Thursday, August 26, 2010
It begins as the story of our ancestors, their differentiation into Muslims and non-Muslim, and then the division of the non-Muslims into Christians and non-Christians. It tells of their separation for centuries, and then of how the natives, Chinese and Spanish mestizos, and even some full-blooded Spaniards born in Filipinas, united to form the Christian Filipino nation. It tells of the imperfect joining of Christians and Muslims during the American colonial regime, as distinguished for the vision of Rizal and Aguinaldo of a fraternal, all-archipelago union.
This book is about the commonly shared and traditionally established system of values under lying Filipino behavior. This system forms only part of the larger Filipino cultural system. Thus, it is a subsystem. But,unless this subsystem is understood in its proper cultural context, it would be difficult to appreciate its influence on Filipino individual or group behavior.
From the Foreword. Philippine history is replete with Filipino heroes. This was especially more so during World War II when the Philippines was invaded by Japan. Many - or most - Filipino heroes, however, are unfortunately unknown to the present generation. Some medals and citations were awarded in the years just following World War II, and memorials and monuments were erected. Although memorial ceremonies were - and continue to be - held, the heroes usually remain in the background as other people take center stage. Thus, the really deserving men and women have faded into obscurity, lumped together in vague generalizations and cliches in speeches and books.
Furthermore, most of the histories of World War II in the Philippines have focused on Luzon. The battles fought on Luzon were, of course, important in the war effort, and in the wresting of the Philippines from the Japanese. But there were significant battles fought in the Visayas and Mindanao, battles which may be known in their immediate locality but not in the national consciousness.