Created on March 22, 2012, this blog is dedicated to the rich and diverse Philippine cultures and it's people. You will find here pictures of the indigenous, music, dances, baybayin art, places in the Philippines, tattoo's, animistic beliefs, myths and legends, deities, food, martial arts, and everything that makes us Filipino, as well as our fellow Pin@y's from all over the world.
To be honest I haven’t come across many books talking about colonialism in the Philippines that is written by a Filipin@ and not someone who is a white American.
There most likely are several but I haven’t heard of them. The only books I can think of at the top of my head is Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipino -/ American Postcolonial Psychology by E.J.R. David which has some chapters dedicated to talking about the Spanish and American colonization and colonial mentality in general, and The Forbidden Book: The Philippine-American War in Political Cartoons by Abe Ignacio, Enrique de la Cruz, Jorge Emmanuel.
If anyone else knows any good books to recommend feel free to comment.
Actually if anyone knows any good books in general about Filipin@ culture, history, & colonization, feel free to message me some suggestions. I plan to make a post as a reference with a list of books that fellow Filipin@’s in the diaspora can read up on as I know many are eager to read books written by and for Filipin@’s on those types of topics, not only as a source of decolonization but also on learning about ourselves as a people.
If I haven’t answered your question yet, please stop sending me the same question over and over again.
Yes I realize I haven’t answered your question. Why? I get a ton of messages on various topics. There are around 100 messages in my inbox right now. I don’t have the time go through all of them in one day. When I have the time I reply to questions even if it can take weeks before I reply to a certain question.
If you have been following this blog for awhile now you can see when I reply to messages I try to take the time and actually reply, trying to give as much info as I can and sometimes it turns out to be a long response with occasional pictures to help with what I’m replying about.
Unfortunately I still have work. I have a life outside of this blog and other projects I’m working on. Even though I do spend a considerable amount working on this blog from trying to find what to post, what to say to questions, what to write about, etc. there isn’t enough hours in my day to do everything.
And it doesn’t help if you keep sending the same repeated message over 20 times, with something else added every now and then.
I’ll get to your message eventually. When I have the time. It’s not going to help if I’m browsing through my inbox trying to sort it out and who to reply to when every other question is the same question more or less by the same person through anon or not pushing the other questions in a scrambled mess. To be honest it gets aggravating when its a simple question I’m happy to reply to with detail but lose interest when you keep messaging me the same question over 20 times.
Straight to the point. Stop sending me the same question over and over again. I’ll get to it when I have the time to actually sit and reply. Otherwise if you just want a quick answer I’ll give a quick answer, I won’t try and be detailed and sit down and explain like I normally do, I’ll just give a simple yes or no answer.
When Bonifacio was born, there was nothing spectacular about him, save that what he would eventually do for his people he lovingly called Haring Bayang Katagalugan. Through the years, he has been used as a propaganda of Marxism, a political tool by Quezon against Aguinaldo, a hero who would be pitted against another hero, Jose Rizal. But remove all these embellishments, and we have a man who was as normal and commonfolk as we all are and could be. His idea of progress encapsulated in the Tagalog word “ginhawa” still reverberates in our national consciousness.
We now know that he was not that poor as proletariat (Mabini was poorer than him), he was not that impatient and impulsive as portrayed in many monuments (the screaming Bonifacio stereotype), that to say that he was from Tondo doesn’t mean he was a goon or a political warlord, but simply lived in one of the most exciting economic quarter in the Spanish province of Manila that is, as a presenter in the Bonifacio 150 conference at UP would say, a hotbed for new and radical ideas. We know from historical records that his tactics in Manila (countering the accusations of the Magdalo faction that he was not a good strategist), although foiled, was still ingenious given that he was managing troops larger than that of Cavite. We also know that although he did not finish school, he was an avid reader, who read Victor Hugo, the biographies of American presidents, who was a fan of the ideas of Rizal embedded in the two Rizalian novels of Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. It is safe to say that in the context of the entire Asian region, the idea that a colonized man, an indio can rise up and govern his country without the strength of world superpowers was not only inspired by Rizal—it was revolutionary in Asia at the time. He established a nationwide movement of Filipino revolutionaries he called KKK or Kataastaasang Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan, the first group of that nature in Asia.
Bonifacio’s death is still an issue of controversy, and that his death brought about by his fellow revolutionaries in Cavite only proves that the problems of the ‘social cancer’ written by Rizal is still true, and that even in the injustice done to him, the Filipino people still applauds him louder than Aguinaldo.
Gregoria de Jesus, who searched the mountains to look for his body, and Artemio Ricarte, including Macario Sakay, who continued his legacy even after the Biak-na-Bato pact. Only a heart like Bonifacio could set ablaze hearts like these heroics.
We honor the man, for who he really is. He believed that freedom, even if it is at a high cost, can be sought and achieved, despite the depravity of his nation. It is to this that tearfully, this historian acknowledge the giant that was Andres. “Aling pag-ibig ang hihigit kaya, sa pagkadalisay at pagkadakila… sa pag-ibig sa tinubuang lupa. Wala na nga. Wala.”
Salud, Supremo! Maligayang ika-150ng kaarawan! The first president of the Filipino nation.
*The Andres Bonifacio bust by the great Filipino sculptor Guillermo Tolentino. Take note of Bonifacio’s name in Baybayin below the bust.
