Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Philippine Trivia (2)

  • The Tagalog dialect has about 5,000 Spanish loan words; 1,500 Chinese words; 400 Sanskrit words; and 100 Mexican words.

Buwisit (Unlucky) is Chinese in origin, asawa (spouse) is Indian, bayabas (guava) is Mexican and bukas (tomorrow) is Arabic.{Written Aug 15 99} The Filipino name Leila is Arabic in origin.

  • The USA bought the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam from Spain in 1898. The bloody Philippine-American Independence War from 1899 to 1902 ensued, killing 4,000 Americans and how many Filipinos? About 16,000 were killed in action and 200,000 civilians died from famine and pestilence. It was the deadliest war against Filipinos.

  • During the American occupation of the Philippines, the only Filipino general who refused to take the Oath of Allegiance to the US was Artemio Ricarte of Batac, Ilocos Norte.

  • In 1990, Stanley Karnow won the Pulitzer Prize in history for his book In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines.