Who is the Filipino? genome expert asks

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It is a question that has been asked for generations: “Who is the Filipino?”

A Filipino-American scientist and global genomics expert believes the answer is in every one of us, literally.

Michael Purugganan, a world authority on the molecular study of the origin, evolution and characteristics of organisms, is calling on the government, private sector and Filipino scientists to embark on the Philippines’ own genome project—an undertaking that would determine where the Filipino comes from.

“One of the things that I’ve always advocated is a systematic analysis of the genome of Filipinos… It’s still really basic research but I think it has practical values. It allows us to see, for example, what genetic diseases we might have, which might help doctors,” Purugganan told the Inquirer on Jan. 30.

“Just as important is that it allows us to see who we are, to tell the story of who we are. That’s a very powerful idea, that we as Filipinos can go to our DNA and see who we are and what makes us different,” said the dean of science at New York University (NYU) while on a visit to Manila.

Purugganan, who works closely on rice genome studies with the Laguna-based International Rice Research Institute, proposed to look into the DNA of a representative group of 10 Filipinos from different provinces and tribal groups, and sequence their genome, the entirety of an organism’s genetic makeup.

The project would ultimately answer the question that one local apparel brand posed through billboard ads last year: “What’s your mix?”

“I remember somebody asking me that and I had to think about it. I said, ‘I actually don’t know what being a Filipino means genetically.’ So, genetically we’re mixtures of Taiwanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Indian, Arab, Spanish, probably some American and British. It’s just different degrees,” Purugganan said.

This is not to say, however, that no one is native Filipino, said Purugganan, who became the features editor of the Collegian in the early 1980s and finished a chemistry degree at the University of the Philippines (UP), before taking up advanced studies in top universities in the United States.

Most everyone, after all, is born with a mix of bloodlines from different parts of the world, given the long history of human migration, settlement and, in the case of the Philippines, colonization.

“Of course, there is native Filipino. What it means to be native Filipino is to be somebody who lives on these islands and traces his ancestry from all these people who have come to these islands for tens and thousands of years,” said the professor, who heads NYU laboratories in New York and Abu Dhabi primarily studying the evolution of plant genomes.

“Even though we’re mixtures from all these places, we can find out what makes us different from all those mixtures,” said the Manila-born Purugganan.

He said other countries like India and China had sequenced the genomes of their citizens as they understood “why it’s important economically and culturally.”

“India has sequenced 200 genomes. China has done it and there’s a big international project on a thousand genomes. They want to know who they are. They want to know what mutations there are in genomes of citizens that would allow them to develop new drug therapies,” the professor said.

It’s a test that Purugganan had done on himself to determine his ancestry. “I actually thought that my father was a quarter Spanish. Turns out my father was half-Spanish. My grandmother was full Spanish. I’m quarter,” said the 49-year-old professor, who visits the Philippines once or twice a year.

“And I found out that my Y chromosome, the maleness gene, is related to the Y chromosomes found in China, which is probably true because we probably got a lot of immigration from China and a lot of intermarriages,” he said.

While already tied up in teaching, laboratory and administrative tasks at NYU, Purugganan said he would be willing to lead the effort. He believed the project should be conducted by an all-Filipino team.

“We do have in the country people who can do it. They’ve never done this project but I don’t think that would stop them from doing this… I think our scientists are very, very good, really motivated, well-trained and they’re looking for exciting challenges,” he said.

He expressed admiration for his Filipino colleagues, noting how they cope with challenges that continue to hound scientists in the Philippines, including limited resources for research and low pay.

Purugganan said the Philippine Genome Center at UP Diliman had expressed interest in the project if granted proper funding. The NYU dean of science, who sits on the center’s international advisory board, said he was “very impressed” with UP’s genome lab, saying it had genome sequencers and other equipment at par with those used in top laboratories overseas.

He said his proposed Philippine genome study could be done at P5 million. Government and private foundations could partner for the program. “It’s something that would be exciting, something that would resonate with Filipinos,” he said.

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  • boybakal

     Ako ay Pilipino, ang dugo’y maharlika
    Likas sa aking puso adhikaing kay ganda
    Sa Pilipinas na aking bayan
    Lantay na Perlas ng Silanganan
    Wari’y natipon ang kayamanan ng Maykapal
    Bigay sa ‘king talino sa mabuti lang laan
    Sa aki’y katutubo ang maging mapagmahal
    Ako ay Pilipino, ako ay Pilipino
    Isang bansa, isang diwa ang minimithi ko
    Sa bayan ko’t bandila laan buhay ko’t diwa
    Ako ay Pilipino, Pilipinong totoo
    Ako ay Pilipino, ako ay Pilipino
    Taas noo kahit kanino, ang Pilipino ay Ako

    • server.171

      aeta ang tunay na pinoy

  • boybakal

     Ako’y isang Pinoy sa puso’t diwa

    Pinoy na isinilang sa ating bansa

    Ako’y hindi sanay sa wikang mga banyaga

    Ako’y Pinoy na mayroong sariling wika.

    Chorus

    Wikang pambansa ang gamit kong salita

    Bayan kong sinilangan

    Hangad kong lagi ang kalayaan.

    Si Gat Jose Rizal nuo’y nagwika

    Siya ay nagpangaral sa ating bansa

    Ang hindi raw magmahal sa sariling wika

    Ay higit pa ang amoy sa mabahong isda.

  • Guest

    Purugganan is probably just a variation of Furuganan. Petra Furuganan, the mother of Juan Ponce Enrile, lived in that little known place in Cagayan not so far from Taiwan and China. Juan Ponce Enrile himself has inherited his mother’s Chinese-looking eyes. Going by the north-south migration of Asians from Sibera to Mongolian steppes to China’s central plains to Southeast Asia, it is not surprising that Dr. Purugganan’s Y chromosomes is linked to those found in China. Genomes aside, is that also the reason why Juan Ponce Enrile is so switik?

    • 12JEM

       Two theories about possible origin of majority of the Filipinos:

      1. Starting from Yunnan Province our ancestors traveled eastward to Taiwan. From Taiwan tehy spread to the Philippines and other areas in the South Pacific.

      2. From Yunnan Province our ancestors travelled to the mainland Southeast Asia and then spread to Indonesia and the Philippines and other islands including Tawian.

  • Guest

    Purugganan is probably just a variation of Furuganan. Petra Furuganan, the mother of Juan Ponce Enrile, lived in that little known place in Cagayan not so far from Taiwan and China. Juan Ponce Enrile himself has inherited his mother’s Chinese-looking eyes. Going by the north-south migration of Asians from Sibera to Mongolian steppes to China’s central plains to Southeast Asia, it is not surprising that Dr. Purugganan’s Y chromosomes is linked to those found in China. Genomes aside, is that also the reason why Juan Ponce Enrile is so switik?

  • http://yahoo.com koy-bili

    wow what a paltry amount ! many of our politicians can easily fund this project and even expand it so they will know where they got the “corrupt” genome.. and somehow study how to cure it :)

  • Roy Batty

    Filipinos lineage can be traced back to the Aryan race!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RRFGBCEJ6OURIE3PW3I5YCH3FQ Hideki

    Jejemon Binays genome belongs to the pygmy of borneo and sumatra indonesia. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/ltisalona Liza Tisalona

    !

    • Roy Batty

       Feeding program, pagkatapos ng isang araw sa kubeta lang din ang ending.

  • boybakal

    Who is the Filipino? genome expert asks….

    One who is Pango, Maitim or Kayumanggi, normal ang taas, itim ang buhok, di singkit.
    Yan ang tunay ng Pilipino.
    Vote Binay….the Filipino he is.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6NDRGGX6M5R2GSJMKBBOAKOFU Noel

      hindi tunay pinoy c binay kasi corrupt

    • Roy Batty

      Hmmm…the dark force is strong on that one.

      • Jomex

        haha

  • oh_noh

    PHP5M? Barya lng yan lalu na ngayong eleksyon!

  • EdgarEdgar

    While the question of ‘who is the Filipino’ remains a vexing one, there is no doubt that our homosexual pervert of a president Noynoy is a mutation of the worst genes from China, Spain and Southeast Asia. Despite Noynoy’s double x-chromosomes, he came out of his mother’s womb in a man’s body. In time, science will find the answer to why abnormalities and abominations such as Noynoy exist. Until science does, may God save the queer!

    • Diepor

      Your writing tells us a story about your simple mind. A man from very poor background and a result of bad breeding that use God as an excuse to hate anyone with succes in life. Even heaven will be closed for you because of your hate towards other people.

      • EdgarEdgar

        Breeding? Noynoy and his clan enslaved thousands of farmers and deprived the landless peasants of their land for 55 years and counting. That’s robbery and slavery in broad daylight for more than half a century. If that’s breeding, I’d rather not have it. Better yet, you can shove it up your behind.

    • RJ

      This is exactly why I am “somehow” in favor of the cyber crime law. When they could not find anything wrong with what you do they will make sure they find something against who you are. 

      • EdgarEdgar

        Brilliant. What about black propaganda against GMA which were ultimately dismissed by SC and the Ombudsman. Cases such as the OWWA fund scam, Malampaya fund mess, the PCSO plunder, Maguindanao Massacre and so on. Those cases are all malicious, slanderous, libelous and have failed to stand in the court of law.

        Your weak argument in favor of the anti-cybercrime law could only come from a weak mind like yours.

  • Guest

    Matauhan na sana ang mga tinamaan ng lintek na parating sinasangkalan ang lahi at hindi ang tunay na pagkatao upang hamakin ang kapwa at sisihin ang iba sa kanilang sariling pagkukulang.

  • iCarLes

    Jejomokong genes actually can be traced to the prehistoric cavemen & if he wins the election for sure he will turn back time so that the Philipppines goes back to the prehistoric times so he will feel very comfortable. Enjoy your last three years of glory with P’noy & brace yourself for a “return of the Philippines to the bankrupt era”. All this $20 Billion budget surplus are guaranteed to disappear before Jojomoron term ends. This PDI discussion will disappear also. So, kababayan , save your money to be ready for the “Dark Age” days. God save us all.

  • go88

    no need to spend P 5million to know what abnoy’s genome is …

    • boyod

      correct ka dyan@!

  • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

    Very interesting and important reporting.

    Undeniably,  from genomics, printed in DNA, colored in blood, appeared in face, hardened in bone, structured in flesh, we are

    Cheers.

  • jerome_jcb

    Pag ang UNA at ang kampon ng mga corrupt ay ihahalal ng mga bobotanteng Pilipino sa darating na halalan, ewan ko lang..? baka itatakwil ko na ang pagiging Pilipino..? Sasabihin ko na lang…na…. Bisaya ako..! At itatatag ko ang Republika ng Visayas….. ho….ho…ho…ho….ho…! Dapat nga malaman na talaga kung ano talaga ang tunay na lahing Pilipino at sobrang dami na talaga ang mga gahaman at ganid sa kapangyarihan… Dapat sugpuin at puksain na…!

