Luzon of China

Between 1405 and 1422 Emperor Yung Lo sent six huge naval expeditions under an admiral named Zheng He (Cheng Ho) that showed the Chinese flag to Southeast Asia and brought about trade and Chinese over lordship throughout the region including the island Luzon which the Chinese called "Lu-sung" after the Song dynasty of China.

Admiral Zheng He, the Grand Eunuch, led China’s great sea exploration. Zheng He was a Muslim. For centuries The trade routes by sea from China to the African coast were frequently used by the Chinese, Arabs, Asian Indians and South East Asian traders. Spices were in big demand and most came to trade for spices.

In 1405 the Yongle Emperor of China appointed a governor over the island of Luzon and the island became a commonwealth territory of China. Now China controlled all trade with the island. Soon Chinese were migrating and settling in Luzon. Hokkien was spoken by ethnic Chinese throughout the Philippines.


Filipinos of Chinese descent are called Intsik born and raised in the Philippines. Chinese Filipinos are one of the largest overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia. There are approximately 1.5 million Filipinos with pure Chinese ancestry in the Philippines.


Filipinos with at least some Chinese ancestry are known as Sangleys. Spanish used the term mestizo de sangley to refer to a person of mixed Chinese and indigenous Filipino ancestry. The national hero of the Philippines, Dr. Jose Rizal, is a descendant of the Chinese Sangleys. He spoke 22 different languages.

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