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The above story is greatly inspired by Lord Laon and the Seven-Headed Dragon (The Legend of Mount Kanlaon) : sugarcain88.tumblr.com/post/37…
Inspired by this post, which contests the notion that Western colonialism has ‘helped’ the Philippines. Also worth reading is this
The Dragon : The Symbol of Good in Asia & The Symbol of Evil in West
In many Asian cultures dragons were, and in some cultures still are, revered as representative of the primal forces of nature, religion and the universe. They are associated with wisdom—often said to be wiser than humans—and longevity. They are commonly said to possess some form of magic or other supernatural power, and are often associated with wells, rain, and rivers. In some cultures, they are also said to be capable ofhuman speech. In some traditions dragons are said to have taught humans to talk.
In Western culture, the dragon represents evil and darkness. Unlike the celestial image of the Eastern dragon, the Western dragon has sharp teeth and strong legs. It is said to bring harm, suffering, and fear to human beings.
Uncovering Philippines Precolonial Past
Yet another problem with current Philippine history education is the complete disregard for Philippines’ pre-colonial past. There’s a brief description of the 1521 Battle of Mactan, where Magellan was defeated by the first ‘Filipino’ (put in quotation marks as technically there was no such concept at the time) hero Lapu-Lapu, then Legaspi’s ‘founding’ the Philippines 50 years later, paving the way for colonialism in the country, but that’s about it. There is little to no mention of the culture of the Philippine islands before that. When Magellan set foot on the Philippines, he didn’t find brute incoherent, half-naked savages who used stone tools and took to jungles to shelter. In fact, Magellan’s men were astounded by the extravagances of the islands’ chieftains. Carmen Guerrero Nakpil noted in her book, Heroes and Villains, that pre-colonial Filipinos “practically had silver pouring out of their ears.” In the same book, it is explained the actual situation was:
“Filipinos had never seen white men before Magellan and never thought the strangers would be as rapacious and predatory as they would prove to be. They assumed the new foreigners to be poor and needy because they had only glass beads, a string of little bells and a red cap (Magellan’s gifts) to reciprocate the native prodigality. The white men were, in fact, so dazzled by the earrings, chains, armlets and anklets of pure gold, worn by both the native men and women…
“At the time, our land, this archipelago, consisted of thousands of islands with pristine, enchanting ecosystems. Our people lived along white beaches, the banks of crystalline rivers and magical lakes where they fished; farmed the rice fields and orchards between the peaks of the Cordilleras, majestic waterfalls and volcanoes; they hunted, dug for gold, wove cloth from plants and grasses, sang and danced, swam and feasted.
“They were loosely organized into small fiefdoms, ruled by occasionally-warring chieftains attended by household serfs and slave workers and warriors… Their women were priestesses and rulers, with a degree of sexual freedom that would have made the X and Y-Generations blush.”
Not only did our people already have a writing system, Baybayin, in pre-colonial times, but they also had established political organization, social stratification, religion, and a culture deeply attuned into the arts as well as weapon-building. Our people were well-known sea-farers and had very good standing in business and trading with the Chinese empire (then the most powerful nation in the world), as well as with our fellow southeast Asians. The Luzones, natives of the island of Luzon, were fierce warriors, traders, investors, mercenaries, and sea-fares. It took two attempts for Legaspi’s men to completely contract Maynila from the Luzones, and their victory was attributed only to recent developments in firepower technology of the Spaniards.
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I know how Isai feels, being "civilised" and all..
Just an opinion though, Spain UNITED the Philippines NOT CIVILIZED. Since the Philippines was composed of separate Barangays, Sultanates, Rajanates and Kendatuans. Not to mention the Huangdoms. I don't know. I usually play with this idea. You know like "what ifs". Like, "What if Magellan actually got to the 'Spice Islands' instead of Sugbu?", "What if he landed in Sulu for some reason?", "What if he ended up in Formosa?", "What if the Sultan of Maynila/Seludong decided to run an empire in Luzon and instead became a separate country?" , "What if Magellan's whole crew died at sea?" or "What if he landed in the Confederation of Madja-as instead?"
I don't like villainizing Magellan, really. I mean, he may be the cause of Spain knowing about the Philippines, but he never really proclaimed directly that he was going to terrorize anyone in the process of discovering it. Besides that, I kind of feel sorry for the guy. When the ships came back to Spain without him aboard, Antonio Pigaffeta found out that Magellan's wife and kids had died because of disease or something, and it seems like the only living evidence of him existing was through the papers that was written about him. Even before the explorations, there was a lot of drama about him and his life that had something to do with the crown of Portugal and whatever, and he even got kicked out of his job once. So can't really pin him on anything.