    • boyod

      layoa sa imong komentaryo dong

  • Rovingmoron

    The real issue on who is the Filipino is as deep and mysterious as how the universe was created. When the aborigines first settled in the Philippines, they didn’t know anything about whether they were Filipinos or not. First and foremost, the word “Filipino” was derived from the word “Philippines” which came from King Philip of Spain, after it was discovered by Magellan.  As far as I’m concerned, the question doesn’t deserve to be answered. It should be reframed to suit the purpose of the investigation. If the scientists wanted to find out or retrace our genes as who really we are as a people, they can just devise another way of finding it out through the scientific way. Historically, the Philippines was occupied by the aborigines who either came from the neighboring countries like Indonesia or somewhere else. At that time, most parts of Asia were interconnected by land bridges. It was only during the melting of the ice when these land bridges were wiped out, which eventually created much of the islands, including the Philippines. At that time, it wasn’t named Philippines. It’s something else,  I’m sure. For me, the Filipino is a hybrid of many races put into one. That’s the reason why we have our own differences as a people because our genes came from various cultures and traditions.

    • boyod

      so you are not moron, thanks 

  • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

    It is believed that
    before the end of the Ice Age, about 70,000,000 years ago, our country was
    connected to the mainland of Asia by long strips of land. These strips of land
    served as land bridges. It was said that people in the mainland could travel by
    land to the Philippines without crossing the sea.

    • boyod

      HALLUCINATION!

      • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

         copy and paste, not original.

  • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

     PH isn’t discovered by anybody.

  • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

     Philippine wasn’t discovered by any Europeans.

  • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

    The similarity of the
    natural plants and animals in the mainland of Asia and that of the Philippines
    may prove that the Philippines were once a part of the mainland of Asia.

    • Loggnat

      Or mainland Asia which might have been covered with glaciers during the ice age and the flora and fauna from southeast Asia encroaches mainland Asia as the ice glaciers melts. A lot of possibilities…… :))

  • Babiker_Ahmed

    A genome that influences having a crab mentality…

    • lucidlynx

      And your statement is already one example.

  • farmerpo

     If you are born in the Philippines, you are Filipino. Genomes cannot differentiate an American from a Filipino. It is the scientist who will tag the individual with the citizenship identity of the person whose genes are put under the microscope. Genome sequencing at the cheapest currently, is USD50k each x 50 = USD500k at the least. PHP5M is nowhere near the cost. Genomics is good for determining the strength and weaknesses of the individual in relation to health and for planning a nuclear family. It can help avoid such diseases as cancer for instance but it cannot tell if an individual is Pinoy or not. Citizenship is geography bound, not genetically.
    Genomics is for boosting national/global health of people, not for political identification.
     ‘Genomics can lay out the best genomic profile of an ant but can never tell us how the ant makes an anthill…Michio Kaku.’

    • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

       Genomics, in theory and in belief, can tell one where she/he belongs to and is from.

       Genomics isn’t about citizenship, it is about relationship.

       Genomics is useful to help people get rid of stupidities.

       We all know where we are from, genomics can just confirm it, and we are

      Cheers.

    • lucidlynx

      You did not understand the article at all. The aim of the study is to find out who we are not to determine whether we are Filipino or not. We already know the answer to the latter.

      Read the title again: “Who is the Filipino?” and not “Are we Filipinos?”

      Genetics has nothing to do with citizenship or nationality.

      • batangpaslit

        bagay lang ang ID mo, Bro. you have a lucid mind indeed

      • farmerpo

         Then the question should have been ‘what is the Filipino?’ if we are referring just to the genetic make up of the Filipino. ‘Who’  is asking for personal/national  identity. Thank you, Luci.

  • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

    Haplogroup O1a, if you have it, we are

    Cheers.

  • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

    If you have Haplogroup O3, youare

    Cheers.

  • altair22

    I bet they will find genes identical to crabs and that fruit called balimbing…

  • bogli_anakdami

    flip gung gongs are FUCKTORY DEFECTS…

    dapat i-recall…

  • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

    I bet the genomic study will reveal that we have big brothers.

  • herecomesrusty

    May dugong espaniol daw. .. Pilipino ka nga. Haha
    How do you know if a person is pinoy? Pssst! ayun lumingon…

    • batangpaslit

      hahaha…
      kulang sa research si Mr Puruganan
      di nia ito na discover, eh?
      ano tawag dian? culturalgenomics?
      hehehe…

  • bogli_anakdami

    flip gung gongs have not fully evolved… lookit prez gung gong akin’o… he’s the missing link… 

    • Marx Louis Wang

      tangengot, you are the wandering link!!! bhwar har har har har!!!!

      • bogli_anakdami

        veep prez binay is half (50%) unggoy, half (50%) gung gong… 100% flip gung gongs overall… gung gong dna is the dominant trait…

        marlou w is the tsonggo forerunner… malapit ng mag evolved to full unggoy specimen…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        malibog, baka ikaw ang gung gong nyaha ha ha………

  • itsumo kokomo

    Anyone who get rich due to his position in government, surely that’s a real FILIPINO.

  • freedom of navigation

    For more than three centuries of Spanish dominance, no doubt Filipinos are 60% Spanish. Filipinos names and surnames proves it further.

  • Teresita Sy

    He will be surprised to find how many stupid alleles are there in that whole filipino genome.

  • Paking

    My guess is that it will be a combination of the following:
    – Native Filipino   : pango at walang bahay
    – Chinese           : may pagka-singkit, dilaw at corrupt (gusto sa kanya lahat)
    – Indonesian       : lahing katulong (tulad natin)
    – American         : nagturo nang english sa atin at kung paano kumain nang salad
    – Spanish           : mapagmalaki, ipokrito, indio ang tawag sa atin
    – Arab                : gabay sa pambababae at panlalalake (puwedeng mag-asawa nang marami)
    – Indian              : five-six (pautang)
    – Taiwanese       : nawawalang intsik (napadpad sa Taiwan di makabalik sa Mainland)
    – Atbp               : bahala na kayong magdagdag

    Resulta             : FILIPINO, nasa Senado at Kongreso at sa ibang sulok nang gobyerno
                              (di mapigil sa pagnanakaw)

    • bogli_anakdami

      flip gung gongs = iyuteros (sang tambaks ang kabits) + magnanakaws + mamamatay-tao + devout katolickdicks…

    • FernandoBusi

      that was really funny …

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/4IAZLBKQHY37D2UQXIVS5STM6I dbora

       paking… you forgot the persians. persian is different from arab.. and offcourse the mongolians.. you forgot them too. …tsaka there is no native filipino blood… because its just a mixture …dba???

      • Paking

         You are right, I am forgot to include many things, kaya nga nilagay ko Atbp : bahala na kayong magdagdag. I would like to think that the Native Filipino is the Aeta noong di pa nasalinan nang dugo ng banyaga. Nakalimutan ko sa listahan yong unggoy, ahas at buwaya na pinanggalingan ng mga pulitiko sa bansa.

    • Guest

      - Pinoy       : talangka, maporma, tamad, racist, duwag, traydor, opurtunista, malikot ang kamay, magaling magpalusot, ingitero, mayabang, sakim, pakitang tao, malibog, TNT, KSP, relihiyosong hipokrito, walang disiplina, mabisiyo, colonial mentality, maasa sa iba, walang asenso, hampaslupang kinabukasan, mamamatay tao. Gipit-kapit sa patalim, squatter, gaya-gaya, walang malasakit sa bayang pekeng patriotiko, atbp.

      • peach black

        thanks for describing yourself.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

      A FILIPINO is actually a person who is born in the Philippines whose parents are of SPANISH citizenship, e.g, SPANIARDS.

  • renatocesperat

    What is the use of this genome afterall…Well, it could prove that we can advance in science? But how it translates into economic benefits? If to make advances in curing illnesses, there’s already stem cell that would answer from studying the genes themselves to find ways how to cure diseases. Is it really important to know our genetic origin? History gives us already the idea.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HXZDPPM7QW2OPZ5ZC3A6BE3SGU Penoy

    Kung walang pagkakakitaan iyan sa pulitiko, o sa mga militar o pulis, just forget it!!! Ganiyan naman sa atin, walang suporta sa mga mambabatas, sa gubyerno, sa militar, o sa pribadong sektor kasi puro naman sarili ang iniisip!!! Kaniya ang bansa natin kawawa… Ang mga mayayaman lalong yumayaman, ang pulubi kung hindi swertihin lalo na sa mga anak wala nang pag asang umangat… Wala na ang salitang makabayan sa atin mga kababayan… Puro na lang makasarili!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TCQMRK4HVOSF2IGML46TAGKMXU Benjamin

    Seriously speaking, the Filipino based on our own history started basically from the Aetas or Negritos (small negros), followed by the Indonesians and lately by the Malays. Inter-racial marriages among the three races in the beginning produced Filipinos of brownish colors. However, with the arrival of the Chinese (via the barter trading with the natives) and subsequently with the colonization of the Spaniards, the Americans, the Japanese and other races, the Filipinos of today sad to say have really no distinctive features to be proud of. We have more than 80 dialects spoken in the archipelago. Our national language is a mixture of English, Chinese, Malay, and about 70% Spanish. Wala talaga tayong sariling maipagmamalaking wika na purong Tagalog. Meron bang Tagalog sa machine? Hindi ba makina ang tawag eh ang daming klaseng makina. Ang Mayor ay English pero nung panahon ni Villegas ang tawag diyan ay Gatpuno, alkalde sa Spanish at Punong-Bayan sa tagalog parin. Somebody in the early 60’s translated plane into salipawpaw, chair into salumpuwit, Physics as Lipnayan,  Zoology at Dalubhayupan and Botany as Dalubhalamanan but …. naiintindihan ba ito ng mga Pinoy ngayon? Just be happy for what we have and that is a fact!

    • rosaddiaq

       We belong to a group of people called Austronesians who originated from southern China thru Taiwan about 6,000 years ago ( google Austronesians ). There is already genetic data that shows our similarities with Taiwanese. The Austronesians migrated as far as Madagascar to the west and New Zealand ( the Maoris ) to the south and Easter Island to the east. The Melanesians and Polynesians ( Hawaiaans ) are also related. Negritoes ( Papuans and Australian aborigines ) are from an even earlier migration ( 40,000 years ago  ) from northeastern Africa. See Nat Geo and IBM Genographic Project, Stephen Wells.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/I2GKO5AMCMQ6UQ6AE3OITDBB24 Raize

      Dati po ang mayor ay tinatawag na Kapitan..hindi lang alkade o gatpuno…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        kapitan? kapitan del barrio? Alcalde Mayor? 

    • pasaway008ako

      May ‘Tama ka’. Kaya nga ang salitang Tagalog ay naghalo-halo na dahil nga sa maraming salita dito sa ‘Pinas. Hindi katulad sa ibang bansa na kung English ang salita ay English lang, kung German ay German lang, etc hindi katulad dito sa ‘pinas na may ilocano, may pangasinensi, may kapampangan, waray, itawis, ibanag, bikol, cebuano…etc

    • bagongpnoi

      kasama ba ang salungganisa at salungguhit dun? just kidding

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

      TAGALOG ng MACHINE is MAKINA, same with ILOCANO………..don’t worry, we have the ALIBATA or BAYBAYIN…..

    • juansanmateo

      definitely elementary textbook lang nabasa mo

  • bogli_anakdami

    i mapped out flip gung gongs gnomes… and, voila!

    flip gung gongs = aswang+dwende+tikbalang+maligno+manananggal

    • patriot2008

      U like dakukoutin and afpako deserve death

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4C2SFYIH52Y2KR7QPZPHJO2XQQ sl1

    This  is useless undertaking  why not spend our times improving our quality of life by providing better education, jobs and security for the citizenry .

