Except for a few religious minorities, the Philippines has also become thoroughly Christianized and boasts of being the only country in Southeast Asia with a Christian majority. This piece is, however, about the rich culture the country had before colonization. These folktales were based on specific themes and aimed to pass down traditions and cultural beliefs through generations. Spanish influence on Filipino culture (Spanish: Influencia hispánica en la cultura filipina) are customs and traditions of the Philippines which originated from three centuries of Spanish [1] colonisation. It is vital to note that the name Philippine is attributed to Dominican Priest and Spanish explorer Ruy Lopez de Villalobos who named the Philippine Islands after Phillip II in 1543. The name was automatically adopted henceforth. A country cannot be a colony for over three hundred years and not imbibe the culture of the colonizer. The Philippines is an Asian country made up of more than 7000 islands. Weaving Philippine weaving involves many threads being measured, cut, and mounted on a wooden platform.The threads are dyed and weaved on a loom. Except for de los Santos, carvers were anonymous artisans before the 19 th century. Despite all of these influences, the old Asian culture of Filipinos has been retained and are clearly seen in their way of life, beliefs and customs. Before the coming of Spanish colonizers, the people of the Philippine archipelago had already attained a semicommunal and semislave social system in many parts and also a feudal system in certain parts, especially in Mindanao and Sulu, where such a … [5] Before Spanish colonization, native Filipinos weaved using fibers from abaca, pineapple, cotton, and bark cloth.Textiles, clothes, rugs, and hats were weaved. On Philippine History and Culture; Photo Gallery ... for most of the period of Spanish colonization, Cotabato enjoyed trading beeswax and Chinese goods with imperial Manila. The Spanish colonization of the Philippines brought about numerous influences because the Spaniards had the luxury of time in penetrating the Filipino culture. Ancient Filipino literature was primarily made up of legends and folklore which were the main forms of literature before the Spanish colonization of the country. The Philippines were ruled by Western powers - first the Spanish and later the United States, for some 350 years. The Spaniards colonized the Philippines for more than three centuries, the longest period that the Philippines experienced foreign rule. In 1560 it was conquered by the Spaniards. Cultural Center of the Philippines Tiongson, Nicanor G. CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Visual Arts, Cultural Center of the Philippines. By: Adrianne Dianne Isabelle R. Saldua During the pre-Hispanic period, the Philippines had a simple type of culture; the type of education being taught was basic, and it was taught in the standard alphabet, Alibata or Baybayin. For the first centuries of Spanish colonization, painting was limited to religious icons. The Philippines is a country that has varied cultural influences. The Spaniards colonized the Philippines for more than three centuries, the longest period that the Philippines experienced foreign rule. The Spanish colonization of the Philippines brought about numerous influences because the Spaniards had the luxury of time in penetrating the Filipino culture. Most of these influences are results of previous colonization, deriving mainly from the culture of Spain and the United States. Such is the case with the Philippines which was a Spanish colony from 1521 to 1898 when the colonial rule ended with a Filipino revolution cut short when Spain ceded the country to the Americans with the signing of the Treaty of Paris for twenty million dollars. 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