Although it may not seem like it, the Philippines is a melting pot of a variety of cultures. From decades of interaction with other countries such as Spain, the United States, and more, influences from those areas are widely noticed today. For example, from decades of Spanish colonization, Roman Catholicism has become most prevalent religion in the country, with over 86 percent of the population practicing Catholicism. There are even smaller influences on culture such as in the food, from Filipino siopao (based off the Chinese cha siu bao) to champorado (based off of the Mexican champurrado).
Even without the influence from other countries, some regions of the Philippines seem so widely different from each other. Before any western influence, the Philippines consisted of individual tribes and kingdoms that often interacted with each other both peacefully and agressively. With these multiple identities throughout the Philippines, there was a rise in individuality among them, with each region starting to develop their own culture with unique languages, celebrations, and beliefs.