Filipino is the name used for both the language and the people in the Philippines, but it is not that simple for a few reasons. There are over 100 languages and dialects in the Philippines, the Philippines Constitution declared Filipino the official language in 1987, but if you ask people from the Philippines what language they speak they will say Tagalog which is the language Filipino is based on. Others may say they speak another regional language. A census in 2000 found that just over 26 million spoke Tagalog, the same census said the population was 75.33 million.
The people call themselves Filipinos and most of the world use the word Filipino for the people of the Philippines, historically Filipino is not correct term.
While this website was designed as a source of information for British living in the Philippines, it has also become a source of information for Filipinos throughout the world.
We have had thousands of Filipinos contact us saying how much they like Brits in the Philippines articles on Philippines history, Filipino school and college students are using the site for research and the site has been acknowledged by an ex Philippines ambassador.
We hope that we can continue being of service to everybody that lives in the Philippines but we really need the help of the community if you have anything that you think would be of interest to people with an interest in the country please contact us.
The La Independencia newspaper had a short lifespan, it was published for just 2 years 2 months and 8 days. In that short time it was the voice of the Philippine Revolution against Spain and then became the voice of […]
We have all heard how the Jeepney came about after after WWII after the Americans left them behind, while that story is partly true it is not the true History of the Jeepney. The fact is Jeepneys used to be […]
At the weekend I met a Filipino nurse that has worked in many countries and he told me not to trust Philippines hospitals The conversation came about because we have been told my son needs major surgery despite the fact […]
There are many books and articles on English for Filipinos this is in no way a guide to learning the English language, it is more pointing out common mistakes some Filipinos make. Common Mistakes The most common of all the […]
Culture shock can range be simply that something is done differently to what you are used too, right through to something that you find really shocking, or something that makes you feel bad, and many things in between. Philippines Culture […]
Because it’s the Philippines is an excuse that is used a lot in the Philippines, if you are a foreigner in the Philippines you might think it is just an excuse used by the locals when dealing with foreigners but […]
In 1935 the Philippines nearly became part of the British Commonwealth of Nations which would mean Queen Elizabeth II would be Queen of the Philippines. On the 20th of January 1935 a secret liaison agent working for President Quezon contacted […]
If you use a currency converter to find out the value of your British pound or even dollars in Philippines Piso, you may have noticed they now spell it as Philippines Piso instead of Peso. If you are like me […]
PhilHealth for Foreigners the Facts There is much confusion about the entitlement of PhilHealth for foreigners and how foreigners apply for PhilHealth. We hope that this will clear-up the confusion over PhilHealth for foreigners. There is no doubt that PhilHealth […]
The Battle of Manila Bay took place on the 1st May 1898. The American Asiatic Squadron which was under the command of Commodore George Dewey destroyed the Spanish Pacific Squadron in Manila Bay. History books record it as a great […]
Following the end of Martial Law a snap election was held on the 7th February 1986 this election in turn led to the downfall of President Marcos via the People Power Revolution (Also known as EDSA 1.) On a political […]
TSB – Confessions of an Ex-Hooker (Aged 66 and a half) a.k.a DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ Trevor Stott-Briggs A Little Bit of Back Story: I lived in the Philippines for 27 years from 1981 to 2007. I worked for the […]
The Philippines Genocide is the genocide history forgot, you will find in history books the Filipino-American War of 1899-1902 but they fail to mention the genocide carried out by the United States of America on the people of the Philippines. […]
If you have a Filipino spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend and would like to take them abroad on holiday without the hassle of getting a visa, here is a list of countries where a Philippine passport holder can travel without obtaining […]
I can not be sure when the British first arrived in the Philippines, the first reference I can find to the British being in the Philippines is about 1686–1688. William Dampier who was an English navigator and explorer who is […]
Do you get confused by the term for the people of the Philippines? Are they Filipino, Pilipino, Pinoy or should it be Philippino as they are from the Philippines? The truth is none of them are correct. Pinoy We can […]
By 9 April 1942 American and Filipino forces had become so weak from hunger they could no longer carry on defending Bataan. Bataan was seen as an ideal defensive position and as far back as 1926 Plan Orange which assumed […]
Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe It is very simple to make Sticky Toffee Pudding in the Philippines, most of the ingredients are easy to obtain apart from golden syrup, we have suggested where you can obtain this or you can use cane […]
Coral Beach Club an oasis away from the noise of Manila At times, it seems the noise and the hustle and bustle of the Philippines is impossible to get away from, but there is an oasis just 3 hours drive from […]
Battle of Perez Dasmariñas 1897 History books call it the Battle of Perez Dasmariñas, however a better name would be the Battle of Dasmariñas as it was many battles spread out over Dasmariñas that went on from March the 7th through to […]
Please be aware if you are not Filipino it is illegal for you aid a candidate in any way. It might seem harmless telling or posting who you think should win the election but it is illegal under Resolution No. 9615 […]
Philippines education Survey In a survey by a remittance firm a lot of Pinoys based in America said they believed their education in the Philippines was their ticket to a successful careers in the US. Out of the 6,000 Filipino respondents to the survey 69% […]
A Pinoy couple ran an illegal money lending business for nurses in the NHS and health workers from their home in Torquay, a court has been told. Nardo and Theodora Bacquain loaned money to members of the Filipino community living in England. The couple claimed they […]
Can you make British style Pancakes in the Philippines? The answer is yes, and it is one of the easiest British foods to find the ingredients for in the Philippines. What you can not get is Jiff Lemon, but some […]
Prosecutors in Scotland have launched a bid to extradite a 20-year-old Filipino man over the death of a Scottish teenager who committed suicide after being blackmailed by Filipinos online. Daniel Perry from Dunfermline thought he was talking to an American girl […]
Know your rights when you get stopped by a Filipino Traffic Enforcer. This came from a former colleague of a member of Brits in the Philippines who now consults for the MMDA. May be helpful for those annoying moments you get […]
The process to convert a foreign Driving license to a Philippines license should be easy and if you go to a main LTO centre that are used to dealing with foreigners it will be easy, however if you go to […]
The sad and pointless murder of Teng Santaromana Gamboa is to close to home and very sad for some of the members of Brits in the Philippines that knew her personally. Teng was introduced to me a few years ago, I […]
The Philippines seem to have a love of using acronyms and it can be confusing for visitors and expats. Brits in the Philippines have compiled a list to help you understand what people,forms etc are talking about. There is probably many […]
Asif Ahmad the British Ambassador to the Philippines gave a message to the Philippines business community, “Stop just replicating and franchising foreign discoveries and invest in research”. The Ambassador gave the message during the announcement of the recipients of the Newton Agham Science […]
Most people are unaware that there are Racial Discrimination laws in the Philippines. It might come as a shock to learn that racial discrimination laws in the Philippines are very much inline with racial discrimination laws in other countries, the reason […]