Politicians in the Philippines once contemplated naming their state "Malaysia", but in 1963 the existing states of the Federation of Malaya, plus Singapore, North Borneo and Sarawak formed a new federation adopted the name first.
Maharlika was another name considered, but it was found that the original meaning meant something like a male sexual organ.
Before the Spanish period, the archipelagoes of Southeast Asia were under the influence of traders from the Hindu-Malayan culture, such as the Majapahit Empire, which was then supplanted by Islamic conquest by the Sultanate of Malacca. The Sultanate itself had converted from Hinduism to Islam in 1414.
We have also been influenced by Buddhism from the 7th Century.
As for Malaysians, the people I have met in Britain were friendly, but I gather that the government and the religious nutjobs don't care for non-Muslims and their rights to freedom of religion.
To not want to be called Filipino due to your religion is the height of stupidity. If you really desire to return to your "roots", then you would have become an Animist, a Hindu or a Buddhist.
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