5 thoughts on “Original Black Filipinos: The Negritos of Philipines”

  1. The true story of Adam

    A good story starts by a good promise that put a little smile on the lip of the reader impatient to discover not the end, but what is coming on…
    I’ll start by apologies as my English is quite “travaillé”, but I hope you’ll understand that I want to share..
    You “as me” who have in your heritage, the religions of the book as, Christianly, Judaism, and Islam have read or heard that when the world was created “I won’t discuss about the fall/fault of the couple of inhabitants at this period” the Almighty took father Adam and ask him to name everything that live and exist on earth as he was to be the ruler.
    Of course, water has gone since this time and no-one recall which language Adam used when he was naming things, places and animals as his Creator asked him, has he used the language of angels or signs as he was very young in his humanity (prehistoric man, eh)…Many attempts to discover this language of Adam have produced remarkables theories as the Babel tower. Languages are a marvelous gift; I am not convinced we have again sinned to obtain them.
    Whatever for me religions contain many knowledge about man and his history and all religions gathered may conduct to THE UNKNOWN (if one not become silly by trying to study them all, exception for the Saints). I am a fan of the Persian poet Jalal Al Din Rumi who says that truth is like the mirror spilled, and each piece contains a parcel. The problem nowadays is that everyone wants to be the sole detainer of the mirror.
    Life is not easy, material things to do but more difficult is questions I was turning in my head, is there a language of angel as we (Africans, yes we are so funny and useless!) say babies understand, or Adam have been teached all languages as he has been teached all professions (boys go back to your books): very doubtful theory in a mind that enjoys so much laziness!
    I have never dreamt there was an answer, I even did not get upset about it, come on I have a life to life, and after all this is a God’s matter…if he decide he want us to know he will find way and means for us OK!!!
    Then I heard about Cheikh Anta Diop and read about his research…Africain man was first man created and has emigrated everywhere…so there was an Adam
    – first discovery (after all, who says that the Books were not just symbolic, I was to say sometimes before first step). African man has settled civilization everywhere: bringing agriculture, arts, religion, techniques, philosophy – admit with me that our boys singing rap have the right to do so, we have worked so hard, in the past, by creating and settling everything: let them enjoy music and good time now, yeah!
    -Second discovery Pathe Diagne’s method called ramakushi: with ramakushi you put the finger on that language that father Adam speaks and how every name of place, thing, ceremony, arts, music etc derivated from this holly language( a bantou language, that is still hugely spoken in black African).

    To be continued…
    For more informations pls check book’s authors
    • Cheikh Anta Diop Antériorité des civilisations négres : mythe ou vérité historique ?, Paris, Présence Africaine, 1967

    • Pathé Diagne : La révolution Ramakushi ou l’archéologie linguistique et culturelle de la préhistoire spirituelle et intellectuelle de l’humanité

  2. This a friends reply to this article

    My friend Jim Muwanga,

    As for the black people of the Philippines, I have actually been to
    see them. I have written about this before. They mainly live in the
    central islands called Iloilo. Unfortunately, they live in extreme
    poverty and suffer from racist discrimination and are largely
    illiterate, those who move to the cities live in terrible slums and
    often just beg as a way of living.

    Their physical growth is very stunted, a majority just tend to be
    about 5 feet tall. When I went to their village, they were so shocked
    to see a black man just like them t who was so much taller than them
    and taller than most Filipinos.I took some pictures with them where I
    am more than one foot taller than them And they were so shocked that I
    went to their village accompanied by a malay-chinese girlfriend,
    something that just does not happen in their experience, because they
    are so much discriminated against that there is hardly any
    inter-racial marriage between the Malay/Chinese and the black
    Negritos.

    But there are aslo a lot of tribal groups in the Philippines, often
    called lumads, most of whom live in the 18th century and are often
    abused by landlords and the government army. These tribal minorities
    form the critical mass base for the communist insurgency that has
    been raging in the country since the second world war.

  3. Iam reading your thoughts for the first time, you seem to have a alots of knowledge on Black History, what is your backfground meaning where or you from? I AM not being personal I am also reasearching the background of the Africans, from all over the world, their is so much knowledge that at times it its quiet over whelming reason for that, is i find the history so rich,
    powerfully, colorfully, rainbows, I find this history is often hidden from so many of us, we don’t know who we are and esp, here in America we seem so brain dead, The word Brainwashing is so damn powerffully corrupt, and it is a master plan of Evil, well i shouldn’t elborate any more, please if you can send a list of books on African HISTORY SUBJECTS

  4. Our ancestors in the Philippines are ebony Black, from the ancient pygmy tribes Aeta, Ati, Dumagat, Mamanwa, Tagbanua etc. We even share their facial features, even though most of the rest of us were mixed with Malayo-Polynesians, Chinese and Spanish and so our skin is now brown and so some of us have some Asian and European features too.

    There is an old Philippine story we still tell among ourselves of how 10 Datus (chiefs) from Borneo arrived on the island of Panay in prehistory. They were running away from the expansion of Muslim kingdoms over their old Srivijaya kingdom in what is now our kin nations of Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia. There, the 10 Datus met the paramount king of the original Black Ati people called Marikudo, who traded some of his coastal land with Datu Puti, the prime minister of Rajah (king) Makatunaw for a salakot (conical hat) made of pure gold, silk and other gifts; then honored the oath in a blood-oath ritual which we call “sandugo”. He agreed that the Ati share the land with the many thousands of Malayan refugees called Visayans, and as the sandugo was already done, both groups (Visayan and Ati) were immidiately to be considered as kin, so of course we intermixed. The Ati who returned to the hills had a terrible harvest many many years later, and famine ensued. They made their way down to the coast and their Malayan cousins (the Visayan people) remembered their sandugo with them, and provided their Black kin with food and provisions. The Ati and Visayans feasted as a result of the end of the famine. To this day this feast still exists called “ati-atihan” (To blacken) in which the Malayan descendants of the 10 datus in panay island blacken their faces in gratitude and dance to the same rhythm they danced with to celebrate the sandugo of blacks and malayans (when the Spanish came, they forced the natives to dedicate it to the Child Jesus/Santo Nino, but we Filipinos know the 10 Datu story and know the real reason why it is still performed).

    Our islands became rich, so much so that the other Asians called us Suvarnadvipa (land of gold). One group of Visayans moved north to become the Tagalog people, who are the people of Manila our capital city, and their language is the government language now of our country. When the Spanish colonizers came in the 1500s, they changed this peaceful coexistence.

    This is how the Tagalog (main ethnic group of Manila) upper-classes looked when the Spanish first arrived in the 1500s: https://40.media.tumblr.com/de5c119a1b63c1ae13e3236d1a94f2cc/tumblr_mo6swenTpW1rrjpupo1_400.jpg
    Note the black skinned chief with brown skinned queen, the two native groups in the Philippines, and all the gold and silk worn.

    When the Spanish came, they force converted the mixed coastal Malayan population like the Tagalogs and Visayans to Catholicism, and the Aeta/Ati fled to the forests and island interiors to escape the Spanish. The Spanish then indoctrinated the coastal people against their own dark brown skin and slowly, a self-denigrating culture appeared, along with a history in which they were put onto sugar and hemp plantations, the Spanish soldiers, priests and hacienda owners raped the serf women and stole from villages, and many uprisings were quelled with bloodshed.

    In the 19th we won our freedom from the Spanish, albeit for a short while, because the Americans then took over and immediately called us the “Niggers of Asia”. In some ways they were worse than the Spanish. This is how they depicted us in their newspapers: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/ba/d5/bd/bad5bd1e2401e1761b593f46dfa8f55b.jpg

    We are now an independent nation, but we have so many scars from our past that as a result, so many of our women are caught up with whitening their skin nowadays to look “mestizo”, due to post-colonial mentality. Shade-ism exists in full force in our media, and the poor in our country who do not finish their full education have no idea that they too are the descendants of Black people, and are quick to call on how different the Aeta are in their nappy hair, shorter stature and darker skin tones.

    Despite this ignorance among some, there will always be Filipinos who will pass our ancient history down to our children, as those who came before us did. Hope this history shares light on the Black history of the Philippines from a Filipino person, which you will not find in Eurocentric history books.

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