|Regions with significant populations|
|Mindanao, Visayas, Sulu Archipelago|
|Old Malay (historically), Malay, Visayan languages, Arabic, Maguindanao, other languages of the Philippines, Chavacano, Filipino, English|
|Islam, also Animism, Hinduism and Christianity|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Bruneians, Malay Indonesian, other Malays, Moro people, Visayans, Arabs, Indians|
Malays played a role in pre-Hispanic Philippine history. Malay involvement in Philippine history goes back to the Classical Era with the establishment of Rajahnates as well as the Islamic era, in which various sultanates and Islamic states were formed in Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago.
Malays made large contribution to Philippine history, and influenced modern-day lifestyles of Filipinos. The Malay language was the lingua franca of the archipelago prior to Spanish rule. Due to the religious history of the Malay Archipelago, many of these historical rulers also contained a mix of Arab or Indian ancestry in addition to their Malay descent.
The Philippines doesn't have a significant ethnic Malay population today, and most if any, descendants of Malays have been assimilated into the general culture, characterized by Spanish influence and Roman Catholicism. Malay influence is still strong in the culturally conservative regions of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago, whose' people actually reject being called Filipino, and to some extent, in Visayas as well where much Malay involvement came during the classical era. These three island groups are where most Filipinos of Malay descent live.
In the modern-day, the closest population to Malays are the Moro people, the native Muslim population of the Philippines that inhabit Mindanao, Sulu Archipelago, parts of Visayas and the Quiapo district in Manila. They follow a culture and lifestyle similar to Malays.
There is an often a lot of confusion in the Philippines between "ethnic Malays" and "Malay race", a term coined for brown-skinned Austronesian natives of not only the Philippines, but also of Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore and southern Thailand. The country had its own Malay nationalism, un-associated with the anti-colonial struggle in the British and Dutch East Indies. The Philippine nationalism occurred albeit the end of Spanish occupation and spearheaded by José Rizal. Unlike the Malay nationalism and "Malayness" in Indonesia and Malaysia which was defined by Islam as well as being of the ethnic group, Rizal's movement was that of a secular vision to unify the natives of the Malay Archipelago and the Malay Peninsula, believing them to have falsely been divided by colonial powers.
Interaction between the natives of the Philippines and the Malay Srivijaya Kingdom (as well as the Javanese kingdoms of Majapahit and Medang) are recorded by the Laguna Copperplate Inscription, which dates approximately 900 A.D. This steel plate was written in a mix of Old Tagalog, Old Malay and Javanese. Among the Malays, the classical Philippine kingdoms also interacted with other native peoples of Indonesia, including the Minangkabau and Javanese.
The first-recorded Malay in Philippine history was Sri Lumay, although accounts him are mostly in Visayan folklore. Sri Lumay was born in Sumatra, an island in Indonesia with a high Malay-population, and was of mixed Malay and Tamil descent. He settled in somewhere in modern-day Visayas. Sri Lumay established the Rajahnate of Cebu. His sons also ruled nearby regions and kingdoms.
The name "Visayas" originates from the name "Srivijaya", the name of the aforementioned ancient Malay kingdom of the same that was centered in Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula.
Upon the Islamization of the southern Philippines, Sri Lumay was known to have resisted the Islamic expansion, and enacted a scorched-earth policy for the Moro raiders.
In the 16th century, the Islamization of the Alam Melayu (literally "Malay realm") was near-complete and its influence had spilled into the Philippines. Sharif Kabungsuwan, a native of Johore migrated to Mindanao where he preached Islam to the inland natives - and established the Sultanate of Maguindanao. His descendants provided Mindanao with a fierce resistance to Spanish occupation, one of his descendants, Muhammad Dipaduan Kudarat is known as a national hero in the Philippines.
The late 15th century and through 1521 is filled with preachers of Islam, particularly Malays, along with Arabs, Chinese Muslim and Indian Muslims spreading Islam in the southern Philippines. During the reign of Sultan Bolkiah of Brunei, the Bruneian armies attacked the Kingdom of Tondo and established the Kingdom of Selurong, or Seludong where modern-day Manila is located. This was a Bruneian satellite state, and was placed under the rule of Rajah Sulayman, a native Muslim from the Manila area.
Rajah Sulayman came from a long line of rulers, of mixed Tagalog and Malay descent. His grandfather for example, Salila, was a descendant of the Bolkiah family from Brunei.