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

      kaya hindi umuunlad ang science sa philippines ganito ang mga talangka mind ng iba diyan. you think 5m can help better education jobs and security?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4C2SFYIH52Y2KR7QPZPHJO2XQQ sl1

        I am not referring to the 5m but the genome project for which I knew was already done by others.  I love science!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYDG63W2MVGRU2YOI7HBD23EXQ Adrian

        In a way agree ako kay sl1..for better education na lang kasama ka na rin don sl1 nahilo ako sa english mo…”was already been done”  ano raw?  I loved science–bakit past tense ineng? bumalik ka grammar class ha ineng? idagdag yung 5 million pesos for better education for better grammar, lol

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4C2SFYIH52Y2KR7QPZPHJO2XQQ sl1

        pasenya na grade six lang natapos ko. Kaya nga better education ang gusto ko. 

  • pasaway008ako

    Ano na namang palabra ito? sino ang pinoy? E di mga tao ng ‘Pinas kong mahal! Ano pa? Bago dumating si Magellan, mayroon na si Lapulapu, kaya lang si Magellan ang nakakita sa islang ito at sinakop na rin at pagakatos ay pinangalanang Phillipines sa pamamagitan ni King Phillip of Spain, kaya naging Phillip-pines. Kung ang lahing pinoy ay naghalo-halo ay dahil maraming dayuhan ang napadpad dito sa pinas at nag-asawa sila ng pinay dahil magaganda ang mga pinay!!!

    Ang Pinoy ay mga tao sa “pinas kong mahal!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/I2GKO5AMCMQ6UQ6AE3OITDBB24 Raize

      I agree pero maganda pa din kung alam natin ang ating pinagmulan..at para na rin malaman ang mga sakit na nakukuha lang ng mga pinoy.

  • bagongpnoi

    i think the only benefit that we can get from this is for medical purposes, aside from knowing how many percent of blood mix you have which is easy as long as you know your parents. bottom line….spend that P5M on something productive

    • Jomex

      medical purposes is “something productive”. imagine if you map your genome and discover that smoking will trigger your cancer genes very much faster than other people, definitely worth looking into.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ELGS2BPKJKG5PDWJAOOCF7K5KI Albert

      Some mothers don’t even know who the father of their children are. So what chance do those kids have of knowing their parents

  • ApoLapullapu

    Who we are or where we came from does not matter anymore.  What matters to many Filipinos is how to eat three times a day and how to build the future if there is any.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HZ6RMBCOHFSMRHADSCAMCXUGQ erick

    5 million? I’ll forward this to the most hon. Senator Lito Lapid, who is a patron of the arts and sciences. He might still have some leftover from the pork the most honorable senator Enrile gave him.

  • wawa2172

    Ang Filipino ay pandak, maitim ang balat, buhok at mata, pango ang ilong. To sum it all ang tutoong  lahing Filipino ay isang Nognog. Di kaya ninuno ito ni Jojo Mar Binay..joke lang VP..sana ok lang po dahil ang pure Filipino ay hindi Panot or Top Gone..he he he..joke again P.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

      LOL…. probably, the vice p descend from the IBANAG or ITAWIS in cagayan valley. But not all IBANAG or ITAWIS are dark or short, some of them are also tall and fare in complexion………

  • Jomex

    Human Genome Project does not just show us how we are related to the Aetas, our ancestors, etc, it also shows where our origins are and shows our relations with the every living and non-living things in the earth and universe. We are cousins to the sampaguita, whales, etc. This is the wonder of science. We are still on the infancy of this project, yet we are already discovering many things that were unanswered before.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4IAZLBKQHY37D2UQXIVS5STM6I dbora

    ethnic people of benguet i beieive is a mixture of formosan, mongolia and india..thats why more people in here have a type B blood rather than the common type O which most of he Filipino have.here in our office, 9 tested there blood type at redcross.  4 of us are type B, one is type A,one type AB and only 3 is type O.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

      “ethic people of benguet”, don’t rule out Chinese, remember LIMAHONG the pirate? Many of his men seek refugee in that place after they are defeated by the SPANISH at lingayen……and intermarriage with the locals………..

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/4IAZLBKQHY37D2UQXIVS5STM6I dbora

        …well….ok…. some benguet have a chinese blah blah sure…but most of them become a good citizen… “most of them” (obviously not all) don’t even call themselves chinoy..they prefer to call themselve benguet or igorot  or filipino. …trust me,…they don’t identify themselves with other chinese in our country… they call them different chinese. call them intsik sometimes…as if telling they are not intsik… after all limahong may really came from china but who can say that he is a total han chinese at all, since china itself is a very large place compose of diferrent races.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        I agree, they don’t call themselves chinoy, some call themselves igorot….your complexion must be pinkish, am i right?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/4IAZLBKQHY37D2UQXIVS5STM6I dbora

         i’am not actually one of them. though,i have cousins who are.

  • batangpaslit

    when Hitler of Nazi was imposing pure Aryan Race via genetics alteration—blue eyes, fair complexion, and tall, what was that?
    interesting topic…

    • peach black

      i also had that feeling with this study. racial profiling disguised as research. ipambili na lang ninyo ng semento pampatayo ng eskuwelahan gagastusin sa research na ito.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIPSCQM2TZQUMQ5GEIMWMWDFL4 Edward Solilap

    C PNoy ay mix ng insek C Binay Italyano (Ita mix ilocano) joke lang po. Ang lahi ng Pinoy ay Muslim galing sa Indinesia at Malaysia (Visayas Mindanao) ang sa Luzon ay lahi ng mga Insik mix with Igorot at Eta sorry opinion ko lang ito.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

      Ang lahi ng Pinoy ay Muslim galing sa Indinesia at Malaysia (Visayas Mindanao) ang sa Luzon ay lahi ng mga Insik mix with Igorot at Eta sorry opinion ko lang ito.
      Nope, wala pa noon ang malaysia, but most of us are related, malaya, indonesia, brunei….Parts of Luzon were also of Muslim, example Maynilad (present day Manila) & TUNDUN (present day TONDO) ruled by rajah sulayman nga ba?

  • pepito gwaps

    Mas kamukha natin ang mga Mangyan kesa sa Ita. Sa totoo lang.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ELGS2BPKJKG5PDWJAOOCF7K5KI Albert

    This would be a great project. Maybe we can identify the pasaway gene and also find a cure for the idiot driver syndrome. If we are really lucky we might also be able to determine why our politicians suddenly always become sick whenever they are caught breaking the law and get arrested.

    • DeaDMoRo

      Lolong gene marami sa kongreso!

  • kilawon(the return)

    pepenos are the mexicans of asia! they are border hoppers ,hence, the present peepenos!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

    I know my GENOME, my ggfather was spanish married to a half-spanish, my gfather half-spanish or quarter spanish married to a quarter spanish, my father’s spanish blood is probably 8th to 10th married to a quarter chinese, guest now the by product? I’m an AETA and proud of it!!! 

    I’m the only one in the family with blood type O, the rest AB… very amazing…LOL……

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TAK477MX7KDU3CMHJ6PQM3VRAI Koneksyon

       ad infinitum LMFAO, Jezzrel, ikaw na rin….

      • peach black

        Koneksyon, naka-relate ako, hence, merong Koneksyon. Ikaw na rin ha ha ha

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TAK477MX7KDU3CMHJ6PQM3VRAI Koneksyon

         as in, yah, ganito lang dapat treatment of this kind of article:  lightheartedly -

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        Infinite LMFAO? LOL……….

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TAK477MX7KDU3CMHJ6PQM3VRAI Koneksyon

         hasta nga ngayon after 7 hours har har har har pa rin ang lola mo!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/RR4M35UCJROKCT3AFECHALWQHY peter jr.

      Jezzrel, are you sure your parents both have the AB blood types?

      It is impossible that they would have an O blood type child.  The only possible combination for parents who both have AB blood types are: Type A, Type B and Type AB

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        No, i’m only joking, my blood type is AB, my sisters are AB but not sure about my brother…….LOL………….

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ELGS2BPKJKG5PDWJAOOCF7K5KI Albert

       If you have type O, then you don’t need the genome project to know you have to ask your mother a very serious and honest question……

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        LOL.. i know what you mean, im only joking, my blood type is actually AB and not type O.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Never mind. We might only discover that most of our politicians got the DNA of a croc, literally!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

      LOL…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MV4JC4DEGZJQKBIJMWEZ4KOKRE Arnel

      Especially from Lolong.  Good he’s dead, because he might spread the virus CROCODILUS POLITICOS all over the country.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TAK477MX7KDU3CMHJ6PQM3VRAI Koneksyon

       LMFAO!!! ikaw na, RyanE

  • Ted Grenolds

    I believe the groundwork for what you are trying to do has already been accomplished by Stanford University.
    A genetic study conducted by Stanford University has confirmed that while many Filipinos share the DNA haplogroup L with most Asians, there is a certain DNA haplogroup, Haplogroup O1a-M119 (labeled as “Haplogroup H” in this study), which is widely found among Filipinos. The rates of Haplogroup O1a are highest among the Taiwanese aborigines and Chamic-speaking people.Overall, the genetic frequencies found among Filipinos point to the Ami tribe, an aboriginal tribe in Taiwan, as their nearest genetic ancestors.

    It should be noted that before Taiwan was invaded by Chinese, Japanese, and again by mass Chinese exiles, the island was primarily populated with aboriginal tribes very similar in appearance and language to Filipinos.

    • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

      Please continue your study, where are the aboriginal tribes from ?
       
      1. from sky ?
       2.from sea ?
      3. from mainland of China ?
      4. from Islands of Philippine ?

    • pepito gwaps

      parang mahirap paniwalaan yan eh sa Palawan nakikita yong mga artifacts ng mga unang tao…

  • jeetkaido

    Talaga naman, hangang ngayon, dami pa ring d nakakaalam na ang mga pinoy galing kay  ……………………………”MALAKAS AT MAGANDA”

  • boybakal

    Who is the Filipino? genome expert asks….

    Pangit, walang abilidad kundi makalamang sa kapwa at madaling utusan.
    Yan ang Pilipino….walang leadership at madaling utuin.

  • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

    Like it or not, with genome or without,  we all know

    1. we are not from sky;
     2. we are not from water;
    3. we have to be from mainland.

    save P5M, conclusion can be deduced by looking around and there you see the mainland, over Spratlys.

  • Fumble Litis

    D na kelangan yan…alam na sa buong mundo kung ano ang lahi natin..lahi tayo ng mga magnananakaw.

    • 1voxPopuli

      ikaw lang yun

      • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

        Nice avatar. Dota 2.

      • Guest

        tara game na!

    • Sandy Bulet

      IKAW LANG UN, wag mo kaming idamay, mga tao kaming may dignidad na namumuhay ng marangal!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JEMNLLYAP5EA7SM3A6QUOGV62Q Chris

      Only you…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TAK477MX7KDU3CMHJ6PQM3VRAI Koneksyon

    W.H.A.T.E.V.E.R.!!! I AM THE FILIPINO:  hindi ako basta basta nagtatapon ng basura; nililinis ko ang bakuran ko; nagpapasalamat ako sa dapat pasalamatan; nagpapaumanhin ako sa dapat hingan ng paumanhin; nagmamano ako sa matanda; ayon sa kakayanan, tumutulong sa nangangailangan; nagpapakita nang magandang haliimbawa; nag-aral mabuti; naghanapbuhay ng marangal; nagkalinga/nagalaga ng anak; nanging mabuting anak; nagbayad ng buwis; tumatawid sa dapat tawiran; sumasakay at bumababa sa naatasang lugar; nagpipitag sa “Lupang Hinirang” – at NANAMPALATAYA NG TAIMTIM……. 

    • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

       Sounds like a mainlander.

      • bugoybanggers

        Akala mo kung sinong makabayan, Lahing Traydor at Duwag pala. Nauna pang sumuko sa mga Hapon ang mga Lolo at sila pa ang nagmamayabang na matatapang daw. Nauna pang magreklamo sa kapiranggot na BAYAD galing Kano? Iyan ang mga Pinoy.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        My Grandfather who was a WWll veteran did not surrender, nor their guerilla unit, MAHARLIKA………….

      • bugoybanggers

        Good, your from the good breed.

  • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

    It is all too human.
    We all want to know who are the biological mother and father ?
    Please don’t tell me that UN arbitration can decide it. No, it can’t and shouldn’t.

  • albert13

     i learned from elementary school that pinoys ay galing sa pumutok na kawayan. at saka may buntot daw tayo sa puwet but eventually lumiit at lumipat mula sa puwet patungo sa aking harapan. iyon ang sabi ng nanay ko nung tinanong ko siya noong bta pa ako. mas advanced ang talino ang nanay ko kesa gnome expert.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4RBGVUFHFAQYWQQOPVG57RJT34 Joe

    Having Hispanic names and family names does not make a Philippine people to have Spanish bloodline. That’s ignorance. Many people from the Philippines with Hispanic names/family names have pango nose and very dark skin and short in stature. Very few Philippine people have Spanish genes. Besides, Hispanic names were pushed down to the people’s throats by the Spaniards just like the black Americans who were forcefully given Anglo names as slave-owner’s title of ownership over them. You think slavery only existed in the Americas? No. Even in the Philippine groups of islands, slavery did exist. Your Hispanic names are a testaments of that slavery. Who are the Filipinos? The Filipinos were those Spaniards who were born in the Philippines especially in Manila area. Also those half-Spanish and half-native Filipinos or the mestizos or mestizas were called Filipinos. The natives were called Indios. Therefore, Philippine people at present are called Filipino or Philippinos among the North Americans, because that is their nationality. But ethnically? They are not Filipinos/Philippinos. Why? Because there is no such race as Filipino and there is no such a language as Filipino. Western countries and even Filipino themselves overseas call the commonly understood but not commonly spoken language as Tagalog NOT Filipino. Thinking Filipino as a race and Filipino as a language is a mere delusion because Philippines is not a homogeneous society unlike Japan or Korea. Philippines is a multicultural and multi-linguistic country that is composed of many ethnic groups and languages, NOT dialects. Dialects are understandable by both sides of the ethnic people. But for the Philippines and the people, the Tagalogs cannot understand the Visayan languages or the northern Luzon languages or even southern languages, can you? But those Philippine ethnic people can understand Tagalog language and can speak it because it was and is still pushed to the throat ot the non-Tagalog Philippine people.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

      Homogeneous ang Japan? Ayon sa mga Chinese ang Japanese ay mga Chinese din na nag migrate sa Japan. Kung susundin ang claim ng Chinese may karapatan sila sa Japan. Tulad din ng South China Sea dahil ang tawag ay South China kaya lahat ng isla sa South China Sea ay sa China. Yan ang sabi ng mga hindi swapang na China.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JEMNLLYAP5EA7SM3A6QUOGV62Q Chris

      And so you’re point is? A filipino is a mix of bloodlines. that’s it.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HVYTBIHMN2QG7JYVNBQPECCYU4 Semplang

       somehow we need to learn a language that will be used by the people of this islands to understand each other… because its impossible for us to learn all the 175 ethnic languages, and since tagalog  speaking austronesians are obviously the most common or the largest in numbers, then it became the chosen one… we should not  be bitter about it. accept that we need a common language, if some one don’t like tagalog, then english is available… i guess that is why Filipino (based on tagalog) and english is the official language in our constitution. seconded by spanish and arabic.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

      It is possible through thousands of DNA tests and studies done all over the world that we came from one Eve and Adam back at one place in Africa about 200000 years ago and that includes Spanish people.
      The Aeta or negritoes shows that. Mestizos, mix or whatever is the product of generations passed because that is what human is. Ready to mix by our talent of cross breeding. 

      We should be just happy that even with our multi-language or dialecs we can communicate. You seem see that as disadvantage but that’s what we are.

      Why do you think Derick Ramsey is better looking than his mother Elizabeth. It is because of his father. This is only one example of what becomes of us Filipinos. I have no regrets and what is important today is for me acceptance who is me.

      Read more on the Y-chromosome landscape of the Philippines at
      http //www ncbi nlm nih gov/pmc/articles/PMC3025791/

      There are other articles on mitochondrial DNA study on Philippine populations that may contribute to the proposed study on Pinoy genome.

  • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

    Truth to be told, we are all from eggs, but we are not children of roosters.

  • UrHONOR

    PILIPINO: 95% kaTOLik, 105% korap.  200%/2 =100%. 2 being: 1 Male, 1Female.:)

    • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

      Si UrDISHONOR talagá. Cahit cailán, sirá ulo magcomento.

  • joerizal

    Filipinos have the same exact genome as TALANGKA.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EF35BK625FICTYV5LPCTSEKUZA Sheryl

    I’d love to volunteer for this project. :-)

  • parefrank

    to Joe and Ted Grenolds
    you are very correct. Being a Filipino does not mean more than to have PH citizenship, With race has it nothing to do. The now philippine islands have been populated with dozens of different races and they became all Filipinos after the Spaniards declared them as their colony and named it after thei king Philipp. Of course, now there is a mixmatch of all these groups due to migration and marriage. Still, this does not make a Filipino race.
    Out of this, the Sulu sultan claims to own North Borneo, as part of Sulu, and the MILF claims that even Manila would really belong to their Bangsamoro state since moros lived there already before christianity came with the Spaniards. Only, going back to history, near all countries would be owned by other than the recent population, therefore that stupidity of a “royal army” intruding Sabah should be closed as soon as possible. Charge them with rebellion in Malaysia or put them into a mental clinic. And charge the “Sultan” for creating diplomatic trouble between two independent states.

    • bugoybanggers

      Chinese ang lahi ng taga LUZON wag ipag pilitan. Mga kadugo ni Limahung.

  • Yobhtron

    YES to Philippines’ own genome project!   I’d like to volunteer and contribute to this noble project.

    • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

       Please write to Amigos foundation.
       Thanks for your generous thought of contribution.

  • akramgolteb

    Hindi na kailanagan gumastos ng P5M. Tingnan na lang ninyo ang birth certificate ninyo, nakalagay doon kung sino ang tatay at nanay ninyo at ano ang nationalidad nila.  Kung hindi pa kayo kuntento, tingnan ninyo ang birth certificate ng tatay at nanay ninyo, nakalagay doon kung sino ang mga magulang nila (A.k.a. lolo at lola mo) at kung ano ang nationalidad nila. Kung hindi pa rin nakontento, tingnan ninyo ang birth cert ng lolo & lola ninyo & so on & so forth na lang hanggang magsawa kayo.

    Pero kung ang dahilan nitong si Purukalokohan, ay sorry typo error, Puruganan pala, ay kumita ng P5M, OK lang, sige i-carreer mo itong research na ito at enjoy the P5M pag naibulsa mo na.

  • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

    Predictions of Filipino (native) genomic project:

    1. Filipino are Asians;
     2. Filipinos share genes with chimpanzee;
    3. Filipinos are from South China.

    • ApoNiLolo

      “1. Filipino are Asians”
      Wrong. Our South East Asean neighbors and several European and American sociologist does not consider us Asians. >: D

      “2. Filipinos share genes with chimpanzee”
      Wrong again. Only 99% of our genes are similar to chimpanzee. That goes for Chinese genes as well when compared to primates. But gastronomically speaking, chimpanzees are a better breed. They’re picky with their food while the Chinese eats anything that flies, crawl and walk! >: D

      “3. Filipinos are from South China.”
      I’m not fooled. I know where you’re coming from. >: D

    • vendetta07

      1.  fine
      2.  so does every other human ever born
      3.  misleading.  the truth is that they are from an area that is now south china.  In the past, it was not part of china; the han chinese that lived in the north invaded the south where different kinds of people live (for example miao people). 

  • jolly_baby

    You lost me on the second paragraph.. no need to read the rest…

  • WeAry_Bat

    Proud to be a mongrel.

  • zdrx

    maybe dr. purugganan has identity crisis…and worried he might evaporate without a trace. i think he might as well have gender confusion of himself. stop smoking or snorting banned substance, dude.

    • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

      You don’t need genomic study to tell gender. All you need is to get undressed. A lot of people can tell you that honestly.

      • zdrx

        i know. but dr purug’s interest on this subject…seems gay. i observed, gays seems to want to know who they are, their place in society, their looks, their status and all those teeny weeny lame stuff. LOL

  • Pitbulldog

    No need for that endeavor, mister.  Just read our folklore – Si Malakas at si Maganda.  There is never a doubt where the Filipino came from – the bamboo pole hit by a blast of lightning from heaven.  In short, ang Pinoy ay putok lang sa buho… understand?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    Before some people make their own “theories” how the Filipino genes came about, let us give this project a chance to prove itself. 

    There is nothing to lose; everything to gain. Filipinos love to say we are the greatest and yet some are fatalists and pessimists. We must be a curious mix of personalities, really. I hope Michael Purugganan will be able to lead in this project successfully. I am just curious to know if this genome project will also be able to determine specific qualities in the Filipino. For example, are greed and corruption endemic in our Filipino gene pool? Or, are these acquired outside of the genetic structure? I wish, too, that this project will be able to pinpoint precisely which of our ancestral origins has the most positive qualities of our being a Filipino race – our creativity, our love for industry and excellence, gift for the arts, love for God, family, and neighbor, patriotism and nationalism, etc.

    Thank you, Michael, for thinking of discovering our Filipino genes. 

    • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

       You have very ambitious thoughts but unfortunately many of the traits in your seeking aren’t in DNA.

       

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

        Okay…thank you. I always had the
        understanding that some scientists are able to detect “problem areas”
        in DNA particularly those who are prone to have a criminal mind or those who
        are predicted to exhibit some type of psychological malady. Are you an expert
        in this field?

      • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

        Some traits are determined or related to genes, mostly they are physical.

        Human behaviours do go beyond genes. It is really complex process,many of them we simply don’t know.

        How many food do we eat today,how many happy hours are we going to have, they all depend on factors both inside and outside.

        If you would ask me to determine what kind of wife I am going to have by DNA analysis, I should say forget about it.

        We are all experts in posting jokes.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

        Aminin mo na lang di mo alam…yabang mo.

      • WeAry_Bat

         Oh, makipagaway ka ba naman hehe.  Fallacy yung using physical traits to detect the criminal mind.

        I once saw an old book on it about 25 years ago.  There were two things I remembered.  One, using the bumps on the skull, phrenology.

        Another, using a mirror to create a full face by reflecting the other half of the face.  For instance the good side is by reflecting the right side of the face to become a full face; the sinister or bad face is the left side of the face.

        But if there is one thing DNA may be able to foretell, it is the genetic predisposition to illnesses.  The sayings, ‘my family has a history of high blood’, ‘we have diabetes in our family’, or ‘leukemia’ are now available.  I have the feeling you know those already…

        What I think you are after is behavioral and social tendencies, if they are in the blood.  You may have good intentions, but it could easily be the road to racial massacre or the old, race superiority line.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

        Fine…di naman ako nakikipag-away, sir.
        my intention is to wait for the results of the genome project. wala lang ako siguro tiyaga sa mga mambobola.
        thanks for your added info.

      • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

         Hahaha, I like you but it is not in my gene.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JEMNLLYAP5EA7SM3A6QUOGV62Q Chris

      i would like to see how to improve the Filipino mentality or mindset which is the single biggest factor for our development as a nation. 

    • Graymatter28

      “For example, are greed and corruption endemic in our Filipino gene pool?
      Or, are these acquired outside of the genetic structure? I wish, too,
      that this project will be able to pinpoint precisely which of our
      ancestral origins has the most positive qualities of our being a
      Filipino race – our creativity, our love for industry and excellence,
      gift for the arts, love for God, family, and neighbor, patriotism and
      nationalism, etc.”

      It’s called human nature and all human culture has them – not just the Filipinos. Greed, and corruption is an expression of our primal instincts of survival. Without them, the entire human civilization wouldn’t progress. They are all associated with ‘self interests’ in the same way that the hunter gatherers killed animals in a competition with other groups of humans for survival. The group who simply has the more resources or are better equipped with skills have better chances of survival and pass them to their future offspring.

      Agriculture brought the hunter gatherers into groups that grew into communities and become towns. As a consequence of the developing social structure, there is a need to maintain peace and order among them so that’s how authority is conceptualized by forming a rudimentary government that gets refined as the human civilization advances.

      So basically, the society is constantly locked in conflict between self interests of the individual and the authority embodied by the government.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

        Good…but, let us give this genome project to explain to us, not-so-well-informed what they know that we don’t unless you are one of them.

      • Graymatter28

        The genome project is supposed to give us a complete picture of a particular group of people – the migration patterns, the origin and type of culture that would eventually became us as well as the diseases common to Filipinos that would enable us to understand how to address our overall health as a nation.

      • vendetta07

        corruption is everywhere, even in countries not famous for being corrupt like Japan.  the difference is that their economy is large enough to mask most of the corruption

      • Graymatter28

        In countries like Japan, China, Korea and other Asian countries, their societies value the collective effort of the ‘common good’ over individuality. It is easier to sanction a member who misbehaves or does not follow the norms-based rules that emphasize harmonious relationships among them. For them, shame is the highest form of punishment.

        In the West like Europe and the US in particular, culture of individuality is strong so their government is structured in such a way that the checks and balances among them are emphasized and the rights of the people are protected by limiting the powers of the government by means of a social contract known as the Constitution.

      • vendetta07

        What you said is probably a textbook definition about values in those countries. those values that you mentioned are generalizations and by no means are they completely true. In some cases they are not true at all.

        China is an east asian country and has problems with corruption, as you may know with the Bo xilai scandal. In Japan, some people blame corruption as the cause for the nuclear meltdown because of faulty equipment.

        And as for corruption in the west? How about bank regulation? the federal reserve? Need I say more?

        I think the least corrupt countries as of now would be sweden, norway, and singapore. Maybe one reason is that they have small populations and a large GDP per capita.

      • Graymatter28

        Nope, you are mistaken. I did a lot of readings about the Eastern and Western culture first before coming up with my own observations how each of them approach the issue of corruption.

        Yet, what you didn’t realize is that there is something in common with Bo Xilai scandal and the Nuclear meltdown in Japan – both governments attempted to cover them up without addressing the issues straight on its face. Why?

        Because the culture of shame is very strong in the Asian culture. If this happened in the west, the government would have immediately sanctioned them right away.

        Ever wonder why Hitler was tried in Nuremberg and Germany apologized to the Jews for genocide by acknowledging responsibility while Japan never did the same for the same atrocious acts they did to Asia back then?

      • vendetta07

        Am I mistaken because you have read books? I have lived in Korea, Japan, the US, and Australia.

        As for cover-ups, that is not specific to eastern countries, in fact every country does it at some level. Only when there is a real risk of public outcry will governments do something to appease the populace and acknowledge the problem. I don’t disagree that eastern countries have shame, I just don’t think it is as strong as some people believe it to be.

        You are mistaken about Hitler. Hitler was not tried in Nuremberg, he committed suicide in his bunker before he was captured. In Japan, thousands of war criminals were put to trial, some executed.

        Japan has also made numerous apologies to the countries they have invaded.

      • Graymatter28

        Sorry for the error, I was referring to the remaining Nazi officers. Yes, Hitler wasn’t tried in Nuremberg, but Germany did apologize for the holocausts, unlike Japan.

        Japan made numerous apologies but they have not made it anymore sincere than what it appears. Ask any comfort women alive today if they have gotten any single compensation from the Japanese government and they have been fighting this since time immemorial.

      • vendetta07

        I’m not a japanese sympathizer, and if they didn’t apologize sincerely then that’s too bad. but what I am saying is that Japan is no longer the main enemy anymore.

    • vendetta07

       there is no such theory, only the truth:  when God was making man from clay, he put one in the oven.  when it came out, it was burnt.  God tried again but instead put the oven on low.  when it came out, it was too white.  Finally, God said ‘my next creation will be my masterpiece’.  in the evening of the sixth day, God tirelessly crafted a clay man and made sure the temperature was correct.  when it came out of the oven it was a beautiful hue of brown.  God saw this and it was good.  The end.

  • aardman

    Sige, nang malaman natin kung ilan sa atin ang angkan ni Padre Damaso.

    Sa totoo lang, halu-halo tayo. Kung ang hanap mo ay genetic purity, eh mabibigo ka lang. Kung ang ninanais mo ay genetic purity, ah naghahanap ka lang ng away, doc.

  • bugoybanggers

    Ang mga Pilipino (nauna na sa mga taga LUZON)
    1). Lahing Mayabang – mas lamang kasi maraming mall at may LRT daw, high tech daw kasi may MAKATI.
    2). Lahing Duwag – Nauna pang sumuko sa mga Hapon kahit may laban pa sana. MATAPANG LANG KUNG LASING!
    3). Lahing Traydor – Pinagtuturo ang mga tunay na Makabayan at nanguguyo pa.
    4). Lahing KuROPT – Ugaling di bale na kayo basta UNAhin ang pamilya kaya  hakot ang pag aari ng iba.
    5). Lahing Manloloko – Babaguhin ang HISTORY ng PILIPINAS dahil mga taga LUZON ang mga sikat na BAYANI, lahat sila ang pinakaCENTRO ng Sibilisasyung bulok ng BANSA.
    6). Lahing Feeling POGI at MAGANDA – nandoon kasi sila Vicky Bello at nakakaPUTI daw ang tubig ng galing sa ILOG PASIG.
    7). Lahing MATAPOBRE – manlalait ng tagaPROBINSYA kasi sila LANG daw ang mga CITY FOLKS.
    8). Lahing PERFECTIONISTA – feeling magaling magsalita ng ENGLISH at ang TAGALOG lang daw ang PERFECT LANGUAGE kaya PILITIN LAHAT. Mga matatalino daw sila sa LAHAT!
    9). Lahing MANGGUGULANG – gusto ilibre, ayaw gumastos. Magaling maki piesta.
    10). Lahing MAHILIG sa GOODTIME – kahit wala ng makain basta may pangTOMA at maraming MAPASYALAN, feeling mayaman na taga eskwater naman pala.
    11). Lahing MAPORMA – di bale ng BULOK ang bahay basta pag LABAS.. makita ng marami na BONGGA. Wala namang PERA pala.
    12).. NAPAKARAMI PA!!! ALAM NA iyan NINYO>>> AMALAYER..HUHH..AMALAYER..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GRJCBEOUL25WWKSSM3JV7IFFII syaoransangel

      sinong dalagang taga luzon ba ang nanloko sa yo?

      • reddfrog

         Dalagang taga Luzon pandak at maitim, o maputi kasi naliligo ng chlorox. Pero pandak pa din.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYEDXPOCLZHYJEI2HFUVIYMUVU Emilio

      na banggit mo ang matapobri Oo totoo madami dati ang taga bulacan ang ganoon dahil sa pagiging Tamad at bastos at babaero na gaya mo ang napapansin ng taga Bulacan kaya kayo na discriminate.

      alam mo ba na ang kalahi mo ang nagiging masyabang pag na punta sa Syodad or ibang bansa kalamo hindi maarok ang mga tausog lalo na sa embassy sobra yayabang

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JEMNLLYAP5EA7SM3A6QUOGV62Q Chris

      what a sad state of mind.

      • reddfrog

         What’s so sad about seeing reality for what it is?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JEMNLLYAP5EA7SM3A6QUOGV62Q Chris

        no it’s not totally the reality.. maybe what’s real for you is not real for others. you’re only seeing one side of the coin and unfortunately the negative side of all things which makes you a pessimist. and don’t make it as an excuse that it’s reality, because it’s totally not – its just an OPINION of pessimist.

    • ApoNiLolo

      Masakit mang aminin, ang iyong tinuringan ay mga ugaling hindi kanais-nais ng Pilipino. Pero huwag mong lahatin, dahil kahit diyan sa Bisayas at Mindanao, merong mga Pilipinong angkin ang ganyang katangi-an.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

      hahahaha galing mo dre!!

    • JosengSisiw1

      Who treated you so badly? Nothing positive at all? Are your parents included in the list? Just asking and trying to find out what could be the reason behind that list of yours.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Hoy pa study study o research pa kayo! Gusto nyo lang na maging pro China kami. Palalabasin nyo na galing tayo sa China. MY FOOT! Tumigil kayo! Palalabasin nyo pang Chinese ang origin namin! tigil! Kayo talagang mga taga UP karamihan ay maka China. Red red red china!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Kunwari pa na Filipino tunog ng pangalan ng nag research, Purugganan at all-Filipino team pa daw. Hoy! lihim nyong ipinasasakop sa China ang Pilipinas akala nyo di nakakahalata,ha! Gusto nyong palabasin na Chinese kami. Nei tei chanhai mow yeung! chisinnnnnnn! o ayan Chinese na ako!

  • boybakal

    The real Filipino or Pnoy is one with Malay blood.
    A Malay is one with its own race, no foreign blood except pure breed.
    Malay race is stronger in countries like Indonesia and Malaysia where Malays are fist class citizen called Bumiputra.
    Anyone with foreign blood like Chinese is second only to Malay.
    However, the country like Philippines, we have the Malay blood or race.
    It is the only country where Malay is second class citizen below Chinese and other foreign bloods.
    That is why it is called Pilipinos not Malay…a distinciton from our cousins and brother Malays as we become second class citizen to other nationals.
     

    • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

       The genomic study will help you out.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

      Agree……….

    • bugoybanggers

      Once you say MALAY you are a MUSLIM. Being a BUMIPUTRA also should be a MUSLIM. Non MUSLIM are not called MALAY or BUMIPUTRA. That is TRUE, okay you go to MALAYSIA. Filipinos who are not MUSLIM are not alowed to fill up the word race called MALAY. Think and do a researce, Religion where already identified in MALAYSIA as part of the RACE.

  • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

    Race or chromosomes or what have you do not determine what a Filipino is. It’s the culture (based on historical realities) which determines what and who a Filipino is.

    • ApoNiLolo

      Correct! Totally agree with your observation… but this doesn’t mean we’re buddies! >: D

    • reddfrog

       BS!

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        Oo. BS lang ang cayang itugón ng mga tonto. Cayá paciencia na cung di mo naintíndihan ang sinabi co. Para sa matatalinong tao lang casí yun, eh.

