino distinct is the one thing that makes every Filipino people different from the rest of the world.