In 1521, Ferdinand Magellan arrived in Visayas where he encountered Rajah Humabon, one of Sri Lumay's descendants. Humabon accepted Roman Catholicism, and urged his rival Lapu-Lapu to allow Europeans. Magellan used his Malay servant, Enrique of Malacca to converse with the natives. Magellan and Enrique both perished in the Battle of Mactan.
Throughout the 300 years of Spanish colonization, any sort of Malay identity was lost in assimilation, even in the Muslim south where Arabic was the favored and promoted language over Malay. José Rizal, an avid pan-Malayan nationalist spearheaded a movement to "re-unite" the natives of the archipelago with that of its southern neighbors in what would today become the countries of Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore and Thailand.
This type of "Malayan" movement was significantly different than the one that took place in British Malaya and the Dutch East Indies. While those movements were focused on the lone ethnic group originating from Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula, Rizal envisioned a larger pan-Austronesian nation, what would later become coined as the Malay race. Rizal's movement was known as the "Indios Bravos", ("Brave Indians"). Rizal had actually tried to learn Malay, but he was executed in 1896, therefore never getting a chance to fully revive the Malay language in the Philippines.
Wenceslao Vinzons, a Filipino politician and guerrilla leader during World War II, was another noted pan-Malayan nationalist. He found the Perhimpoenan Orang Melayu ("Pan Malay Alliance") at the University of the Philippines.
It is for this reason that definition of "Malay" in the Philippines differ from that of its southern neighbors, therefore making it difficult to get an accurate estimate of who contains descent from the actual ethnic group. As for "Malay race", this would cover approximately 90,000,000 natives in the Philippines.
Historically, the Malays in the Philippines followed the religious trend of Maritime Southeast Asia. They followed a mix of Animism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Paganism. They introduced cultural influence from the Indian Subcontinent.
In the late 15th century through the 16th century, the Islamisation of the Malay realm also influenced the Philippines, and the Malays introduced Islam. Sharif Kabungsuwan, a Johor-born native of Malay and Arab descent introduced Islam. Rajah Sulayman, the ruler of Seludong, was a Muslim convert.
During the Spanish occupation, the overwhelming majority were converted to Christianity, Roman Catholicism to be specific. Enrique of Malacca, a Malaccan Malay who accompanied the Portuguese conquistador Ferdinand Magellan to Cebu, was a convert to Roman Catholicism, though he wasn't converted in the Philippines and was already a Catholic convert upon arrival. Rajah Humabon, a descendant of Sri Lumay, as well as Lakan Dula of Tondo, both converted to Catholicism and were given the names "Carlos".
It is understood in Malaysia and Indonesia that Malays, as in the ethnic group, are those who speak Malay a native language. In Indonesia, Malay and Indonesian are regarded as two different languages. The Malay race, on the other hand, is not the same as the ethnic group, and simply refers to the Austronesian natives of Maritime Southeast Asia. Though the ethnic Malays are part of the bigger Malay Race.
In the Philippines, there is misconception and often mixing between the two definitions. Filipinos consider Malays as being the natives of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. Consequently, Filipinos consider themselves Malay when in reality, they are referring to the Malay Race.Filipinos in Singapore also prefer to be considered Malay, but their desire to be labeled as part of the ethnic group was rejected by the Singaporean government. Paradoxically, a minor percentage of Filipinos prefer the Spanish influence and may associate themselves with being Hispanic, and have made no realistic attempts to promote and/or revive the Malay language in the Philippines.
This leads to misconceptions about the ancient rulers of the Philippines. Lapu-Lapu for example was thought to be a Malay Muslim, though he was ethnically Cebuano and his religious background is obscure. Though the Bangsamoro follows a Malay-influenced culture, they are also mistakenly called Malays by the majority of Christian Filipinos.
José Rizal, the Philippines' most regarded national hero is often called the "Pride of the Malay Race". This gave rise to a political concept known as Maphilindo, a proposed confederation that would consist of Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. With the creation of ASEAN, this proposal never manifested.
- Sri Lumay - founder of the Rajahnate of Cebu, was said to have come from Sumatra of Malay and Tamil descent
- Rajah Salila - king of Tondo, descendant of the Bruneian royal family of Bolkiah
- Rajah Sulayman - also known as Rajah Sulaiman III, descendant of Salila, of mixed Bruneian and Tagalog descent
- Lakan Dula - brother of Rajah Sulayman
- Rajah Humabon - descendant of Sri Lumay and rajah of Cebu, made contact with Ferdinand Magellan and embraced Roman Catholicism, of mixed Malay and Cebuano descent
- Sharif Kabungsuwan - founder of the Sultanate of Maguindanao, born in Johore of Malay and Arab descent
- Enrique of Malacca - Ferdinand Magellan's servant, likely perished in the Battle of Mactan in Cebu
- Muhammad Kudarat - grandson of Kabungsuwan, halted Latinization of Mindanao by Spanish conquerors
- Jamalul Kiram III - claimant heir to the defunct Sultanate of Sulu, though the majority of his descent was Tausūg, he claimed to have a common ancestor with Brunei's current sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. This was however been denied by the Bruneian counterparts.
Go ask most Filipino-Americans or Filipinos who aren't historians, about Philippine culture, and you would get something along the likes of:
"Oh well, we're Spanish influenced and we eat like to pancit (noodles) and lumpia (spring rolls), we speak Tagalog and we watch Manny Pacquiao whenever he has a match"
....and that's just about where it ends.
Remember for me, curiosity is where I accumulate lots and lots of knowledge. I mean that in the most literal sense. I feel curious, then I go surfing online for whatever the heck I want to learn, then I'm either awed or "meh...", but for the most part, I'm awed.
The findings I have accumulated doing extensive online research on the histories and cultures of the countries that neighbor the Philippines, such as Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia, were nothing short of mind-blowing.
Ancient vs. Modern Filipino culture is like night and day, apples and oranges.
In this article, I'll actually focus on the Philippines' close historical and cultural connections with Indonesia, as one will find extreme mind-blowing similarities between the cultures and histories of both countries.
Be mindful that the Philippines' cultural connections with Indonesia often intertwines with that of Malaysia and Brunei.
It starts with the fact that Indonesia and the Philippines are both volcanic and tropical archipelagos, literally located not only on the same continent, but the same region of Asia - they're both located in Southeast Asia.
It doesn't end there, both countries are also in the same island cluster of Southeast Asia, a region that historians referred to as the "Malay Archipelago". Ancient Indonesians referred to it as "Nusantara".
A Map of Southeast Asia, Indonesia is colored orange, Philippines is dark green
To be totally honest, Indonesia and Philippines could literally amalgamate to form a country and in fact, that is what some nationalists were planning in the late 20th century, a concept known as Maphilindo (taken from Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia).
Indonesia has 17,000-some islands, the Philippines has 7,000-some islands. Combined, that would form about 24,000 islands!
In fact that the two countries are so close, an extremely skilled sailor can actually sail from the Philippines' southernmost island and reach the northernmost part of the Maluku islands of Indonesia.
Filipino fishermen have done it before, once can actually see Indonesia from Balut Island, one of the southernmost islands of the Philippines.
The people of both countries speak very diverse, but related languages, most of the languages of both countries are of the Austronesian family. The Philippines has approximately 100+ languages, Indonesia's got about 700+.
A map showing the Malayo-Polynesian languages, the Philippine languages (dark turquoise), Bornean (orange), Sunda-Sulawesi (maroon), Central Malayo-Polynesian (olive green), Halmahera-Cenderawasih (dark purple), Oceanic languages (light purple)
One can find a lot of cognates between Indonesian or Bahasa Indonesia, the national language of Indonesia and Filipino, the national language of the Philippines.
Indonesian is actually a dialect of a major language known as Malay, which is the official languages of Brunei and Malaysia, and one of Singapore's four official languages.
Filipino on the other hand, is based of a local language native to Manila, known as Tagalog.
Here is short list of common words found between the two languages. Note that the words with accent marks are the Filipino-language spellings, as the Filipino language uses some Spanish orthography.
- Aku/Akó - "me"
- Anak - "son"
- Sugbu/Sugbo - "Cebu"
- Gulay/Gulai - "vegetables"
- Balut/Balot (pronounced bah-loot) - "to wrap"
- Kulang/Kurang - "lacking" or "less"
- Laláki/Lelaki - "male"
- Datuk/Datu - title of native a ruler or an elder
- Kambing - "goat"
- Lima - "five"
- Bangsa/Bansá - "country/nation"
- Lamok/Nyamuk - "insect"
- Kota - "fort"
- Tahó - "soy"
- Takut/Takot - "fear"
- Sarap/Sedaap - "delicious"
- Ka-/Ke- is used to denote a state of being followed by the suffix -an (for example, in the Filipino language Katagalogan means "Tagalog nation" (Ka + Tagalog + an), same process in the Indonesian language, Kemelayuan means "Malay nation" (Ke + Melayu + an)).
