How a Punjabi-origin war hero became an important political figure in the Philippines: Scroll

(The article first appeared on Scroll on April 19, 2022)

  • Indians began migrating in small numbers to the Philippine Archipelago as early as the 2nd century CE, when Hinduism and Indian influence reached the farthest corners of Southeast Asia. With every small, irregular wave of migration, Indians assimilated into the local society, resulting in millions of Filipinos having varying degrees of Indian ancestry. One prominent member of the Filipino-Indian community to emerge from these waves was Ramon Bagatsing, the son of an immigrant who became a war hero and a key political figure…

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