About island origin hypothesis of the Philippines?
Easter Island Ape / Aquatic Ape Hypothesis - Origin of Man
, who discovered it during the Easter of 1722. Nevertheless, before and after this discovery, the territory has held other names. There are many signs which indicate the natives called it Te Pito O Te Henua (“the navel of the world”) and Mata Kiterage (“the eyes that look up to the sky”). It is less possible it was baptized as Rapa Nui, since it is a Maori word and researchers calculate the island received this name last century from Tahitians who visited it. Subsequent to Roggeween’s discovery, there were also other names for this insular territory: it was also named San Carlos Island when the Spanish dominated …the English sailor James Cook referred to it in his tales.
Insular biogeography - Wikipedia
The hypothesis that the inhabitants of Rapa Nui came from the Polynesia was accepted up to mid 20th century. Then another theory emerged, which proposes a South American origin. Its supporters highlight the amazing similarity between Andean constructions and the ones in the island. The main advocate of this theory is Thor Heyerdhal, who travelled by boat (the Kon Tiki, built by craftsmen of Lake Titicaca) from the South American shore to the Polynesia. This way, he proved the possibility of a navigation route between the continent and the islands of the Pacific. The theory of Polynesian origin states that This theory is gathering more and more answers. Another theory based on the existence of sweet potatoes and pumpkins in the island states that the first settlers came from South America, particularly from Peru and northern Chile, led by the Humboldt Current.