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one thing i always wonder about but can never seem to

What is the relationship between the Philippines and other places once colonized by spain?

We don’t speak the same language, even as Tagalog (and many other Filipin@ dialects) has many, many Spanish loan words.

You can see some shared history and culture (Catholicism being a really big one).

There are, of course, many differences.

I always wish that there was some way to… I don’t know, recognize this shared past. Or whatever. To explore and see how we are similar (or different).

It just never seems to come up in places that I access.

(This is just me pondering. I have nothing definitive to say about this. Just a lot of questions and curiosity.)