    • MATONeeta

      bakla ka ba o bayot….tangnang litratong pinapakita mo babaeng may bigote. magaral ka ng genetics para hindi ka nagiging baklang tanga.  kahiya ka sa mga baklanng may utak.

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        Paciencia na cung di mo naintíndihan ang sinabi co. Para sa matatalinong tao lang casí yun, eh.

  • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

    The genomic study is very important and necessary.

    It will help people understand many health issues, environmental issues.

    It should be a part of human genome project and get funding from UN, because it is details that reveal how human evolutes.

    • ApoNiLolo

      Well, it seems you’ve been living somewhere remotely for sometimes. The human genome project was already done. They’d already mapped our entire DNA to the last letter-combination several years ago! >: D

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    The Filipino bloodline is about 59% Malay (brown), 28% Chinese (yellow), 9% Arab/Caucasian (white), 2% Indian (olive), 1% Aborigine (black), 0.8% African (black), 0.2% All other races.

    • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

       What are Malay genes ? Malaysians have to be from somewhere, just like Filipinos.

      • vendetta07

        directly from heaven

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVVPOSZNEBYMOS4GUVU66QY75A June Ako

    Basta ako FILIPINO… Mahal ko ang pagka-FILIPINO ko. Galing man ang lahi ko sa Batanes, Palawan, at Manila, ipinagmamalaki kong FILIPINO ako.. At WIKANG FILIPINO ang gamit ko.

    • bugoybanggers

      Wikang Tagalog not PILIPINO.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYEDXPOCLZHYJEI2HFUVIYMUVU Emilio

    sa dami ba naman ng iba’t-ibang lahi at tribo na nandidito sa Pinas masasabi paba kung sino ang Original na taga pinas, saka hindi nag tataka kayo na may 178 language ang meron sa pinas ibig sabihin iba’t-ibang lahi ang dugo ng tinatawag na Pilipino in other word ang Pilipino ay isang football team na tawag ay ASKAL.

    kaya nga naka buo si Rizal ng bagong Lahi na tawag ay ASKAL este Pilipino dahil siya ang nag buklod sa iba’t-ibang lahi d2 sa pinas. :D

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYEDXPOCLZHYJEI2HFUVIYMUVU Emilio

    tuwang-tuwa si Kanoy nito kc ang Pilipino ay isang Hyphenated.

    Sige pagtawanan mo sarili mo Kanoy. :D 

  • ApoNiLolo

    One thing I’m sure of: “Purple Daisy” who claims to have been raised in Binondo or San Juan and now resides in the US as a Fil-Am is definitely not a Filipino! >: D

    • Guest

      Purple Diasy must be one of the Chinoys here who was devirginized and dumped by her Filipino boyfriend before she left for the states. She has this inexplicable hatred for Filipinos. She might be afflicted with frigiditis, as my experience with Chinoy girls seem to prove consistently. Walang sarap.

      • reddfrog

         What self-respecting Chinoy will hook up with a Filipino? Have you seen a unicorn?

      • Guest

        A lot. I had seven of them. They may not like to be seen in campus with non-Chinoys but they certainly don’t mind being in my bed in my condo unit across Ateneo. That’s especially true after I “broke their seals”. Well, only 6 coz the other one had to undergo some OB/GYN procedure and there’s no way of knowing if I was her first. The thing I find tricky is they invariably pretend not to like me or not to like doing it but they keep coming back for more. They get very clingy even after I broke up with them. One even continues to send me hate text messages to this day.

        Self-respecting kamo? When it comes to bodily pleasures, even your own kind are willing to transcend ethnicity and racial differences. All told, I still prefer non-Chinoys. Filipino women are sweet and unpretentious.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

      Purple Daisy is probably a Malaysian CHINESE!

      • ApoNiLolo

        A Malaysian Chinese who can speaks Tagalog and knows Filipino idioms? I don’t think so. >: D

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZLZF3S4KAAM7FT2FOFQBQUHEMM Lahi

    Bugoybanggers ito ang masasabi ko sayo P.I. mo bulok ang utak mo. Isa kang hunghang dahil sa lahat ng lahi sa mundo ay may masama at maaring kasama ka na roon sa pagiging hudas sa lahi mo kung Pilipino ka man. Bakit hindi ka umalis ng Pilipinas kung masama ang loob mo at ikinahihiya mo ang pagiging Pilipino mo. Ito ang sasabihin ko sayo ang tingin sayo ng ibang lahi dahil mahirap tayo ay ebak lang, masakit di ba pero sa kanila yong pananaw dahil para sa akin ay marangal na tao kami hindi ka kasama.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYEDXPOCLZHYJEI2HFUVIYMUVU Emilio

       Siya si BugoyBANGgALi taga banglades yan hindi yan Pilipino ng gugulo lng yan d2.

  • Guest

    Linguistically, the indigenous people of Taiwan, the Ainus of Northern Japan, the polynesians scattered in various islands across the Pacific, Indonesians of Indonesia, the Malays of Malaysia and the Philippines share many similar root words. Nowhere is this more apparent in our numbers (isa to sampu).  It would be interesting to find out the link between Southeast Asians and the southwestern people of China who also have carved out rice terraces out of their mountains. The West Philippine Sea was the maritime silkroad since ancient times.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYEDXPOCLZHYJEI2HFUVIYMUVU Emilio

      at nasan mga chinese dooN?

      ng aangkin nanaman ang mga intsik mahilig gumawa ng istorya. :d

      OO nabuo ang Rice Terraces sa pamamagitan ng Pan-Gu sa kanyang Ying at Yang.

      Ugok :d

      • Guest

        Wala nga eh. Kaya nakapagtataka kung bakit namimilit ang China na sa kanila ang South China Sea at Spratlys. Even the southwestern region of Yunan where hill tribes and highlanders reside have not traditionally been part of China since Han dynasty. People there have a distinct culture and language of their own although Mandarin is imposed upon them since the 1960s.

      • where_I_stand

        chinese yata ang term na “ugok”….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZKPNHSPBMK74VZ3GBIPNTJA7KE Edwin

    I have good answer….Filipino’s origin is from CRAB…in tagalog, TALANGKA..marami nyan dito sa Qatar, at marami ring natalangka na kapwa Filipino. Sorry lang po…pero yun ang totoo.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

      You are the only one who has described Filipinos for having “crab mentality”.
      Edwin, ikorek ko lang po ang maling akala na ang mga talangka ay mapagsarili.
      Hindi po. Sa katunayan, kung iwanan mo sila sa loob ng balde na hindi nakatali, LAHAT sila ay makakaalis at makatatakas sa balde.
      Kung ang isip natin ay mapagsarili sila, ang katotohanan talaga ay nagtutulungan pa nga silang abutin ang sipit ng bawat isa para maka-akyat.
      Kung mapagsarili ang mga talangka, mayroon kahit isa man lang ang maiiwan o iyong mahina at di makaalis sa balde.
      Kaya po, kung tutuusin, ang katagang “crab mentality” ay maari pang tingnan na positibong kaugalian kaysa sa negatibong pananaw.
      Likas sa hayop ang magtulungan. Ang tao ay pinakamataas na uri ng hayop. 
      Tayo rin mga Pilipino ang sumisira sa sarili nating lahi dahil sa mga maling akala.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

        sorry, I should have said “YOU ARE NOT the only one..” 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZKPNHSPBMK74VZ3GBIPNTJA7KE Edwin

        Manong teban, the term “crab mentality” is used to describe a kind of selfish, short-sighted thinking which runs along the lines of “if I can’t have it, neither can you.” This term is especially widely used among Filipinos, who use it specifically to refer to people who pull other people down, denigrating them rather than letting them get ahead or pursue their dreams.
        This concept references an interesting phenomenon which occurs in buckets of crabs. If one crab attempts to escape from a bucket of live crabs, the other crabs will pull it back down, rather than allowing it to get free. I have not seen a crabs pushing or pulling each other out of the bucket….

  • ApoNiLolo

    This, IMO, is all BS. You don’t determine a Filipino by their chromosomes, the color of their skin, facial feature or DNA! You determine a person if his Filipino by his behavior, custom and tradition.

    A guy may look like Brad Pitt. But if he talks fluently in any of our languages, eats balut, laugh at his mistakes and get irritated when our politicians makes an a$$ of themselves, he is more Filipino than Binay!

    Since Purugganan is at it and living in the US. Why don’t he ask himself – Who is the American?

    • reddfrog

       Really? So a foreigner, say, American, just has to “talks fluently in any of our languages, eats balut, laugh at his
      mistakes and get irritated when our politicians makes an a$$ of
      themselves” to be granted citizenship? Wow, it’s so easy. Unfortunately our immigration department did not get the memo.

      And IMO, it’s quite pathetic that you are not the least bit curious about your heritage. Wala ka kasing pride.

      • ApoNiLolo

        Here you go again exposing your inability to comprehend.

        “it’s quite pathetic that you are not the least bit curious about your heritage”

        On the contrary, it’s the other way around. People who are not interested about this “project” are people who KNOWS where they came from and who knew who their forefathers are. In other words they well understood their heritage.

        On the other hand, YOU, who seems so eager with this endeavor, has no inkling where you came from. Ano ka, putok sa buho? >: D

  • carlcid

    “So, genetically we’re mixtures of Taiwanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Indian, Arab, Spanish, probably some American and British. It’s just different degrees,” Purugganan said.
    What about the Aetas? How come they’re not even being mentioned? Aren’t they the original inhabitants who were driven into the forests and the hinterlands by more aggressive waves of immigrants?

    Is it really that important to cling to a genome? Is there an American genome? Or an Australian genome (perhaps it would be closer to that of psychos and lawbreakers from the British Isles than to that of aborigines)?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/E5QYXUSHXIF6GXXUGZUUOHMVI4 Lightbearer2914

      I have seen the docu in the History channel: The Human Family Tree in which they feature the Aetas. In the program, they trace the migration of the first homo sapiens in Africa travelling towards Arabia, to India to China to Southeast Asia to Indonesia to Australia then to the Islands of the Pacific.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    Filipinos are the most creative,most resource person and full of abilities for survival! Just let a filipino and a foreigner live in a small island with NOTHING to survive then at the end,you will find out how filipinos are outsmarting all of them! At the end,Filipinos SURVIVE!

    • buttones

      Well first of all Filipinos do live on small islands with nothing, and at last count the foreigners, let’s say Chinese- are really doing better than we are…. Surviving is not LIVING my dear, there is a difference….

  • Line Of Flight

    i think the scientific evidence is pretty overwhelming as it is and this effort will likely shock the upperclasses with what is already known that we as a people primarily came from a group of people who came from Taiwan and probably Southeast China as an ethnic group known as proto-Austronesians. Our clans did not just settle in the Philippines but some continued on southwestward to Malaysia, Indonesia and all the way to Madagascar and southeastward through the coastal areas of Papua New Guinea onto Micronesia and Polynesia. Our people had interactions with the Agta/Aeta/Negrito peoples in island Southeast Asia and the Tai and other people in coastal Vietnam and Thailand. In some places, Micronesia and Polynesia, our distant ancestors’ relatives were the first inhabitants of their islands. The percentage of people who have Middle Eastern or European blood is very small. Why can’t we ever celebrate the greatness of our Austronesian ancestors and relative ethnic groups throughout Southeast Asia and Oceania? Why do we always look to Europe and America?

