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Does Filipino count as Hispanic?

adalaydeadalayde Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
I'm half Filipino and have Spanish ancestry on that side. I never actually thought it counted, but my counselor said "Spain" counts as Hispanic. I'm not sure if this is entirely correct, and I don't want to put it on my college app if it's not, because I feel like it might give me an unfair advantage that I wouldn't deserve. Any advice?

Replies to: Does Filipino count as Hispanic?

  • arc918arc918 Registered User Posts: 701 Member
    In the context of the National Hispanic Recognition Program, the rules are below. It appears you need to have (at a minimum) a grandparent born in one of the countries listed below.

    http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about/nhrp.html

    What is the NHRP's definition of Hispanic/Latino?

    To qualify for this program, you must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino. Hispanic/Latino is an ethnic category, not a racial category; you may be of any race. For purposes of the NHRP, you must be from a family whose ancestors came from at least one of these countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay or Venezuela.

  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 Registered User Posts: 14,567 Senior Member
    If your ancestor came frim spain, you're hispanic
  • adalaydeadalayde Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
    It's definitely not my grandparents. Probably my great-grandparents, then. So I guess I won't consider myself Hispanic?
  • pooopuspooopus Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
  • aunt beaaunt bea Registered User Posts: 9,165 Senior Member
    Your counselor is gaming the system. At one point, the Phillipines were invaded by Spain in the mid 1500s. This does not mean everyone automatically transformed from Filipino to Hispanic. Since Hispanic is typically 1/4 blood, with one grandparent, you would not be considered 1/4 hispanic.
  • luzyamorluzyamor Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Technically, Brazilians are Luso-Americans, not Spanish or Hispanic.
  • luzyamorluzyamor Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Spain was the original invader, and because they left us Spanish language and some cultural leftovers, we are called Hispanic. So according to the official categorization, you must be a least one fourth Spanish or Latin American.
  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 Registered User Posts: 14,567 Senior Member
    Since Hispanic is typically 1/4 blood, with one grandparent, you would not be considered 1/4 hispanic.
    1/4 blood of WHAT???? There are Latin Americans of 100% German, Italian, or Japanese decent that are "hispanic".
  • ItsJustSchoolItsJustSchool Registered User Posts: 1,974 Senior Member
    @GMTplus7, only because you remarked on the illegible Pell Grant, I know you have a sense of humor :)

    So, I ask, what about those latin americans who are 100% INdecent? Are they not hispanic? Is there a decency code? ;)
  • fallenwinterfallenwinter Registered User Posts: 267 Junior Member
    Filipinos are Asian.
  • qaz1995qaz1995 Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    Filipinos are Asians duh
  • batman24batman24 Registered User Posts: 88 Junior Member
    Flippin
  • scholarmescholarme Registered User Posts: 2,546 Senior Member
    If you're family descends from Peninsulares or Insulares, and/or still speaks Spanish at home, you are Hispanic.
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