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List of India-related topics in the Philippines

2019-08-06 20:47:02

India–Philippines relations
Map indicating locations of India and Philippines


Diplomatic mission
Embassy of India[1]
2190 Paraiso,
Metro Manila,
Phone:+63 922 340 4676
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Embassy Of Philippines[2]
50-N Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi 110021,
Phone: +91 11 2611 0152
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Ambassador Mr. Lalduhthlana RalteAmbassador Ms. Teresita C. Daza

India and Philippines have historic ties going back over 3000 years and there are over 150,000 people of Indian origin in Philippines.[3]

Iron Age finds in the Philippines also point to the existence of trade between Tamil Nadu in South India and the Philippines Islands during the ninth and tenth centuries B.C.[4] The influence of Culture of India on Culture of the Philippines intensified from the 2nd through the late 14th centuries CE.[5]

The Indian-Filipinos are Philippine citizens of Indian descent. The NRI are Indian citizens living in Philippines.

This is an alphabetical list:

The influence of Hinduism in the regions of the Philippines.


  • 1 History
  • 2 Language
  • 3 Sports
  • 4 Music
  • 5 Epics and poems
  • 6 Religion
  • 7 People
  • 8 Business
  • 9 Politics and travel
  • 10 Gallery
  • 11 See also
  • 12 References


List of India-related topics in the Philippines is located in Philippines
Kedatuan of Madja-as
Kedatuan of Madja-as
Rajahnate of Butuan
Rajahnate of Butuan
Sultanate of Sulu
Sultanate of Sulu
Kedatuan of Dapitan
Kedatuan of Dapitan
Sultanate of Maguindanao
Sultanate of Maguindanao
Rajahnate of Cebu
Rajahnate of Cebu
Sultanate of Lanao
Sultanate of Lanao
Igorot Plutocracy
Igorot Plutocracy
Chiefdom of Taytay
Chiefdom of Taytay
Locations of the archaic polities and sultanates in the Philippines (900-1521)
A Tagalog couple of the Maginoo nobility class depicted in the 16th-century Boxer Codex.
  • Battle of Manila (1762) by the East India Company's Indian soldiers during Anglo-Spanish War (1761–63)
  • Cainta in Rizal: historic settlement of Indians
  • Golden Tara (Agusan image) is a golden statue that was found in Agusan del Sur
  • History of Indian influence on Southeast Asia
  • Indian settlement in the Philippines
  • Indianisation and Indian cultural influences in early Philippine polities
  • Indosphere
  • Kedatuan of Madja-as
  • Kingdom of Butuan: Indianized kingdom in Philippines
  • Kingdom of Mataram: rival of Sirvijara and its king was Balitung mentioned in the Balitung inscription
  • Laguna Copperplate Inscription, earliest known written document found in the Philippines, in Indianized Kawi script with Sanskrit loanwords
  • Maynila (historical entity)
  • Mount Diwata: named after diwata concept of Philippines based on the devata deity concept of Hinduism
  • Namayan
  • Rajah Matanda (1480–1572), ruler of the Indianized Kingdom of Maynila, together with Rajah Sulayman and Lakan Dula, he was one of three kings that ruled parts of present-day Manila, and fought against the Spanish Empire's colonisation of the Philippines
  • Rajah Sulayman (also Sulayman III, 1558–1575), Indianized Kingdom of Maynila
  • Rajahnate of Cebu of ruler Rajah Humabon based at Singhapala city
  • Sultanate of Maguindanao
  • Sultanate of Lanao
  • Sultanate of Sulu
  • Tabon Caves Garuda Gold Pendant found in the Tabon caves in the island of Palawan, is an image of Garuda, the eagle bird who is the mount of Hindu deity Vishnu[6]
  • Tondo (Historical State)
  • Early industries in Philippines that were introduced from India include boat-building, metal works, weaving of cotton clothes and quicklime mining method
  • Flowers and their Sanskrit names introduced to Philippines by the Indian traders during the ancient times include sampaguita and champaka
  • Fruits and their Sanskrit names introduced to Philippines by the Indian traders during the ancient times include mango, nangka (Jackfruit) and sirisa
  • Vegetables and their Sanskrit names introduced to Philippines by the Indian traders during the ancient times include ampalaya, patola and malunggay


  • Baybayin: ancient Filipino script based on Brahmic family of Indian script
  • Indian honorifics also influenced the Malay, Thai, Filipino and Indonesian honorifics.[7] Examples of these include Raja, Rani, Maharlika, Datu, etc which were transmitted from Indian culture to Philippines via Malays and Srivijaya empire
  • Influence of Indian languages on Tagalog language
  • Sanskrit language loanwords in Cebuano language


Filipino sports influenced by the Indian martial arts

  • Filipino martial arts such as Kalis and others have been inspired by the Indian martial arts


  • Kudyapi, native Filipino guitar of Maranao, Manobo and Maguindanao people, is influenced by the Indian classical music concepts of melody and scale via Maritime Southeast Asia

Epics and poems

Inspired by the Indian Hindu religious epics Ramayana and Mahabharta.

  • Alim and Hudhud Oral traditions of Ifugao of Ifugao people of the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon island of Philippines, are based on the Indian Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharta, the Hudhud Chants of the Ifugao was chosen as one of the 11 Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2001 and formally inscribed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008
  • Hudhud - the Ifugao epic based on the Indian epic Mahabharta
  • Biag ni Lam-ang (English: "The Life of Lam-ang") is an epic poem of the Ilocano people from the Ilocos region of the Philippines based on the Indian Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharta
  • Ibalong epic of Bikol region of Philippines, based on the Indian Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharta


  • Buddhism in the Philippines
  • Buddhism in Southeast Asia
  • Hinduism in the Philippines
  • Hinduism in Southeast Asia
  • Religion in pre-colonial Philippines had Indianized Hindu and Buddhist influence
  • Nanak Darbar Indian Sikh Temple, Iloilo


  • List of Filipino-Indian people
  • Josephine Acosta Pasricha, PhD (Indology) - Filipina Indologist
  • Juan R. Francisco, PhD (Indology) - Filipino Indologist
  • Filipinos in India


  • Business process outsourcing to India
  • Business process outsourcing in the Philippines
  • Indian Companies, some operate in Philippines also
  • Murrah buffalo originally from the Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes, Hisar, Haryana, India was exported to Philippine Carabao Center in Nueva Ecija to improve the breed of Filipino carabao
  • Maritime Southeast Asia under the influence of Indosphere

Politics and travel

  • India–Philippines relations
  • Visa requirements for Indian citizens
  • Visa requirements for Filipino citizens
  • Tourism in the Philippines
  • Tourism in India


See also

  • Indian Australians
  • Indian Singaporeans
  • Indian Indonesians
  • Indian Malaysians
  • Filipino Australian
  • Australian Indian Ocean Territories


  1. ^ Embassy of India
  2. ^ Embassy of Philippines
  3. ^ Indians in Philippines
  4. ^ Tamil language, Archived 13 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ The cultural influence of India, Archived 1 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Palawan Tabon garuda
  7. ^ Krishna Chandra Sagar, 2002, An Era of Peace, Page 52.