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Filipinos (snack food)

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Filipinos is the brand name for a series of snacks made by Mondelez International. In , , and the they are produced and sold under the 'Artiach' brand name. Under license to , in the they are sold and produced locally under the brand. They have drawn controversy for having the same name as the of the .

The standard Filipinos snack is ring shaped and come in several varieties coated in either , , or . Milk or dark chocolate versions feature a light colored biscuit. White chocolate versions feature a dark biscuit. These can be purchased in large rolls. The dark and white chocolate versions are also available in the "Filipinos GoPack" or "Mini Filipinos", a smaller loose packet of four biscuits.

"Filipinos Agujeros" (holes) are crisp sized balls coated in either dark or white chocolate. "Filipinos Bigsticks" are crispy 20 cm (8 in) stick shaped snacks covered with puffed rice. These are coated in either dark or white chocolate.

The government of the Philippines filed a diplomatic protest with the government of Spain, the European Commission and the then manufacturer in 1999. The protest objected to the use of the name "Filipinos", a term which can refer to the people of the Philippines, to market cookie and pretzel snacks and demanded that Nabisco stop selling the product until the brand name was changed.

The resolution's author, former Philippine Congressman and Senator , claimed that the name of the cookie was offensive due to the apparent reference to their color, "dark outside and white inside". His resolution stated "These food items could be appropriately called by any other label, but the manufacturers have chosen our racial identity, and they are now making money out of these food items." On August 26, 1999, the Philippine president called the brand "an insult".

The protest was filed despite Foreign Secretary Domingo Siazon's initial reluctance on the matter. Siazon had reportedly said he saw nothing wrong with the use of 'Filipinos' as a brand name, noting do not complain that small sausages are called ''.

The controversial snack has been sold on the market for over 40 years. There were statements however, that the chocolate-covered snack was named "Filipinos" due to its brown outer layer and white inside before the snack was bought by Nabisco.Weekender: Travel trade east: Tuch ado about nothing. (1999). BusinessWorld, 1.

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