So my mom just posted pictures from her mission trip back home in the Philippines to help victims from Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in Cebu and in the remote areas of Capiz & Kalibo (where my mom is from) in Panay.
Looking through them all is making me smile real big and makes me proud of my mom even more. :D Here are a few pictures of her giving medical treatments to our kababayans and some snapshots of some of the homes that’s been destroyed. She still has one more week left there and I honestly can’t wait until she comes back home (because it will be practically 3 weeks since I’ve seen her and I miss her) so she can tell me all her stories of what happened while she was back home helping out.
Thank you for your blog it's been very insightful. Recently I've been struggling with finding my identity and was hating on my culture because I vilified it as submissive to colonizers. But I had decided that I wanted to learn about my roots pre-colonialism and this has been a great place to start. Thank you so much. I am also interested in the concept of decolonization and was wondering if you talked more about it?
Ah thank you! I see this blog as my personal way of decolonizing and growth of knowing my identity as a Filipin@ and I’m glad its helped others as well. :)
Pre-colonial history has fascinated me since I first learned about Baybayin (our native scripts) and the old Filipin@ deities and creation stories (besides Malakas and Maganda because almost everyone knows of that one) back in 2010 or 2011. It’s actually the number one subject I continually research.
Ah. Decolonization. Actually throughout most of this blog that is all I ever talk about lol. There are some posts I have tagged with decolonization but by all means that isn’t all of them and some posts I have talked about decolonization I’ve forgotten to tag and have been to busy to browse through the archives for.
There is also a few posts I’ve written that isn’t on the Pinoy-Culture blog but on my personal blog, akoaykayumanggi.tumblr.com tagged with the same decolonization tag.
But ya in regards to decolonization and discussing it you will find plenty of it on this blog especially as one of the reasons this blog exists is for our own decolonization.
Created by Toby Finlayson and Joel Westlake from Desert Pea Media, to be premiered at the ‘Bangamalahna Binnadang’ Exhibition in Manila, the Philippines on July 4th 2012.
This exhibition was a culmination of a 6 year cultural exchange project between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous artists from the Philippines and Central West NSW (Wiradjuri Country), Australia - facilitated and partially funded, by artist Sean James Cassidy.
This song was created by Desert Pea Media as part of a 3 week cultural development program with indigenous peoples in Baguio City and Sagada, the Philippines. Featuring over 30 traditional artists and young people, the song was created using field recordings of traditional instruments and musicians.
'Echoes' also features traditional melodies, of which the lyrics have been re-written to send a message of unity and cultural resilience for all the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera.
The project was also funded by GrainCorp Limited and supported by the Ub Ubbo Project, the Australian Embassy, the Sagadan Mayor, Robert Pangod and office of the Mayor and the good people of the Municipality of Sagada (Igu), and Dakila — Philippine Collective for Heroism.
The Cordillera Fusion Collective is:
Cordillera Music Tutorial and Research Center (CMTRC) headed by Benny Sokkong, with Alex Tumapang and CMTRC’s talented performers.
St Louis University Cultural Performance Group
The High Schools of Sagada with its teachers and students.
Benny Sokkong Alex Tumapang
St Louis University Cultural Performance Group
The High Schools of Sagada, its teachers and students.
Lope Boksitan Bosaing and his family
The Phantom Pablo Capati III
Paul Albert Quiaño The Great and his family
Joey de Castro, his clay studio and family
Dr. La Verne Dela Peña, Ms. Dayang Yraola and The University of the Philippines College of Music.
Art Informal Gallery and the lovely Ms. Tina Fernandez
Ed Mungkal (Ed Ache) Bus driver and prophetic visionary
And John Pizzaro for his amazing support, and wish for better relations between the two countries.
Also the Australian Embassy Manila, and its Goddess Willa Santiago.
You really don’t understand how much I’m in love with this as someone who devotes every waking minute in researching on our precolonial history and our indigenous selves.
Kalooban: Oneness of the Filipin@ Soul in Dance
This was a presentation at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater from November 9-10, just a couple of days ago, on the dances of our ancestors, chronicled by Antonio Pigafetta, a historian who traveled with Ferdinand Magellan.
In 1521 when Magellan arrived on the shores of Homonhon (an island in the province of Eastern Samar) then to Cebu, he met the people who were covered in gold jewelry, ornaments, and tattoo’s. They fed him and his men with an abundance of food, which even till this day is a trait among Filipin@’s of feeding ones guests in a matter of a feast. They fed them, showed them hospitality, and danced, recited stories and epics, and played music for them. Unfortunately, their way of life, their dances, their music, would soon by forgotten and erased from their lives as Magellan, then followed by Ruy López de Villalobos and Miguel López de Legazpi, brought on the eventual 333 years of Spanish colonization.
However despite what happened, Pigafetta managed to record what he saw on their dances and music, chronicling them into written form, a preservation of what was lost to us after the years of colonization.
In the performance, theKaloob Philippine Music and Dance Ministry revives and relives the stories of our ancestors, on our dances, music, and clothing during the 16th century, based on the written accounts of Pigafetta.
Not only do they perform the old dances and music, but they also perform other traditional dances we know of and perform today such as the tinikling and singkil.
The purpose is not only to tell the written accounts of our ancestors to the public through theater, but also as a way of national identity, unity, and a call back to our indigenous selves.