Spanish Filipinos

Filipinos of Spanish ancestry are scattered all over the Philippines. They are descendents of Spanish, Catalan, Andalusian, and Basque colonizers who mixed with Filipino ethnic groups. Only a small number of Hispano Filipinos speak Spanish today; many prefer to use English and the predominant local language.

The Spanish influence in the Philippines can be seen in religion, law, education, the arts and literature, music and dance, architecture, names of people and geographic locations, cuisine, fiestas, traditions and customs, and foreign plants and vegetables introduced locally. Many Hispano Filipinos belong to the upper and middle socioeconomic classes and are influential in politics, business, and the entertainment industry.


Arguelles, Belen. “Recuerdos Cariñosos de España En Filipinas”