I can continue the list, but we all should get the idea by this point. Due to the common ancestry between Indonesians and Filipinos, coupled in with the fact that Indonesia is more than twice the size of the Philippines with more than twice the number of islands, I often refer to Indonesia as the "big brother" of the Philippines.
It is not surprising to find same words between two related languages. But here is where where the meat of the linguistic history between the Indonesia and the Philippines lie: Malay was the language spoken in the Philippines prior to the Spanish colonization.
Nope, Tagalog, while being the stereotypical language of modern Filipino culture, was not the language spoken widely in the Philippine Archipelago at the time.
Filipinos, Bruneians, Malays and Indonesians at the time, spoke basically the same language for the most part.
This particular dialect of Malay is what historians and linguists refer to as "Old Malay". The difference between Old Malay and Modern Standard Malay as well as Indonesian is that Old Malay was very Indian and Sanskrit-influenced, while modern dialects of Malay are very Arabic-influenced.
In fact, Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese conquistador working for Spain, had to use a Malay-speaking servant to converse with the natives of the Philippines!
His slave, whom he gave the name Enrique, was actually not from Indonesia but from Malaysia.
Yep, also gotta thank to Antonio Pigafetta, an Italian explorer who accompanied the Spanish conquistadors during their expedition into the Philippine Archipelago.
The earliest written document in the Philippines, known as the Laguna Copperplate Inscription, was written in a mix of Old Malay, Old Tagalog and Sanskrit. The alphabet used to write is Indonesian-influenced, and originated from the island of Java.
Not only did this prove that there were thriving rich city-states in the Philippine archipelago prior to Spanish expedition, but also pretty much confirmed our Malay-speaking origin.
In addition, over the course of centuries and millennia, migrations between the archipelagos were as common as breathing.
So that's that. So if one was not aware of the Ancient Philippines yes....we had kings and queens. Many of our kings, were from Indonesia! They bore Indian and Malay-influenced titles such as rajah, maharaja, datu and dayang.
The Muslims of the southern Philippines adopted the title sultan, often mixing it alongside Indo-Malay royal titles.
Sri Lumay, also known by the regnal name Rajamuda Lumaya, is a crucial figure in Central Philippine folklore. Sri Lumay was originally from Sumatra, which at the time, was under Indian occupation.
The Indian rulers sent Sri Lumay to find them a vassal state, he ended up reaching the island of Cebu, initially rebelling against his superiors and established an independent realm.
Rajah Humabon - descendant of Sri Lumay and king of Cebu at the time of Spanish encounter
At the same time, Muslim missionaries from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Middle East were preaching Islam to the peoples of the southern Philippines. A lot of these new Muslim converts were invading Sri Lumay's kingdoms.
Sri Lumay enacted a "scorched-earth policy" against the invaders from the south, burning everything in sight so that the invaders which he referred to as "Magalos" or "destroyers of peace", would have nothing to gain.
In fact, this is where Cebu island's name come from, originates from the Old Malay phrase "Kota Sugbu" meaning "city of fire".
At the time of Spanish encounter in 1521, one of Sri Lumay's descendants, Rajah Humabon was the king of Cebu.
Meanwhile in the Sulu Archipelago, Raja Baguinda, also from Sumatra, preached Islam to the natives of the island chain.
SO WHAT HAPPENED?
So one could ask, why don't most Filipinos speak a dialect of Malay? The answer to that question lies within the Spanish occupation of the Philippines that lasted from 1521 to 1898.
In that process, the Spaniards enacted a cunning pogrom that pretty much eliminated spoken Malay, save for the Muslim-dominated parts of the southern Philippines.
The Spaniards didn't just find any Filipino and forcefully convert them to Catholicism, though I will admit....the Spaniards kind of did convert the Filipinos overnight.
By 1521, the Philippines was a melting pot of Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Animists and Pagans. It took over the course of centuries or even millenia to develop that type of diversity in the archipelago.
Fast-forward to 1600, almost all of the Philippines was Roman Catholic, except for the Muslim south. In fact, the First Philippine Republic was declared inside a Catholic church! That's how Catholicized the Philippines is.
