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.
This article is excerpted from a letter sent in by a friend of Jim Muwanga, a
regular visitor and contributor to this site.