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Kayumanggi (was: LOTR credit line)

From:Viktor Orenji <vmed@...>
Date:Saturday, January 3, 2004, 1:59
On Fri, 2 Jan 2004 16:52:00 -0800, Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>
> >Anyway, in the Philippines in Tagalog, there is one color word that is >used solely for skin color, kayumanggi, which is only used for the brown >color of Filipino skin. It is never used for the color brown. Caucasians >are called "puti" (white). I am not sure what other "races" are called, >but usually it's more ethnicity than skin color.
I know that in Tagalog, Chinese are "Intsik," blacks are "Itim," East Indians are "Bumbay," white Americans are "Kano" (the Filipino cultural pseudo-equivalent for the Japanese word "gaijin" or Hawaiian "Haole"), and for all other ethnicities a Hispanic loan is used: "Hapon" (Japanese), "Griyego" (Greek), "Kastila" (Spanish), et cetera. For mixed- race peoples, a person who shows a high Caucasian phenotypical manifestation is called a "mestiso," but a person with a high percentage of Chinese traits is called a "chinito." The 19th-century Spanish word "Indio" used for native Malay-type Filipinos is almost never used nowadays. Usually, one hears a circumlocution like "mukhang Pilipino talaga" (really looks genuine Filipino). --Viktor