The Barasoian Church - where the First Philippine Republic was declared
We all know that term "following the leader". People abide by examples, laws and rules set forth by their leaders and their rulers.
Soooo...first, the Spaniards targeted the native rulers for conversion to Christianity, i.e. the various rajahs, datus, maharajas and dayangs of the archipelago. They knew if they could influence their rulers to convert to Catholicism, their people will just follow in swarms.
Remember, the Spaniards did not use Spanish, they used Malay as well as native Philippine languages to convert the rulers to Roman Catholicism.
Afterwards, subjects and followers of those native rulers joined them in converting to Roman Catholicism. So it worked.
A native Muslim Filipino in the southern Philippines is converted and baptized to Roman Catholic by two Spanish missionaries, circa 1890
Since most Filipinos converted to Roman Catholicism, by will, the Spaniards were actually really lenient on the Filipino peoples, and let them keep their native languages.
In fact, the Spaniards even let the native rulers keep their royal statuses as a reward and compromise for willingly allowing themselves to become baptized Roman Catholics.
This native royalty pretty much later formed the Principalía.
The Principalía was not only wealthy, they were privileged - they received exemptions from certain taxes to the King of Spain, received the best education, housing, food and held high occupations.
They were pretty much very comparable to the Patricians of Rome or the First and Second Estates of France.
A Philippine museum display of a costume depicting what Principalía-families mostly looked like during the 1800s
The Spanish treatment of Filipinos was in a sense, nothing close to the brutality they inflicted against the natives of Mesoamerica. It's just that Malay was replaced by Spanish as the spoken lingua franca among ruling elite.
(A lingua franca is a language used between people of differing ethnic and linguistic backgrounds to communicate, such as English which is used by Americans of all ethnic backgrounds).
There is a brief incident in the 1600s however, in which the Spaniards conquered the Indonesian island of Ternate. The sultan of Ternate and his family, was deported to Manila (the modern-day capital of the Philippines).
After the Spanish occupation ended, connections between Indonesia and the Philippines continued. The Philippines supported Indonesian independence in 1949. One of Indonesia's national heroes, Tan Malaka, had lived in Manila in 1925 due to his exile from Indonesia.
Why Manila, of all places? Because Tan Malaka thought that the environment in the Philippines was a lot like his Indonesian homeland!
A SIMILAR DARK AND UGLY TURN OF DEMOCRACY
On a little darker note, Indonesia and the Philippines both had the reputation of having Southeast Asia's most corrupt rulers - both who had the intention of purging their nations from communism.
Indonesia had Suharto, a former general of national hero Sukarno. Suharto overthrew Sukarno (the founding father of Indonesia) and pretty much pummeled the Indonesian economy to the ground.
The Philippines had Ferdinand Marcos, who murdered political opponents. Marcos however had nationalistic intents, communists were not only his target but also the descendants of the Principalía.
If you ask most of the older Filipinos, they'll be more than happy to tell ya about his shoe-hoarding wife Imelda Marcos.
Ferdinand Marcos of Philippines (far-left), Suharto of Indonesia (center), Ne Win of Myanmar (far-right)
Marcos also stripped Spanish of its official status in the Philippines in favor of local Philippine languages as the national or official. In addition, Marcos is pretty much one of the few presidents that wasn't a mestizo.
It's also to note how both rulers referred to their administrations as "new orders" of some sort. Suharto's regime was literally called the "New Order" or the Orde Baru and Ferdinand Marcos' regime was called the "New Society" or the Bagong Lipunan.
Okay..so getting back to the brighter side....we both had influential woman leaders
Oh yeah, Indonesia and the Philippines also had very influential woman leaders. Indonesia at Megawati Sukarnoputri, who was president of Indonesia from 2001 to 2004.
The Philippines had Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who president from 2001 to 2010, that's a near-decade!
In addition, they are also daughters of influential presidents of both countries! Megawati Sukarnoputri is the daughter of Indonesian national hero and founding father Sukarno, and Gloria Macagapal Arroyo is the daughter of influential Filipino president Diosdado Macapagal.
In 2012, the famous Philippine noontime television game-show Eat Bulaga! was franchised in Indonesia.
Unfortunately, the Indonesian franchise was not as successful as the original Philippine version, lasting only about four years until being cancelled from Indonesian television programming.
