What Is Filipinization?

Filipinization refers to the inclusion of Filipinos in the U.S. colonial government of the Philippines, particularly under Governor General Francis Burton Harrison. While there were 2,623 Americans and 6,363 Filipino superannuated officials in 1913 during the beginning of Harrison's tenure, there were 13,240 Filipinos and 614 Americans in 1921 when he left office. He also oversaw the transformation of the colonial legislature into a directly elected, Filipino-controlled body.