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The Hispanized Malay: the Philippines in the Malay world

Mohd Noor Merican, Ahmad Murad (2021) The Hispanized Malay: the Philippines in the Malay world. Melaka Hari Ini, 7 March 2021.

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To this day, the Filipino is still seeking his identity. The ghost of the Spanish colonial order lingers on. I have encountered colleagues and acquaintances from the Philippines over the years. Many still wonder on their roots. Some like Joan Valenzuela, a colleague from a previous university was ambivalent. He (yes, Joan is a ‘he’) delved into the discourse on indigenization, of the Pantayong Pananaw – translated as “from us-to-us perspective” in Philippine historiography. But he stopped short of his Malay origins. But to Dr. Fernando A. Santiago, Jr, associate professor of History at the De La Salle University in Manila, and vice-president of the Philippine Historical Association, the story is different. I first met Fernando at a conference in Manila some years ago. In 2019, he spoke at the conference on the history and culture of the Malay Archipelago, co-organized by the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, International Islamic University, Malaysia (ISTAC-IIUM), and the national historical societies of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines in Kuala Lumpur. Fernando’s paper was titled “Spanish Colonialism and the Emergence of the ‘Hispanized Malay’ in the Philippines.” And his deliberation that day in September reflected an honest commitment to his Malayness and the Malay origins of the Filipino.

Item Type: Article (Newspaper)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General) > B69 History and systems
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM621 Culture
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2024 11:55
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2024 11:56
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/111473

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