I will say that's where our differences settle in, Filipinos are typically big into game shows. However, game shows just aren't the thing in Indonesia, as Indonesians are huge into Indian soap operas.
Influences and similarities can also been seen in our culinary traditions, including the tradition of eating with hands and eating solid foods on banana leaves.
When I was a young child, that is how we ate solid foods, and on banana leaves as plates, alongside the western practice of using spoons and forks on plates.
By solid foods I am not referring to sandwiches or obvious foods, but literally foods like rice, meat and eggs. It is also a practice that can be found in India, Malaysia and Brunei.
We Filipinos and Indonesians also love our durian, considered the king of fruits in all of Southeast Asia! Durian is the cursed fruit to westerners, I dare y'all to try it.
Common foods in both countries include bakpia or as Filipinos refer to the food as hopia, a Chinese-influenced flake pastry. I honestly never knew in my life that hopia was also popular in Indonesia.
A box of Indonesia bakpia in Yogyakarta, Indonesia; (known as hopia in the Philippines)
The same can be said about lumpia. NO, lumpia is not just "egg rolls" that you can anywhere in Asia, lumpia is literally regionally confined to Indonesia and the Philippines!
Spring rolls and egg rolls are actually not the same thing. The reason why Filipinos are more well-known in lumpia preparation is that the Filipino overseas community in western countries far exceeds the Indonesian expatriates.
Also, popular swords in the Philippines such as the kris and the gulok were of Indonesian-origin. The kris (also known as "kalis" in the Philippines) originated from the Indonesian islands of Bali and Java.
Parts of a Southern Philippine-style kris
The original Indonesian kris is actually a dagger, those used by the Muslims of the southern Philippines are actually swords, and were used to fight and inflict vicious attacks against the Spaniards during their colonization of the islands. The Spaniards referred to the them as Juramentados.
In addition, the martial arts known as silat is practiced in both countries, with similar weapons used. In Indonesia, it is widely known as pencak silat and as kali in the Philippines.
Oh yeah, may I also mention that the presidents of both countries are also renowned for their war against drugs and their execution-style of punishment for drug addicts?
Yep, I got personal experience - which is better than any type of internet research. Folks, so many people in my family, myself included, has experienced first-hand the similarities between Indonesian and Filipino language and culture.
Okay, forget all the internet research for now, I'm referring to in-person experience.
I remember while at a water park in Illinois, I ran into an Indonesian family at the lazy river. Truth to be told, I thought they were from the Philippines, I heard their dad speak his native language, thought he was speaking Tagalog OR some other Philippine language. I personally asked the daughters what country they came from, turns out they were from Indonesia.
The reason I had taken interest was because I noticed their daughters were wearing the hijab, I had mistaken them to be from the Philippine island of Mindanao or perhaps the Sulu Archipelago, which contains a bulk of the Muslims in the Philippines.
Muslim Filipino culture turns me on, and most, if not all Filipino-Americans tend to be Roman Catholic, Protestant or other Christians.
So getting back on the subject, my cousin told me she watched a documentary back in high school, a documentary relating to Indonesia and Malaysia, same experience, she told me they sounded like the were speaking Tagalog or Filipino.
Her brother, who actually happens to go to Purdue University in West Lafayette, encountered Indonesian students there. His experience is basically the same as my experience in the water park. He thought they were Filipinos, they thought he was Indonesian, whenever he hears them talk it sounds like and reminds him of Tagalog.
My dad's got a Chinese Indonesian office mate talking on his phone in Indonesian, he caught some of the cognates I listed above such as anak or "son".
Well well folks, there ya have it.
NOTEWORTHY OF MENTION
Other interesting you folks should look up is the Boxer Codex, which is a collection of drawings from the 1590s that depicted what Ancient Filipino society was like.
In addition, one should also look up some traditional instruments such as the agung, common in eastern Indonesia, Malaysia and the southern Philippines.
One can also check out this cool Malay-Filipino dictionary, directly aimed towards the similarity of both languages.
SOURCES AND REFERENCES
Information About Sri Lumay
Information About the Laguna Copperplate Inscription
Information About the Ancient Philippine Class System
Tan Malaka Biography
The Fall of Ferdinand Marcos and Suharto
Eat Bulaga! Comes to Indonesia
Spanish Occupation of the Moluccas
UNESCO - History of the Kris Dagger
More Information About the Kris