The reason probably has something to do with the origin of the term Filipino. This is not a translation issue, as most people speak English well, or well enough to know that BumBum, for example, is not exactly on the rest of the Anglophile world's list of popular baby names. Sometimes, very cruelly, a disgusting name was given to an individual. the Philippines was a Spanish colony from the 16th century and an American territory from the 20th century. But not a lot of Filipinos have Spanish decent only 3-4% of the entire population does. Almost all Filipinos had Spanish or Spanish-sounding surnames imposed on them for taxation purposes, but a number of them have indigenous Filipino surnames. 07-11-2010, 09:35 PM #2. That's why most Filipinos are catholic/christian, about 70% of them are. You will almost never see a Filipino organization overseas raving about the Spanish language, it will always be Filipino language (an off-shoot of Tagalog, a language … And they forced native Filipinos to adopt their last name, culture, and religion. That is how “Cagayan” was made into a place name. Now the people can be censused, taxed, and hopefully stop having sex with relatives. Since then, the Filipinos have bastardized the Spanish-style naming system from Mexico, but it … The Spanish ruled over the Philippines for 100s of years. Chances are you’ve come across Filipinos and wondered why they have Spanish-sounding last names, like Garcia or Rodriguez. So why do Filipinos have such odd, even risque, names? In Spanish cagar means “to poo.” Cagayan means the place where to do your “number two.” Philippine American Writers and Artists President Edwin … Some Spanish immigrated there and married the native Filipinos. Even names of towns did not escape this naming pattern. They have chinky eyes, brown skin, eat rice with everything while praying the rosary…but boast last names … On November 21, 1849, Governor General Narciso Clavería y Zaldúa issued a decree stating that Filipinos should adopt Spanish surnames to make census counting … He named the Philippines after the king. Most Filipinos have Spanish last names because: The Philippines was one of the longest-lasting colonies of the Spanish. Because of our shared history of Spanish colonization, many people with roots across Latin America and the Philippines tend to have names originating from Spain.Check out this list of common Filipino last names and you’ll see an abundance of super familiar ones, like Reyes, Cruz and García. Just because long long time ago some bunch of Spanish people came and reigned their poor-even-then country Philippines, and then mass-raped the women and then the locals started picking up Spanish names to name their newborns, doesn’t mean these suckers are “Spanish”. So not only do most Filipinos not speak Spanish, Filipinos don't even embrace Spanish language as the national unifying language of the Filipino people. That is why Filipinos sometimes have Spanish … Along with it, a book full of names that were acceptable. …And Nicknames Ferdinand Magellan claimed the Philippines for Spain April 27, 1571. While a sizeable number of Filipinos have Spanish surnames following an 1849 decree that Hispanicised Filipino surnames, chances are most people have a tenuous, or no link to Spanish ancestry. So that's why most Filipinos do have Spanish last names and some has native filipino last name … So Mexico issued a new law requiring naming people a certain way. The reason a lot of Filipinos have Spanish last names is simliar to why black people in America have white last names, the "oppressors" imposed their will on them and "branded" them with their last names. So next time a Filipino tells you they're part Spanish, just give them the Bert stare.