  • Jay Alvin Madrigal

    it’s so easy to comment and regard this project as a joke. as a Filipino myself, i AM curious to know what genetics can tell us. this study is a major step towards establishing our identity and heritage as a people. i pity my fellow Filipinos here who think that we are nothing but thieves and simpletons who do not deserve to know who they are. 

    forget the dirty politics, forget corruption, forget Enrile, Santiago, Trillanes and their bunch, forget the incompetency, the greatest crime here is our lack of belief in our own heritage, our lack of spirit to further ourselves and step up. 

    nakakalungkot at masakit sa loob. i commend mr. purugganan, and i hope (and pray) that the ‘Filipino genome project’ comes to fruition. to think, he is not even a full blooded Filipino. yet his passion to knowing the Filipino heritage is greater than anyone of us.

  • Jay Alvin Madrigal

    my point exactly. id give you 100 likes if i could

    • http://twitter.com/Amigos__1000 Amigos

       What is your point and what are your likes exactly ?

    • reddfrog

       Me too, I give 10000000 likes!

  • PCD_2012

    The true blooded Filipinos are part of the Austronesian-Speaking Peoples.

    The Austronesian-speaking peoples are various populations in Southeast Asia and Oceania that speak languages of the Austronesian family. They include Taiwanese aborigines; the majority ethnic groups of East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Madagascar, Micronesia, and Polynesia, as well as the Polynesian peoples of New Zealand and Hawaii, and the non-Papuan people of Melanesia. They are also found in Singapore, the Pattani region of Thailand, and the Cham areas of Vietnam (remnants of the Champa kingdom which covered central and southern Vietnam), Cambodia, and Hainan, China. The territories populated by Austronesian-speaking peoples are known collectively as Austronesia.

  • http://twitter.com/alfs_alfs Pons Corpuz

    This is stupid. Being Filipino is not in the blood or genes, its in the way you act, feel, and do things. I would consider a Caucasian that helps in the development of the Philippines and people a “Filipino”  than a fellow local who always think of how to make the country down.

    • reddfrog

       Tell that to the immigration officials.

      • http://twitter.com/alfs_alfs Pons Corpuz

        Why would I? and it has nothing to do to my statement..  idyote….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VYXYGXRL3JOWI4SLBX6KA5AKTA angelito

    I think this is where.Pinoy Government must put his Money,its a greatData base that will leads not only to our.ancestor or even it will helps to diagnos or even warned us what and How to prevent such as diseases and what cure and prevetion must be neededand it will lead to a new height of medicines.As we all knows and we are all aware of Politicians ,Congress and Senators that screwing up Government funds for their Pockets and Whose ever they wished to be Happy. Why not give this Project a chance to makes EVERY Filipino HAPPY..

    • ApoNiLolo

      How, may I ask, will this “makes EVERY Filipino HAPPY”?. Financing this “project” will just be a waste of time and money. What’s so special about our genes that we have to dissect it besides giving those geneticist in UP something to do? The human genome was already mapped several years ago, fyi!

      • reddfrog

        Yes. It will be a huge blow to the Filipino pride if it’s scientifically proven that majority of their genes are not American. It’s better to see nothing, hear nothing and speak nothing. Ignorance is bliss.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ETIVE4H6I7ZVBAL72HE3VLGCA4 nicosan

        yeah.. stay ignorant brother

      • ApoNiLolo

        You’re way off center. Unlike Indians, Germans or the Slavs of Eastern Europe, there is no such thing as a “Filipino gene pool”. We, as a people or race, is a mixture of several other races. In other words – a mongrel. So tracing our so called “roots” is just a practice in futility because it will only end up in different direction. Several % of ethnicity here for some and a bigger % of ethnicity here for others.

        Did I explained that in the simplest form enough for you to understand?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EAUFRN6E4JJ67TDR25KRGR3DFE Zen

        I agree. Genome traces back one’s race or ethnicity. “Filipino” is not a scientific truth, but a coined term that refers to Philippine-born Spanish, and later adopted by the mestizos and indios, who are mostly of Malay origin or are Indon. Then there are the ethnic groups. Since majority of Filipinos are of Malay stock, it is better to trace where this race comes from (not Filipino), and how this race is related to the Indonesians and Malaysians. No need to trace the mestizos because you’ll just get the mix of other races. I rather trace the ethnic groups–Igorots, Negritos, Mangyans–and how they link us back to a larger racial group. To stick to the term Filipino is misleading. Fancy but I’d expect this professor would have been more circumspect in using vague terms. Filipino is like Singaporean. What’s that?

      • ApoNiLolo

        … or American for that matter. >: D

      • buttones

        I don’t think you are getting through to the poster, there is no such thing as a ‘Filipino gene pool’ we are, as you say mongrels, a mish mash of many another race. We never had a genetic pool! This exercise is a 5 million peso one in pointless futility, and if I find out my government has shelled out a single centavo to this Filipino American chemist ‘expert‘ , I shall be very annoyed,,,,

      • http://inquirer.net/ binaygulay

        Please read the medical implications of the study. New drug therapies, predisposing diseases are just some of the potential benefits of the study. Its well worth the measly 5 million pesos na ‘barya lang kay Tito Sotto’.

        I think we can agree that Tito Sotto is more annoying than this potentially huge study.

      • buttones

        Are you suggesting that peculiar genetic discoveries, [ours basically] lead to medical discoveries that might help those with certain genetic backgrounds? But surely this cannot be the case? We are all basically the same, and as time passes we are getting more and more homogenized- Chinese interbreed with Filipino, Filipino interbreed with Anglo Saxons, their offspring might interbreed with Africans and so on… surely medicine is not aimed at ethnic groups? Penicillin for example works just as well on a Filipino as it does on an Eskimo. As I posted earlier, this pursuit is an academic one, in my opinion- nothing wrong with that, but I cannot see how the outcome of the research might lead on to medical breakthroughs particularly aimed at Filipinos. I also found the comment “ He believed the project should be conducted by an all-Filipino team” Why? If private organizations and individuals want to fund this sort of research fine, pharmaceutical industries spring to mind, but this ’measly’ 5 million should not come from the public purse, we’ve enough on coping with Senators handing out wasted millions to their pals. Sotto more annoying, more irritating, more infuriating than this research? Oh yes, if I had the cash I wouldn’t mind spending 5 million on finding out just what makes that boy tick…. If I had a billion I’d include all of the Senate as well… He believed the project should be conducted by an all-Filipino team” Why? If private organizations and individuals want to fund this sort of research fine, pharmaceutical industries spring to mind, but this ’measly’ 5 million should not come from the public purse, we’ve enough on coping with Senators handing out wasted millions to their pals. Sotto more annoying, more irritating, more infuriating than this research? Oh yes, if I had the cash I wouldn’t mind spending 5 million on finding out just what makes that boy tick…. If I had a billion I’d include all of the Senate as well…

      • http://inquirer.net/ binaygulay

        How can you be so sure? This has not been done before. You were partly right when you said we are ‘basically the same’, as the Human Genome Project concluded there is NO such thing as race. What they found out were only subtle differences that may account for disease predispositios and phenotypic traits. And those subtle differences are what they are after.

        If a Filipina carrying an X-linked disease trait marries an Anglo-Saxon or Chinese or African or whoever- it does NOT reduce the chances of transmission of that disease. Chances are, our diseases from time immemorial has been preserved.

        Im not sure about penicillin BUT, as Ive said, major differences in such drugs as Isoniazid (or any drug requiring acetylation). Even your alcohol metabolism is significantly different from Caucasians.

        About the all-FIlipino team, I dunno, maybe he’s trying to rally our pride.

        And the funding hmm, yeah maybe they’ll be better off with a private institution. I doubt NIH can fund this.

      • buttones

        I don’t think most Filipinos are going to be HAPPY knowing where they came from either, having a full belly, and a job and a toilet might but where we came from is not really on the list of most dinnertime conversations…not only that this pursuit is soo yesterday, it’s been done already.

      • ApoNiLolo

        Tell that to reddfrog. He doesn’t seem to know where he came from. >: D

      • buttones

        Well I came from me mother…

      • http://inquirer.net/ binaygulay

        Indeed, the human genome project concluded on 2009 that there is no such thing as ‘race’. However, subtle differences account for the skin color hair color etc etc.. and of course predisposition to DISEASES…

        Think medically. A lot of diseases are genetically linked. It would be interesting to know what our predispositions are. For example, cystic fibrosis in caucasians, sickle cell in africans and so on. Locally, x-linked dystonia from those with Panay origin has been identified.

        Cancer is strongly linked to our genes. If we know our risks, we can screen early and treat effectively. So dont discount this study yet.

      • ApoNiLolo

        “Think medically”

        That’s another topic and it is a known fact that certain type of people are susceptible to a particular disease while other type are resistant to it.

        If that was the proposal of Parungganan, I wouldn’t have brought out my objection. Kaso nambobola. Acting as if he pioneered something and treating the public-at-large as a bunch of “uninformed” people. >: (

      • http://inquirer.net/ binaygulay

        Its not another topic. Purungganan mentioned at least twice in the article the practical and medical use of the study.

        Admittedly the article is glossed over by Purunggan’s quest for our ‘racial origin’. We can both agree thats BS.

        But I guess it makes a better headline for a sensationalized media does it not?

      • ApoNiLolo

        “Purungganan mentioned at least twice in the article the practical and medical use of the study.”

        If he elaborated on it instead on concentrating on tracing our “blood line”, then, there’s no misunderstanding. Just read how posters interpreted what he said.

        I don’t know if it’s PDI’s fault, for sensationalizing the issue, or Parungganan, for playing on people’s ego. But I admit, medically speaking, there’s merit on that research and P5 million is peanuts compared to the benefits it will offer. : )

      • http://inquirer.net/ binaygulay

        Thanks, thats all I wanted to hear :)

  • jahred

    what’s the agenda here ?

    why i must waste my time to know where im come from 

    this the best gene’s and bloodlines to apply in this planet

    let’s think we are just one ‘ One Image , Same Vital Organs Same Structure Of Bones And Skull.

    I Am Roots Of Jesus ‘ Allah ‘ Buddah etc etc

     and  that will make sense ….

    • reddfrog

       You’re welcomed to stay ignorant of where you come from. Nobody is forcing you to know.

    • Avery_23

      You are wrong, BTW!

      • jahred

        Critics Are Accepted !

    • http://inquirer.net/ binaygulay

      Think about the medical implications. Cystic fibrosis in Caucasians, sickle cell in African-Americans and X-linked dystonia in Panay – we know all their associations because of genome mapping.

      It would be interesting to note what our disease predispositions are dont you think?

      • jahred

        The instinct and the reflexes are not interested

        i find waste of time 0(‘-‘)0

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    eventually we will know pinoys also comes from africa.

    • Avery_23

      everyone is.

  • AllinLawisFair

    Germany doctors have been saying that according to their observations, Hepatitis B is common among Asians.

    • Avery_23

      What’s your point? There’s vaccination for it! Get vaccinated!

    • boybakal

       Agree…not only Hepatitis but also TB.

