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today's question comes from an of

Southern California hula Kirby who was

the first Filipino now before we answer

this question that is first clarify a

few things this video is not gonna be

about the first people to ever live in

the islands we now called the

Philippines because if we trace the

first ever human to ever live in the

islands that would span thousands of

years if not even hundreds of thousands

of years given the recent discoveries so

yes it is a simple yet very complicated

question to answer but let's get on it

today when we say Filipino we refer to

the people who are from the Philippines

or with roots back in the Philippines

but it is important to remember that

this was not always the case

in fact it was never the case for the

most part of our history and you can

learn more about this in my other videos

such as the one rain I talked about why

the Philippines was named the

Philippines or the first Filipinos in

America and I'll link them down below so

check them out after this video now back

to answering the question as I've

mentioned before the term Filipino

Filipino was not always this inclusive

identity this inclusive term that

includes all the people from the

Philippines in the Philippines or with

roots back in the Philippines the word

Filipino originally only applied to

Spaniards who were born in the


so basically when they first came up

with the word Filipino it only applied

to white people who were born in the

islands and it doesn't even count the

mix or the mestizo population of the

islands back then it only applied to

white people

pure white people who happen to be born

in the Philippines not even mixed we

asked Filipino people today have only

started using the term Filipino to

identify ourselves back in the late


during the rise of Filipino nationalism

an anti colonial revolution and perhaps

the most well known amongst the earliest

people to embrace and reclaim this

nationalist Filipino identity is none

other than the hero Jose Rizal scholars

like Leon Maria Guerrero the third

consider resolved to be the FIR

filipino resolves revolutionary writings

played a pivotal role in planting the

seeds of the modern-day philippines of

the modern-day filipino identity he was

instrumental in the development of this

nationalist filipino consciousness that

we know today but Jose Rizal was not

really the first person to ever

officially claim and reclaim this

Filipino identity in a nationalist and

patriotic sense according to other

scholars like my Lola's own cousin

national artist and former Secretary of

Education Alejandro and engrosses that

distinction of being the first to

reclaim and claim the Filipino identity

in a patriotic and national sense would

be none other than Don Luis Rodriguez

Varela otherwise known as el Condor

Filipino Luis Rodriguez Varela was the

first-ever person to proudly and

officially name himself a Filipino on

paper defying colonial limitations and

exclusive definitions of the term Don

Luiz officially reclaimed the term

filipino 66 years before Jose Rizal was

even born and 103 years before the

declaration of Philippine Independence

it was in the year 1795 when the Spanish

monarchy had granted and declared Don

Luis a count and when he was given a

chance to choose his own title Don Luis

Rodriguez Varela had chosen to become el

Condor Filipino literally the Filipino

count but how does that even make any

sense he was a Spanish town so how does

that make him patriotic a nationalist

first while we can never be 100% sure of

his race nor the true makeup of his

ethnicity Don Luis was born in the

Philippines and he fully embraced the

islands as his home and the people as

his own and he did this through words

and actions he was one of those who had

the privilege of studying in France

during the age of the Enlightenment

inspired by the revolutionary ideas

sweeping Europe

he brought this knowledge and wisdom

back to his motherland the Philippines

he used these enlightened ideas to

understand and address the issues and

concerns facing the people of 18th

century Philippines he was an

illustrator but despite being born and

raised with such tremendous privilege

and conduct Filipino advocated for

extensive social changes in the

archipelago to overhaul this corrupted

and oppressive colonial society

he stood up for social justice at a time

when Western imperialism was rising to

its peak and wrecking havoc across all

inhabitable continents he was a prolific

writer who wrote not just for the sake

of writing or academics but to actually

push for lasting social changes in one

of his most famous publications the

historic proclamation Alcorn the

Filipino took a stand to demand the

following to demand equality for all the

inhabitants of the islands whether or

not they were Spanish by birth in other

words equality regardless of your race

or the color of your skin he demanded to

improve the education system and even

called for a free public primary

education at a time when education even

in countries like the United States was

still limited to those with privileged

money and power he wanted the islands to

break free from foreign influence in

business he wanted to promote local

economic development to benefit the

local communities instead of in reaching

foreign powers he demanded Filipino

representation in the Spanish for death

or the Spanish Parliament so that the

people of the islands can have their

voice heard and applied to be addressed

he advocated for more participation in

all levels of government as well as in

the local church because back then

within the Catholic Church racism

oppression exploitation and corruption

were still terribly widespread and

targeted against people of color

he called for changes within the

criminal justice system so that it would

be fair for brown people instead of

always protecting white supremacy so yes

using today's language one could call

him a Filipino scholar activist one

whose actions and words aroused and

empowered many in the Philippines to

take a stand against colonialism and

imperialism but on the 18th of February

1823 Don Luis Rodriguez Varela along

with his group who called themselves

sons of the nation were deported for

defying colonial power they were exiled

and banished from the Philippines for

demanding social justice for the people

of the islands have gone the Filipino

along with his fellow sons of the nation

were amongst the very first in a long

line of Filipinos who were fighting for

economic political and social justice in

the islands we now call the Philippines

they laid the foundations for a

nationalist movement that would later be

taken up by the like suppose a bizarre

Durga Musa and the revolutionary

Katipunan in 1887 64 years after their

exile the young Jose Rizal published

nanami Tanqueray the first of his two

novels that inspired a new generation of

Filipinos including Andres Bonifacio to

take a stand to rise up and demand

equality liberty and justice to fight

for the freedom of the motherland and to

demand justice for the oppressed in

essence and in its very core claiming

and reclaiming our identities be it

being Filipino or Philippine X or what

not is a powerful step and a political

choice and that being Filipino despite

the term having deep rooted colonialism

can also be grounded and be reclaimed to

take a stand through liberty and justice

but this can only be done through taking

actions for the love of the motherland

and in the service of its people our

people and that is it for me today if

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