Filipino, Indonesian, and Malaysian ethnicity - top countries
Filipino, Indonesian, and Malaysian ethnicity is common in the following countries, according to MyHeritage DNA users' data.Select another ethnicity
Filipino, Indonesian, and Malaysian ethnicity
This region of the world is home to hundreds of groups where each is united by its language, most of them in the family of languages called Austronesian. In the Philippines, the Negrito, an ancient people, migrated from mainland Asia, to settle on the islands around 90,000 years ago - and their heirs have become a great source of information for those studying pre-Hispanic culture. Most Filipinos today are ethnically Malayo-Polynesian, and their language is in the Austronesian family. Other ethnic nations include the Ivatan, the Ilocano, Tagalog, Cebuano, among many more. Many of these peoples converted to Christianity, while in western Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago, some practice Islam. Still others have retained animistic beliefs. Of the more than 300 ethnic groups in Indonesia, and in contrast to the Philippines early immigration, 95% are Native Indonesians. That large group breaks down into ethnic groups of, among many others, the Javanese, the Sundanese, Malay, and Madurese. Native Indonesians are called Pribumi (“sons of the land”). Finally, the ethnicities found in Malaysia include this same diversity - and then some, to the extent that modern day Malaysians connect by virtue of other shared points - such as the geographical proximity, shared history, and common culture - not shared ethnicity per se, as there are so many ethnic groups found in close proximity to each other.