Original Black Filipinos: The Negritos of Philipines

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  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

    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

    1. Most black Americans are the indigenous people of America. However, due to colonialism and whites changing our identity through paper (paper genocide) and making it illegal for our ancestors to identify with their heritage, this has been forgotten. Now the indigenous Americans ignorantly call themselves Africans. The United States didn’t start calling us Africans until the 1980s. Unfortunately most Americans learn from television and do not research for themselves. Especially black Americans.

      1. Us black people was migrated from Israel and we took place in the Philippines so half of our original flock is in the Philippines to remind the oppressor that they took us from such abuse..(

  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.

      1. It is not a color race that erased the past of cultures, but a combination of God forming us into one race of humans as in the past, but it is also ignorance in all people that we forget our history. Desire can drag us away from our roots and make us individuals saying this is mine not yours. So its all our faults, but if we work together we can remember our past in all things.

    1. The story tellings a lye dominants favored to the Muslim civilization. I apologise to some readers but we back to old generations do not comparison the time before and after now a days..I mean? You just imagine the passed time like 600-900 long time ago? Before the said malayans or maharlikans and Spanish people bounds to Philippines? Just imagine the,the virgin forest on that time said? No farming’s and agriculture. How can you imagine the farming at the time if the forest or the trees growth ten times above the ground? So as far as concerned the negritos some said is from Africa? How can you imagine negritos can traveled the pacipic ocean with out knowing everything’s? We back to the story of Adam and Eve. And we back to the story of homo sapiens sapiens? Or we back to the civilization of the human being? All of the studies are telling lying and favored to some legions of the peoples colonized the world.
      It seems the originally story of a human beings,,god made them in placed before the man studies.
      The point why we are studying the origin of the people along the map of the world is to know the origin of the legion or religion of the people not only in the Philippines.
      Now,I tell you guys?..
      The negritos are no religions,the black negritos are not comes from Africa either. How can you imagine the exploration of the negritos evensince the god creates this world?
      Why? Africa or what part of the worlds is an origin of all species? Like monkey in the Philippines? Like some animals in the forest are come from Africa? Because Africans are black people?
      Again? That past long long time ago? How do you imagine the green Forest in the Philippines and how negritos making a farm? It’s nonsense!!
      I corrected by how datu marikudo’s story telling of some educated persons now a days.
      The malayan datu’s from brunie are seven and not ten. And the malayan datu’s are the people of Alexander the great from Europa and we just corrected the world history not only the history of the Philippines.
      The negritos marikudo’s tribes are like a Tarzan in the forest and god made it everything’s before the studies of the human being.

      1. Are you a Filipino? If you are, let’s just talk in Filipino. Man, most of the things that you said are so wrong. You are very misinformed.

        1. I am a Filipina of Black descent. My mother is a Vasya, and my clan is from Leyte. We come from Balugo-Leyte, and Balugo is MY last name. My great-grandfather was the Chieftain of the province, I still remember him telling me stories in the nipa hut when I spent vacations with him
          So you ask Sir….Am I a Filipina. YES I AM!
          I am the first generation of Balugos born in America and I know my history. My mothers family and our ancestral home in the Philippines is on the coast. My great uncles would dive off of high cliffs holding their breath, they were pearl divers. We had the finest black pearls in the land Im told. I come from four generations of pearl divers.
          I live in the Midwest United States and I am a Black FilAm. I know my history, so don’t you dare try to “Whitewash” the ancestry of the Negrito Tribes of the Philippines
          BlackVasya Pinay
          Georgijana Maria Balugo

  5. How about if you view Black guys that the Negritos and your ancient Ancestors , referring to King Solomon from Israel and Queen of Sheba is actually a Negrita , which speak Hebrew also , it’s the Hebrew Connection that binds both the Filipinos, Chinese and the Blacks of America and Africa ?? It’s just a speculation on my part it’s because most of Southeast Asia, China and Japan and Taiwan have the same dwarf africoids back in ancient times plus ,it’s been noted that the Philippines is Ophir the Revelation said by Mr. Jose Rizal our Hero , it’s obvious that the Negritos of the Philippines served with King Hiram’s servants for the same purpose of fetching Gold, Sandalwood (Narra Tree) and Peacocks and Apes at our Country , plus we have Hebrew words added or our Tagalog language has connotations of Hebrew Meaning

    Ex. Basura (Tagalog) Trash (English) Besorah (law, Hebrew)
    Puno ng Pili , Pili Tree English (Chosen Tree)
    Paru-Paro (butterfly) Hebrew Par-par
    The Tagalog Language , has Origins from the Waray Dialect and Baybayin Alphabet
    , The same Alphabet Peleg & Joktan used after the Flood of Genesis the 2 sons of Eber/Heber/Ebre , see the Biblical Hebrew Connection between the 2 , thus it comes to no surprise that Filipinos, Chinese or Asians & Blacks have 1 origin , from Shem

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