by aLfie vera mella
In Which Continent Is the Philippines Situated?
Dahil sa sunud-sunod na kalamidád na kamakaila’y puminsala sa malaking bahagi ng Pilipinas at ng iba pang bansa sa Asya, e malamang sikát na naman sa buong mundo ang Pilipinas at ang kontinente ng Asya. Dahil dito e naalala ko tuloy yung minsang napag-diskursuhan namin ng isang pinsan kong lakí sa Canada tungkol sa heograpiya ng Pilipinas.
One day, that cousin of mine told me that she learned something new about Philippine geography from a comedy show that she recently watched. She said that, according to the Filipino-Canadian comedian who starred the show, Filipinos are not actually Asians but are instead Pacific Islanders because the Philippines is not found in Asia but is rather located in the Pacific Islands. I said, “What! Are you serious? Did you really believe that the comedian was telling a fact and not a joke?” At first, I thought that my cousin was simply starting a joke on me, but, wow, she was really adamant in convincing me to believe also what that comedian allegedly said. Wary of starting a heated discussion, I just said to my cousin that the best source in verifying the validity of a factual information is not a comedian nor a comedy show but any reliable site on the Internet. Finally, she calmed down. Good!
The Philippines is a country in Southeast Asia comprised by an archipelago of 7,107 islands scattered in the western Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Islands—sometimes collectively called Oceania—on the other hand, is the archipelago in the Pacific Ocean which consists of 20,000 to 30,000 islands that include New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Marianas, Guam, New Zealand, the Hawaiian Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, and French Polynesia.
There are many other islands located within the boundaries of the Pacific Ocean that are not considered part of Oceania. These islands include the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador; the Aleutian Islands in Alaska; the Russian islands of Sakhalin and Kuril Islands; Taiwan; the Philippines; the South China Sea Islands; most of the islands of Indonesia; and the island nation of Japan, which includes the Ryukyu Islands. The inhabitants of these islands are not considered to be Pacific Islanders; they are usually identified with the continent nearest to them or the continent in which their country or island is situated.
Sa Madaling Salita
Ang Pilipinas ay bahagi ng Asya, hindi ng Pacific Islands (or Oceania); kung kaya ang mga Filipino ay Asyano, hindi Pacific Islanders.
Huwag basta-basta maniniwala sa mga pinagsasabi ng isang komedyante, lalo na kapag ito ay nasa entablado at nagpapatawa. Ang pinakamabuting paraan upang makasiguro kung ang impormasyong iyong nakalap e totoo ay ang pagsasaliksik sa tulong ng Internet.
Or, in Simple Words
The Philippines is a part of Asia, not of the Pacific Islands (or Oceania), making Filipinos—the native inhabitants of the Philippines and their descendants—Asians, not Pacific Islanders.
Don’t take the words of a comedian seriously, especially when he is onstage firing his punchlines. The best way to validate a piece of information is to check out reliable and relevant Web sites on the Internet.