Feel free to express your opinion in regards to this era. My only goal is to revive Precolonial Philippines.
The what if is fascinating as well. Ah if Spain ended up in Spice Island, he will be massacred by VOC (JP Coen - Dutch Republic) along with the British during Amboyna massacre (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amboyna_…)
In my opinion, Spain colonization unite Visayas and Luzon, while the USA colonization unite Mindanao into the Philippines.
Rest assured, I'm not villanizing Magellan so to speak. Kindly take note, the one giving naration is the governor general, he was the product of 19th century Spanish Insulares perspective on colonialism, thus his attitude is reflective of those colonial power attitudes of the time . There will be a separate story on what really happening with Legazpi and Magellan during this era for this comic version. Just a spoiler for you, Legazpi descendant is one of the main character in this story (and no, its not Isabella). Clue: Look up to Maharlika conspiracy.
Ah, Yes. Precolonial history is one of the most fascinating parts of the country's history for me. One of my favorites would be folklore. I was hoping to make a Kumintang OC one day. The Kingdom that used to be around Batangas. No one ever did it before. NCR wasn't the only that had it's own kingdom in Luzon. The rest weren't just barangays. However, I was planning to base him out of my sister's Batangas OC but she's been busy with school lately and she's thinking of redesigning him.
Erm, we kinda had an ancient Philippines idea, with Kumintang being Tundun/Tondo's brother. Despite being connected with CALABARZON as another story. Kumintang is like Batangas's dad along with Cavite and Laguna, while Tondo and Rizal are the same person, so he's like their uncle. Quezon's the youngest and has some similarities with Batangas. All of this, because I asked my sister to draw her OC of the town. And of course, maybe a few Hetalia gags along the way. Hehe. Maybe using most of it for fun. Sometimes, I just want it to be educational and informative, at the same time something fun to cheer people up ^ ^.
It's hard to find online sources. People don't really talk about it so much. Well, online. There are some books, but it's still hard to find them. Learning more about my Bicolano and Ilocano heritage would also be great. If I've become really committed, maybe my Ilongo heritage but not my Chinese ancestry. Too far!
Yes, I know that this was showing what the Spaniards thought of the Philippines during that time. It's just that a lot of fiction here villainize the Spaniards TOO MUCH. It's already annoying. Admittingly, yes, some people here still say that they civilized us. Less, people do something to change this mentality by getting the masses to get interested and educated in the right way, (I don't like Filipino Nazi) our history will forever be lost and/or misinterpreted.
I'm not really that sure If the VOC would have the heart to massacre them when they'll be seeing them starving and weak. Unless they really are that heartless. Sometimes, I wonder if they ever resolved to cannibalism. I mean, you're out of food or rats. I think, they would have done this if they never landed in Guam, where they where given fresh food and water. I'm not even sure what would happen if they landed in Malacca. He already has a bad name in Portugal. I remembered that he used to have a post there.
That's a very interesting story. The Tondo Conspiracy page has more words now, yay. Another what if. What if the rebellion was successful? I don't think I'll exist though. I don't know. Who knows? This makes me exited for the next updates.
Lol. Here's another what if (x) . hehe. Oh, Antonio.
FIlipiknow.net is a good site. Although, I can't promise you that it would be free from biases or accuracy. Like, some of their articles saying that "This may be forgotten or that people may not do this tradition any more", then again it could also just be me. Some of my favorite authors there are Mark V. and Luisito E. Batongbakal Jr. At least the site gives out references. Here's another thing shocking (x)
In Hetalia, at occasions I would sometimes put the nations on a personal portrayal. More like an approach of Hummanism. Since, nobody was born evil. But if I would all the time, it would be too disrespectful and offensive.
It would be great to read more of your story and OC as well. I hope you can keep writing them.
In regards to VOC, they do exterminate competitions during JP Coen's rule. He killed British merchants and Ambon natives in the Amboyna Massacre (I previously typo and wrote it Bandaneira massacre, my mistake). Since Dutch Republic is at war with Spain (80 years war), VOC was furious that Ambon people traded spices and made an alliance with Spain thus the massacre.(en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amboyna_…)
I guess you're right.
In the Heneral Luna movie, if they showed his betrayal, in my opinion, the movie would be even better. It would show how someone redeemed himself even if he has already betrayed his country.
