• Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Pottery was being made on the Philippine archipelago from at least 3000 BC, probably by people of Malay origin, and metals were being worked by the first millennium BC. Merchants from south China reached the islands during the 10th century AD (T’ang Dynasty), heralding centuries of Chinese trade with the region. Arab traders brought Islam from the Malay peninsula via Borneo and the Sulu archipelago in the late 13th century, and by the 15th century Islamic influence had spread as far north as Luzon. Most islanders lived in barangays, communities of 30–100 households based largely on kinship.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Further reading

  1. National Statistics Office. Philippine Statistical Yearbook. Google Scholar
  2. Abinales, Patricio N., State and Society in the Philippines. 2005Google Scholar
  3. Boyce, J. K., The Political Economy of Growth and Impoverishment in the Marcos Era. 1993Google Scholar
  4. Hamilton-Paterson, J., America’s Boy: The Marcoses and the Philippines. 1998Google Scholar
  5. Hedman, Eva-Lotta, In the Name of Civil Society: From Free Election Movements to People Power in the Philippines. 2005Google Scholar
  6. Kerkvliet, B. J. and Mojares, R. B. (eds.) From Marcos to Aquino: Local Perspectives on Political Transition in the Philippines. 1992Google Scholar
  7. Larkin, J. A., Sugar and the Origins of Modern Philippine Society. 1993Google Scholar
  8. Vob, R. and Yap, J. T., The Philippine Economy: East Asia’s Stray Cat? Structure, Finance and Adjustment. 1996Google Scholar
  9. National Statistical Office: National Statistics Office, Solicarel Bldg., 1 Ramon Magsaysay Blvd., StaMesa, Manila 1008.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry Turner

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations