Barangay

[pre-colonial] Before the arrival of the Spanish colonizers in the Philippines in the 16th century, the Barangays were well-organized independent villages - and in some cases, cosmopolitan sovereign principalities, which functioned much like a city-state. The Barangay was the dominant organizational pattern among indigenous communities in t...
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barangay

type of early Filipino settlement; the word is derived from balangay, the name for the sailboats that originally brought settlers of Malay stock to ... [2 related articles]
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Barangay

A barangay (Brgy. or Bgy.; Filipino: baranggay, baɾaŋˈɡaj), formerly called barrio, is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward. In colloquial usage, the term often refers to an inner city neighbourhood, a suburb or a suburban neighborhood.{Citation needed|date=Apri...
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