About the OC, my sister actually wants to claim it. I don't know. It's kinda bit hard. We sleep in the same room together. The whole Batangas and the rest of CALARZON was her idea, which I don't mind, but I didn't knew that she wanted the rest of Pre-colonial Philippines, or Kumintang at least. I've been itching to make them ever since I've heard about them. Oh, well. I guess I should try focusing more on the other OCs that I had in mind.
I heard that the Ancient Greeks called the islands as some land of gold. I find it very interesting to look and learn actually.
btw, what hair color Captain have? I know that Aborigine can have blonde hair. Is his white like Kan Laon (indicating his real age) or is it blonde/very light brown?
also, will we hear more about Batara? I'm not expecting to see his physical form. Maybe his voice?
will Kan Laon shows Isabella his memories with the Naga Corridor?
will Elias and princess have a bonding moment since those two are the most normal character?
But when I saw, not heard though XD, on what Damaso said that 'Our history truly starts from Magellan's arrival.' just sort of hit me with bricks right now. The colonial Philippines back then was such a sad place, believing everything what their superiors said, on how their brown skin is ugly and such just broke my heart. The fact that these 'brute incoherent, half-naked savages' were a welcoming people that still today, Filipinos had inherited their ancestors' hospitality and the Spanish just called them savages? Oh dear, it seems that the term 'savage' is those who are barbaric and stuff, and the Spanish acted like that, raping women(?) and killing people mercilessly are not barbaric?
truly disheartening how during colonial era the people wholeheartedly believe that Spain truly 'civilized' the Philippines from their savagery. I hope more people will be more informed about the precolonial era
Precolonial Filipinos aren't barbaric. They were seafarers, traders and farmers. just because they have different culture and language with different clothing, does not means they are barbaric
Spain may be a great country but their people is what makes the country bad. Though, Jose Rizal always wanted the Philippines to be equal to Spain ^^
Maybe someday Filipinos would know all about the precolonial era ^^
Yes, they weren't really barbarics, just because their culture is different and their clothings are in which the Spanish thought of them as "half-naked savages". Duh. Not all people are the same XD//shot
this comic is mixed fiction tho
Wether it's Philippines found Magellan or the other way around is up to interpretation and you can read the full travel logs of Magellan in this web : www.heritage-history.com/?c=re…
But if you look at the historical books in my generation, most mentioned how Spain 'founded' (insert continent/island/land), with no regards to the indigenous people the same goes to other Europe colonial power as well.
there is a museum about Christopher Columbus (so called discoverer of America). I am too disgusted to go there. Considering how bad he treated the natives of the land he sailed to
I thought Columbus was a Portuguese XDD
Yes, it was unfortunate for the indigenous people.. just unfair.
I heard they celebrate Columbus Day in USA?
Anyways, there's a monument of him in Barcelona and Madrid. The one in Barcelona is a statue of him pointing to America's direction. Funnily the guide also quip 'hopefully the sculptor got the direction right' or something among those lines. I read in tumblr that Columbus capture a Muslim man who knows about map, coz they know nothing about cartography
yes, they do. I admittedly don't have extensive knowledge about the Natives in America or Columbus... But there's protests every year on Columbus' day. I once found a map of what America would look like without colonization. Native tribes building their own country. It's beautiful
everytime I pass a historical building in Spain I thought 'you guys can afford to built all this shit thanks to the poor nation you colonises. Splendor my ass'
pardon my language. I leveled up in snark
Unfortunately, history books here in the Philippines always started with Magellan's arrival all over again and again, it's still the same from the 1st grade to the 9th grade(yes, I am only a 9th grader XD), though each new level the history about the Philippines is just being detailed that is, from Elementary just the names of the heroes blah blah, to high school with dates blah blah, that's just it, the history of the Philippines that is always taught to the students are still the same. Now a lot of filipinos thought that the arrival of the Spaniards is a good fortune and stuff :v they always thought that our ancestors were just savages ugh. And also when it comes to history books here, other histories of other nations are always detailed more than our history.
It was unfortunate that Philippines Precolonial history weren't taught at school.. the history are fascinating with many Kingdoms like Cebu Rajahnate, Kedatuan Madyas, etc.
Yes, they weren't really taught here u.u sad but true, though sometimes in our arts class my teacher would mention about the Pintados and other stuff about the arts in the Philippines back then ^^ they actually mentioned the Laguna Copperplate Inscription too, but less detailed though
All about the precolonial Philippines are always less detailed but still mentioned some time to time ^^
A matter of perspective.