Filipino Culture

Naming

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  • The Spanish heritage of the Philippines continues to influence the Filipino naming conventions.
  • The typical naming format is for someone to acquire their mother’s maiden name as a middle name, whilst their father’s surname is adopted as their surname (e.g. Maria CRUZ SANTOS). Sometimes the Spanish format of adding a ‘y’ (‘and’) is practiced in formal events (e.g. Maria CRUZ y SANTOS).
  • It is also common for someone to have more than one first name.
  • Many names in the Philippines are Spanish translations of Catholic saints (such as Miguel for Michael).
  • It is also common for sons to adopt their father’s name, thus acquiring the suffix of Junior (Jr.).
  • Women tend to adopt their husband’s surname, but it not uncommon for a woman to hyphenate their maiden name with their husband’s surname.
  • It is common for someone to have a nickname that is often a repeat of a syllable from that person’s name (e.g. ‘Mon-Mon’ as the nickname for ‘Ramon’). However, this is reserved for people who are close to the person, such as family and friends.
  • If meeting someone for the first time, use the appropriate title along with their whole surname.
The Philippines
  • Population
    102,624,209
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Tagalog
    Filipino (official)
    English (official)
    Bisaya
    Ilokano
    Zamboangueño Chavacano
  • Religions
    Catholic Christianity (82.9%)
    Islam (5%)
    Evangelical Christianity (2.8%)
    Other (9.2%)
    No Religion (0.1%)
    [2000 census]
  • Ethnicities
    Tagalog (28.1%)
    Cebuano (13.1%)
    Ilocano (9%)
    Bisaya/Binisaya (7.6%)
    Other (42.2%)
    [2000 census]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 94
    Individualism 32
    Masculinity 64
    Uncertainty Avoidance 44
    Long Term Orientation 27
    Indulgence 42
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  • Australians with Filipino Ancestry
    304,015 [2016 census]
Filipinos in Australia
  • Population
    232,386
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in the Philippines.
  • Average Age
    39
  • Gender
    Female (62.3%)
    Male (37.7%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (78.6%)
    Christianity [nfd] (3.5%)
    Pentecostal Christianity (2.7%)
    Baptist Christianity (2.6%)
    Other (12.5%)
  • Ancestry
    Filipino (83.1%)
    Spanish (4.7%)
    Chinese (3.3%)
    Other (7.0%)
  • Languages
    Tagalog (42.9%)
    Filipino (29.5%)
    English (22.6%)
    Bisaya (1.2%)
    Other (3.8%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (95.5%)
    Not Well (3.1%)
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (41.1%)
    Victoria (22.2%)
    Queensland (17.2%)
    Western Australia (10.1%)
  • Arrival in Australia
    Prior to 2001 (54%)
    2001-2006 (15.7%)
    2007-2011 (26.8%)
Where do we get our statistics?
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