Impress a Filipino
(Tak Toyoshima draws the strip, Secret Asian Man, for Boston's Weekly Dig. )
For those of you who didn't take a course on Philippine History, you may be like S.A.M. and wonder why your friend who says he's Asian has a name that is Spanish.
Spain colonized the Philippines for three centuries. They sent their missionaries to all the villages and changed everyone's surnames to Spanish names. They also gave them the gift that keeps on giving --- Catholicism. The Philippines is the only predominantly Catholic country in the Asian continent. Which is only one of many reasons why they are consummately screwed up.