This may not be emphasized well enough in our History Books but the Philippines is definitely a country of immigrants, just like Canada, the USA and most every other country in the world.
This is my version of the Philippines and World History.
The first people of the Philippines came during the first wave of humans from Africa. It’s been said that the first wave of humans from Africa saw humans move away from Africa, towards the Middle East, South-East Asia (including the Philippines) and all the way to present-day Australia.
This happened a long-long time ago, when Australia was still connected to Asia via land bridges. These people haven’t developed boats yet so the only way they know how to travel is by feet. These people are the forefathers of present-day Australian Aborigines, Papua New Guineans and the lesser known South East Asian Negritoes.
The second group of immigrants to the Philippines came during the second wave of humans from Africa. This wave, just like the first wave, took tens of thousands of years to happen… long enough to allow humans to adapt to their new environment and to allow evolution to do its work thus giving birth to the human races.
This is comparable to how the elephants moved away from Africa. Those who ended up in Siberia eventually evolved to become the Mammoths (now extinct) while those who ended up in South-East Asia eventually evolved to become the present-day Asian Elephant, distinguished from their African relatives by the size of their ears, among others.
For humans, those who ended up in Europe eventually evolved to become the Caucasians while those who ended up in East Asia eventually evolved to become the Mongoloids. The Mongoloids who were able to move through present-day Russia and Alaska all the way to the Americas became the American Indians while the Mongoloids who moved southwards towards continental South-East Asia became the Malays.
The seafaring Malays who were able to move to the Philippines in their balangays eventually displaced the Negritoes and became the present-day Filipinos while those who were able to travel all the way to Hawaii eventually became the Native Hawaiians.
The seafaring Caucasians who were able to move to the Americas, including the slaves they brought in from Africa, became the present-day Americans (North Americans and South Americans) while those who were able to travel all the way to Australia eventually displaced the Aborigines and became the present-day Australians.
This Migration story continues to this day. If we develop a technology making it possible for us to survive in the moon, we will.
It’s just a matter of time.
Besides, humans are all immigrants… except maybe the Africans.