Revisiting the Ridiculous Tallano Gold of the Marcoses

I've written before about the Maharlika myth of the Philippines. Proponents claimed that the pre-colonial Philippines was once called “Maharlika,” and was an Asian superpower before it was ransacked by the Spanish.

Aside from the fact that the term was misused—the historical Maharlika was a lower nobility class, and did not include kings and queens—the pre-colonial Philippines was actually a collection of small kingdoms, and not a united superpower. It was eventually determined that the Maharlika kingdom was a fantasy cooked up by a professional squatter.