CHINOY IN THE PHILIPPINES! (Part I)
By Kimberly Ann C. Abalos
The Philippines, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines or “Pinas” in slang, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. With a population of more than 92 million people, the Philippines is the 7th most populated Asian country and the 12th most populated country in the world. Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands. In prehistoric times, Negritos were some of the archipelago’s earliest inhabitants. They were followed by successive waves of Austronesian peoples who brought with them influences from Malay, Hindu, and Islamic societies. Trade and subsequent Chinese settlement eventually introduced Chinese cultural influences which remain to this day.
A Chinese Filipino is derived from two words: “Tsino” (meaning “Chinese”) and “Pinoy” (the slang word for “Filipino”) is a Philippine national of Chinese ethnicity, born/raised in the Philippines. Chinese Filipinos constitute one group of Overseas Chinese and are one of the largest Overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia. As of 2005, Chinese Filipinos number approximately 1.1 million corresponding to 1.3% of the Filipino population.
Many, if not all people in the Philippines, including Chinese Filipinos themselves, use and accept the term “Filipino Chinese”/”Filipino-Chinese”. Chinese Filipinos are well represented in all levels of Filipino society, and well integrated politically and economically. Chinese Filipinos are present within several commerce and business sectors in the Philippines and are estimated to own a majority of the Filipino economy.
The Chinese in the Philippines are mostly business owners and their life centers mostly in the family business. These mostly small or medium enterprises play a significant role in the Philippine economy. A handful of these entrepreneurs run large companies and are respected as some of the most prominent business tycoons in the Philippines. Chinese Filipinos attribute their success in business to frugality and hard work, Confucian values and their traditional Chinese customs and traditions. They are very business-minded and entrepreneurship is highly valued and encouraged among the young. Most Chinese Filipinos are urban dwellers. An estimated 50% of the Chinese Filipinos live within Metro Manila, with the rest in the other major cities of the Philippines.
Notable Chinese- Filipino Personalities
Two of the most successful known Chinese Filipino businessmen in the Philippines are John Gokongwei and Henry Sy.
John Gokongwei is a Chinese-Filipino businessman born from a wealthy family based in Cebu, Philippines. His family originally came from Fujian province in China. He is the 3rd wealthiest businessman in the Philippines with a net worth of $2.4 billion following Lucio Tan and Henry Sy. John Gokongwei’s JG Summit, primarily deals with airlines, telecoms, real estate, banking, hotels and power generation.
Henry Sy was born on December 25, 1924 in Xiamen, China. He is the richest man in the Philippines with a net worth of $8 billion. He owns the largest shopping mall in the Philippines, the SM, which is being run by his son, Hans.
Not only in business Industry the Chinese-Filipino’s are very successful, there are also some Chinese-Filipino’s who have conquered the world of drama, generally termed Show Business, and Politics.
Some of the well-known Chinoy actors and actresses in the Philippines are:
Kris was born on the 14th day of February, year 1971. She is a Chinese-Filipino actress with numerous endorsements, TV shows and films. She is also known as the youngest sister of the incumbent President of the Philippines, President Noynoy “P-noy” Aquino Jr.
Richard Yap, popularly known as “Papa Chen” of the Teleserye My Binondo Girl, is a pure Chinese born and raised in Cebu, Philippines. My Binondo Girl is Richard’s first acting project after appearing in several TV commercials. He was given a career break by ABS-CBN giving him the lead role in the TV series “Please be careful with my Heart”.
Kimberly Sue Yap Chiu popularly known as Kim Chui is a Filipino Chinese actress-model born on April 19, 1990 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. She is very successful actresses who have leaded several TV series and films such as My Binondo Girl, I’ve Fallen for you, Sana’y maulit muli, and My girl. She was a fruit of the reality show “Pinoy Big Brother” in which she became the first Big Winner, and a member of the circle of ABS-CBN’s Talents, Star Magic.
Some successful Chinese-Filipino politicians are:
Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III
Benigno “Noynoy”Aquino III, popularly known as P-noy is a Chinese- Filipino politician, and the incumbent President of the Republic of the Philippines. He is the son of late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and late President Cory Aquino.
by: Kimberly Ann Abalos
Alfredo Lim is a Chinese- Filipino politician, and the current Mayor of Manila City.
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