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Filipino, in a jiffy

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Antipolo by Fernando Amorsolo, the first Filipino to be honored as a National Artist (1972). Amorsolo was a Spanish-speaking Roman Catholic Tagalog painter from Manila. To make it simpler, he was a Filipino visual artist.

Three attributes make up a Filipino:

1) Hispanic culture, with Malayan Malayo-Polynesian elements as a substrate.
2) The Spanish language.
3) Christianity (Roman Catholic Religion).

Without any of these three attributes, I will only be a half-baked Filipino, a Filipino merely by citizenship. Nothing more. Nothing less.

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