  • buttones

    Well it’s an interesting academic question, and when we have found out I’m not too sure on the value of the conclusion. If we really take all this back to our roots, all of us, it is said that the cradle of mankind came out of Africa. Some argue that we all came out of the Garden of Eden from a bloke called Adam and a woman called Eve,… I was always taught that our roots did come from Africa, and peoples migrated north into Europe and across Asia across the land bridge of the Bering straights down all the way to the tip of South America. Some turned east from Africa and entered Arabia, across the narrow straights of the Red Sea and then across the straights of Hormuz into Persia and onto to India, some from there went south into the Malay peninsula, the archipelago that is now Indonesian and on to Borneo and Sulu, others came down from probably what is now Taiwan. Others that made their way down to South America and sailed west and populated the islands of the Southern Ocean, as others sailed east from our part of the world. All this took about 300, 000 years, you can walk along way in that time- I mean does it really matter? Humans are becoming homogenized anyway. Ok, as I said this is an academic interest, from a Pilipino American chemist who needs 5 million peso.. To prove what?

    • http://inquirer.net/ binaygulay

      If you read thoroughly you will find many medical references to the article. Diseases, new drug therapies etc. etc.. An info about our drug metabolism to isoniazid for example (a TB drug), which can help produce a stronger drug, is well worth more than the measly 5 million pesos.

      It’s not all about our ‘race’.

  • tarikan

    Ten representatives from different provinces for a Filipino DNA. That’s a noble idea. But hey, DNA aside I probably would know the traits, habits, of a majority of the male Filipino. They urinate on walls, behind a tree or electric pole, or just in plain view of other people along sidewalks. They are the worst users of public toilets. They go around the neighborhood half naked and almost always drunk. They drive drunk. When in a traffic altercation, they shoot first and cry later. The politicians and government officials? Oh my but one common trait is: Enter politics and make money while in the rest of the decent world they make money first and enter politics. 

    • tabingbakod

      If you are trying to be funny, you are not.

      Since this a science article and there might impressionable minds reading your simplistic post, you need to be corrected.

      All the negative traits you mentioned are not based on genes. When you think of the nature and nurture debate, the nurture aspect wins – hands down.

      Even your statement about a lot of people going to public office to be rich is erronous. The problem with our current system is that only the rich can run for public office because of the cost to campaign which can be solved responsible political parties, rules, publicly funded political parties.

      • Avery_23

        Not true with your last statement.

    • http://twitter.com/rolandcbarrera Roland C. Barrera

      Tarikan, pano ako iihi sa angkop na palikuran kung wala ka namang itinayong palikuran? Pano ko malilinis yung palikuran pagkatapos gamitin kung sira naman facilities dahil puro sub-standard? Eh mainit sa Pilipinas sobrang init, pano mo ako expect na magdamit na gaya ng mga eskimo?

       Bakit kayo pag nagpunta sa beach naka undies lang, tanggap ng lahat, pero kaming nakabababa, hindi tanggap kung nakahubad ang pantaas dahil sa init at sa ayaw naming marumhan ng husto ang aming damit dahil sa aming mabibigat ng trabaho. 

      Kami lang ba ang nagmamaneho na nakainom? Walang ganun na kano? hapon? instsik? ingles at kung ano-ano pa? Alam mo po ba ang estadistika kung saan maraming nagmamaneho na lango sa mga inuming nakalalasing? Karamihan ng mga Pilipino sabi nila ay mahihirap, sa madaling salita wala silang sasakyan. 

      Parang di likas sa amin ang mamaril, gumamit ng sibat, tirador at patalim, maaari pa. Ang tunay na Pinoy di gaya-gaya. Likas na mabait, marunong makipagkapwa at higit sa lahat, kapita-pitagan. Hindi kaya yaong mga nalahian ng iba ang gayon at hindi kaming tunay na Pilipino?

      Sa isyu ng pulitika na iyong tinuran, may magagawa ba kaming mga katutubo sa sistemang ito na atin ng kinasadlakan. Kayo ang mga pulitikong marurunong, nag-aral sa Oxford o Harvard, pero gayun pa din ang sistema na ipinayayakap ninyo sa amin. Kung maaari lang sana na makipagpalit ng puwesto sa mga pulitiko, maraming pagbabago sana ang nais kong maganap. Pero sayang, kailanman di ito magiging posible… pipirma pa lang ako ng aplikasyon para kumandidato, nuisance na agad ako sa COMELEC ng mga marurunong na nag-aral ng matatayog na pamantasan… 

      Ang isyu ay hindi kung ano ang pinagmulan, kundi, kung paano niyo mamalasin ang mga baga-bagay hindi para sa pansariling kapakanan kundi para sa ikabubuti ang lahat ng nasasangkot. 

      Sa totoo lang hindi mahalaga sa akin kung ako’y Pinoy o hindi. Ang nais ko nga mabura ang salitang, “banyaga” sa anumang diksiyunaryo. Para sa akin, mas mabuting magkaroon ng internasyonal na pagkakapatiran ang lahat ng mga tao at mabura ang anumang uri ng nasyonalismo, dahil ito ang pinakamalaking balakid sa pagkakaisa ng lahat ng mga tao.

  • tarikan

    There are only two outcomes of this project. 1. If we originated from Adam and Eve (Genesis should supply Adam’s and Eve’s DNA sample or no need for Eve’s sample since she came from Adam’s prime rib) 2. If we originated from the apes. How interesting to know the genome of great, great to the nth power Lolo Adam and Lola Eve. How they multiplied…by incest or something?

    • reddfrog

       By incest. O di kaya binary fission.

      • Avery_23

        binary fission is not equal to incest!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MEGIRFUGZ6NQSAF4JMGHZSIIY4 Joseph

      who begot who? you believe in creation then it’s incest, otherwise the snake DNA is embedded in your genes.

      If you believe in evolution, take a look at the virus genes in you.  Maybe you have 100% close relatives to a worm.

    • Avery_23

      Not necessarily, it could have been a group of few or even millions that split from the rest of the apes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JEMNLLYAP5EA7SM3A6QUOGV62Q Chris

    After this research, I would like to see how to improve the Filipino mentality or mindset which is the single biggest factor for our underdevelopment and lack of unity. So evident of this post.. lots of non-sense.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MEGIRFUGZ6NQSAF4JMGHZSIIY4 Joseph

      Filipinos should get down the tree tops first and lost the tail. 

      • batanghenyo

         Have you lost yours? Why don’t you get out of the swamp?

      • batanghenyo

         and why don’t you learn to speak proper English first? Our public schools could be helpful haha

    • JosengSisiw1

      I’m 100% agreeing with you. A lot of people here are just wasting time commenting without even trying to understand the issue and without even trying to understand the others comment on the issue. Those people’s replies usually go personal and likely with words like tanga, tonto…etc. I really pity these people for not using a bit of their brains to find a good and better argument.

    • http://inquirer.net/ binaygulay

      Don’t mind the stupid comments. I’ll bet a majority of them came from school drop outs manning a computer shop

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MEGIRFUGZ6NQSAF4JMGHZSIIY4 Joseph

    I will donate some money if they will try to sequence the DNA of Lolong and look who’s in the Senate and Congress got the crocodillian genomes.

  • ALDEA

    5 Million Pesos funding for Filipino DNA genomes research… you can easily have it in a month time.. maybe even more than that figure… put a secured donation box sa NAIA 1, 2 and 3 Arrival area… just for some loose foreign or local currencies solve iyan, baka pati research sa mga uri at klase ng mga medicines para sa Filipino genomes dala na dyan… huwag lang pamahalaan ng politicians, pulis, pari o other religious group at mga grupo ng militante ang pagkokolekta ng mga donations, kayang-kaya iyan gawin ng karaniwan masang Filipino…

  • Avery_23

    He is 3 quarters Spanish.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N5HS2SUCIKR7DLBTHUKBXYSFUU Richard

    My professor in graduate school would always make a joke that “change the genes of Filipinos if we want genuine change”. Probably this genome study would reveal something new that make us understand more of our make-up as people.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MEGIRFUGZ6NQSAF4JMGHZSIIY4 Joseph

      you will be surprise majorit of Filipinos still sport a tail.

  • boybakal

    This is good.
    At least being a Filipino is a race or blood we can call our own, our very own, pure Filipino.
    We should be distinguished from one having Chinese blood or foreign or alien blood or mestizo.

    And once established as genuine Filipino…we should receive more recognition than one that is not pure.
    We should be the priority and above others.
    Philippines is for Pilipino.We are the Maharlikas.

    • Avery_23

      That is just a very racist comment!

      • boybakal

         Yes, I am a racist…a racist who loves filipino first before others.

      • http://inquirer.net/ binaygulay

        Did you know why Hitler killed the Jews?

      • boybakal

         No…but for sure, I have nothing to do with the killings.

      • Avery_23

        Do you know why the Japaneses killed many Asians and people such as binaygulay doesn’t know that?

  • JosengSisiw1

    5 million pesos lang? Actually it’s easy to get it if our billonaires & millionaires will just donate a very little part of their money. But the problem here is most of our billonaires & millionaires were Chinese and it’s not in their interest finding the root of a Filipino.

    Let’s us ask the man who always claim his true Filipino bloodline. Let us ask the JEJOMAR BINAY and see how true is his claim to be a real faithful Filipino. 5 million is chicken for his dynasty..I mean family.

    • Avery_23

      I think you forgot about the Ayalas and Lopezes. They are ultra-rich and they don’t pay taxes cause they use loop-holes!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ELGS2BPKJKG5PDWJAOOCF7K5KI Albert

         Most filipinos who want to complain about others don’t pay taxes either.

      • Avery_23

        Oh, such as whom?

      • Avery_23

        And does that give an excuse as to charging excessively for water and electricity?

    • Avery_23

      Ayalas and Lopezes – the reason why electricity and water is one of the most expensive in Asia and the reason why our economy cannot grow.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MEGIRFUGZ6NQSAF4JMGHZSIIY4 Joseph

      I think this is getting ridiculous.  Filipinos is a mixed race.  How can you tell who’s the real Filipinos?  Maybe the indigenous natives like the tribal south, the Ati, or the northern mountain tribes.  The very first people in the island could be the real Filipinos.  

  • Elaine Tima

    I’ve always wondered what the effects of those land bridges from that time had. This might answer that question. Would absolutely want to find out more about it. And that the project will be done by Filipino scientists should be more than a plus for the project, I think it’s just proper. Here’s hoping it gets done.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IASKYK3GXVWMQGKQBRHK3GXMCA jane

    P5 million lang naman pala. i-push na yan. sabi nga ng proponent, madaming impormasyon ang malalaman natin sa pamamagitan ng pag map ng genome natin

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  • http://inquirer.net/ binaygulay

    ‘What’s your mix?’ tagline is vain and self-serving imo. I believe they would be better off mapping diseases and cancer genes so we can know our risks.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MEGIRFUGZ6NQSAF4JMGHZSIIY4 Joseph

    Filipinos has pirate bloodline.  Look, the politicians are raping, pillaging and plundering the country.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZFJ33JUQK7G5OSYRA7OXSEKIZU Accountant Tax

    let’s start with the genome of marcos and enrile.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CAWLT6SE3IC36RTDVRUIDWO364 Dag Erickson

    Mr Puruganan forgot out African connection- the Aetas and the Pygmies

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CAWLT6SE3IC36RTDVRUIDWO364 Dag Erickson

    How could Mr. Paruganan forget out African connection? Maybe he is asleep during Social Studies class. 

    • muddygoose

      Everyone has African connections. Even our Aeta brothers had to go through South Asia to reach the Philippine islands.

  • jahred

    only the fools are ignorant 0(‘-‘)0 D*** **S

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Copper-Sturgeon/100000249596904 Copper Sturgeon

    Would it be surprising if one finds that the majority Filipino is actually native (time-distance of 6,000 years) and not as mixed as one may think?

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