Illustrations from pages 56, 24, and 14 of the Boxer Codex manuscript: Tagalogs, Visayans, Negrillos
These three illustrations from the Boxer Codex depict some of the indigenous peoples living in the Philippines in their traditional garments. Each page has a colorful border of green vines, blue flowers, red and gold flowers, blue birds, and what seem to be brown civet cats. At the top of each page, the name of the group is written in gold ink. From left to right, the first couple are the Tagalogs from Luzon (whom the Spaniards called naturales, or natives) wearing bright red and shades of purple with gold necklaces and bracelets worn at their wrists and knees. The second couple are the Visayans, with their characteristic tattooed skin (and whom Spaniards called Pintados, or the Painted Ones). The man on the left wears orange with a matching putong, or headwrap, and the woman beside him wears pink and blue. The third couple are Negrillos (or Negritos), and both wear white wristbands and loincloths. The man on the left carries a bow, while the woman to the right carries arrows.