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More Hispanic than we admit

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Is it possibe to be Filipino if we (get) rid of the Spanish influence? No.
—Fr. José S. Arcilla, S.J.—

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    • Enrique Manzano

      where could i get a copy of this? is it sold nationwide? im not living in the philippines but i’m working on a thesis about the hispanization of the country. it would be such a great help if i had a copy of this book

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  1. My son asked me “Are the Spaniards bad?” Normally, I would have directly his closed-ended question with a No because we train Joaquin to answer questions and not to answer questions with another question. However, that moment is exempted so I asked him back, Who told you that they are bad? he answered my teacher because she said they conquered the Philippines. Then I explained that if the Spaniards did not “conquered” the Philippines we will not have beautiful churches, colorful fiestas, and adobo (that’s favorite). Really it becomes difficult when teachers explain history this way -full of biased and hasty generalizations.

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  2. TOF – We all had the same teachers. They too are victims of “miseducation”. This is why the articles we write about that past is important because we advocate the holistic appreciation of our history rather than selective adaptations to fit the nationalist view of our history. I always get that question frm people I come across with – I always tell them that its not as bad as some teachers and historians are making it out. In the end , I tell them, we have to accept that we are all by products of historical activity. Just as we accept the good and bad in how our parents raised us, we need to accept history the same way.

    Joaquin would one day travel and write like you do – I can’t wait 🙂

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  3. I’m part Filipino, part American by sanguinity. Grew up partly in the U.S. & the Philippines (I’m currently back in the U.S.) Thanks to this site, I’ve a newly-formed interest in my Spanish heritage. In hindsight, it’s just quite sad that Spanish was no longer offered as a subject when I studied in the Philippines. What’s surprising is, both French & Spanish (& more recently, Tagalog) are offered as elective subjects starting in the elementary level here in the U.S. & thankfully I had the pleasure of taking one after the other during my 6th & 7th grades. Add to the fact that some employers, particularly here in California where I’m at, prefer a bilingual speaker –either Chinese & English or Spanish & English. I wish the Spanish language were offered in schools in the Philippines again. English is simply not enough anymore!

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