English is widely spoken in both countries (although it is more so in the phil.)
the majority of the people in both countries are  of Austronesian (malayo-Polynesian)
the malay and filipino language have the same root words 
there is sizeable  chinese minority in both countries who control a large chunk of the economy 
muslim holidays are respected and celebrated in both coutries 
noodles are famous and well-loved in both countries
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All of the said countries are members of the ASEAN!