Aeta… the first Philippine settlers!

The statue depicts an ancient Aeta, believed to be the first settlers in the Philippines. Their descendants still roam the region of Zambales and some migrated to the other parts of the country. Most of them, kicked out of their land like the Indians of North America, are now begging for food and financial assistance to live.

Isn’t it a pity that the ancient settlers are those normally put at the bottom of a country’s social caste system and the foreign invaders lord over them as if the invaders were those who settled in the country first before them?

OriginalPeople.Org: The Aeta (pronounced as “eye-ta,”), Agta or Ayta are an indigenous people who live in scattered, isolated mountainous parts of Luzon, Philippines. They are considered to be Negritos, who are dark to very dark brown-skinned and tend to have features such as a small stature, small frame, curly to kinky afro-like textured hair with a higher frequency of naturally lighter hair color (blondism) relative to the general population, small nose, and dark brown eyes. They are thought to be among the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines, preceding the Austronesian migrations.

The Aeta were included in the group of people termed “Negrito” duringSpanish colonial rule as Negritos. Various Aeta groups in northern Luzon are known as “Pugut” or “Pugot,” a name designated by their Ilocano-speaking neighbors, and which is the colloquial term for those with darker complexions. In Ilocano, the word also means “goblin” or “forest spirit.”

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20 thoughts on “Aeta… the first Philippine settlers!

  1. P.S. I did not follow you on FB because of the golf pics. I am not a fan of a sport that is so exclusive & takes land away that could be used for the benefit of all.
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    1. That’s okay… actually, the golf course where I usually play is right inside the Philippine Veterans Medical Center where the proceeds of the green fees are mostly used to help our war veterans, including our police officers and army personnel. 🙂

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  2. Sadly, the original peoples of a land almost always end up being the group that gets treated the worst and that are the most maladjusted. Of course, they are maladjusted, the conquerors came in and told them they were their superiors! If any of us can imagine that happening to us, I’m sure we would agree that it would be extremely depressing.
    As far as the blonde hair, it could likely be due to malnutrition.
    Peace, love & justice for all,
    Sherrie
    Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
    http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to her Home page to watch it:
    https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com Or go to YouTube & type in the title of her novel! 😉 ❤

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