According to Wikipedia, the last five hundred years of eventful history of the country added an impact to the cultural blend of the Asian and Western population.
The colonial reign of the Spaniards in 1570-1898 as well as the Americans in 1903-1946, resulted in the expansion of Christian values, which gave an identity to every Filipino.
However, the use of Spanish began to decline after the United States occupation in the early 1900's.
In 1935 the Constitution of the Philippines named English and Spanish the official languages.
It is common for members of the same family to work for the same company, a practice which was influenced by the first Chinese settlers in the Philippines.
79 indigenous ethnic groups compose the Filipino people.In 1939 the Tagalog language was named the national language.The language was renamed "Pilipino" in 1959 and finally "Filipino" in 1973.And the interaction with other countries' cultures, like the ones from China, India, Indonesia and Malaysia, gave a specific Asian touch to the cultural heritage of the Philippines.There are 175 estimated languages spoken in the Philippines.The basic social unit of the country is the family, which also includes the intermediate family members (aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins) and other outside relations (godparents and close friends).As such, many children have several godparents and when parents are out of the country to work, children are mostly left to the grandparents to watch over them.Filipinos are not only skilled when it comes to industry but also in sports.The national sport of the Philippines is called arnis, a form of martial arts.Almost all are classified as Malayo-Polynesian languages.Among those languages, there are 13 indigenous languages with nearly 1 million speakers.