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The Peopling of the Philippines: Evidence from our DNA

The Peopling of the Philippines:Evidence from our DNA


25 November 2015 4.30 pm

San Alberto Hurtado Hall (formerly SDC Conference Room)

Social Development Complex, Ateneo de Manila University

Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City

The “migration waves” theory of the peopling of the Philippines has remained very popular even if it has received sustained criticism since the 1970s for distorting the “racial origins” of Filipinos. But where is the scientific evidence?

Since the late 1990s, some geneticists have been collecting DNA samples from ethnolinguistic groups and regional center populations throughout the country. A number of studies have been published in journals of genetics, but the information and analyses have not filtered beyond the specialists.

This talk, which is based on the lead contribution in the December 2015 issue of Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, synthesizes the findings of studies on Philippine genetics and presents them in a manner accessible to nonspecialists.

Come and learn about the peopling of the Philippines!

Copies of the journal will be on sale at a special price.

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