HomeThe PASCHR Journalvol. 3 no. 1 (2020)

Some Challenges to the Filipino “Malay” Identity

Fernando A. Santiago Jr.



I would like to thank the Philippine Association for the Study of Culture, History and Religion, Inc. (PASCHR) led by its President, Dr. Lilian Diana B. Parreño for inviting me to deliver this lecture. I would also like to thank Dr. Felicidad Galang-Pereña and Dr. Esmeralda F. Sanchez for introducing me to the association. I am greatly honored by this opportunity to share my thoughts on a topic that I consider to be important. I understand that the PASCHR aims to contribute to the “formulation of the Filipino national identity through interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and scholarship on the Philippines' indigenous and folk traditions, as well as their colonial, postcolonial, and contemporary developments and links, within the Asian region and beyond, from the perspectives of culture, history and religion.” I hope that this lecture will contribute to this noble endeavor, particularly on the understanding of the Filipino identity.