DONA MAE RONQUILLO PHILIPPINE HISTORY Essay
DONA MAE RONQUILLO PHILIPPINE HISTORY
Following all the details and discussion according to the Spanish colonization in the Philippines, we can’t say that it brought all bad effects in our country, because as far as we are concerned, a lot of great influences brought by the Spaniards are being emphasized of todays, especially in religion, the Christianity brought by them. Showing effects as a whole is also different but still we are looking forward to the good effect they have done for us leading to positivity, we know that the Spaniards ruled the Filipinos for 333 years. So, that was the start of it, Spanish influence on the Philippines and the Filipino inhabitants was immediately visible following the imposition of Castilian colonial sovereignty.
The Spaniards transplanted their social, economic, and political institutions halfway across the world to the Philippine archipelago. Spain created the Philippines. It did not exist before Spanish colonization, prior to Spanish rule it was only a collection of small, undeveloped mostly stone age tribes and villages perpetually at war with one another. Some tribes were peaceful, but still lived in horror of constant terror by the many headhunters, cannibals, and slave traders. Spain introduced government, peace and a national identity.
Civilization and also Christianity, and with it the idea that it is not ok to rape, rob, kill, pillage, burn raid, or eat your neighbors, just because you are stronger or have more spears. Spain modernized the Philippines from mostly Stone Age, by the end of Spain’s rule Filipino society featured roads, bridges, schools, colleges, hospitals, grand ballrooms and theater. This social progress, and a growing, educated Filipino middle class, and the industrials era. The colonization of the Spaniards introduced the Philippines to the “modern world”. As a matter of fact, the Philippines weren’t even a country when the Spaniards came. It was just a series of islands with different tribes living in different “barangays.” But they did have a form of organization. The positive effect simply is that the coming of the Spaniards, aside from bringing together the 1000+ islands under one flag, helped the Philippines become a modern country where Europeans were at the forefront of progress and modernity at the time.
Is the campaign of the reformists to make the Philippines a Spanish province reasonable?
Propaganda movement in our country has a reasonable pursuit of reforms for making Philippines a Spanish province. Summiting this reform to the Spanish government aiming to get an equal treatment as like as the central government in Spain as well. Representation of the Philippines in the Cortes Generales, the Spanish parliament; Secularization of the clergy; Legalization of Spanish and Filipino equality; Creation of a Public school (government funded)public school system independent of the friars; Abolition of the polo (labor service) and vandala (forced sale of local products to the government).Guarantee of basic freedoms of speech and Freedom of association. Equal opportunity for Filipinos and Spanish to enter government service; Recognition of the Philippines as a province of Spain; Secularization of Philippine parishes; Recognition of human rights. This reform is quite reasonable for it aims for the Filipino to be aware of their rights.
Can the GomBurZa be considered heroes?
In my opinion, yes they can be considered as heroes, because of them:Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos and Jacinto Zamora (Gomburza), all Filipino priests, was executed by the Spanish colonizers on charges of subversion. The charges against Fathers Gomez, Burgos and Zamora were their alleged complicity in the uprising of workers at the Cavite Naval Yard. The death of Gomburza awakened strong feelings of anger and resentment among the Filipinos. They questioned Spanish authorities and demanded reforms. The martyrdom of the three priests apparently helped to inspire the organization of the Propaganda Movement, which aimed to seek reforms and inform Spain of the abuses of its colonial government.
Is the decision of Emilio Aguinaldo to execute Andres Bonifacio justifiable?
In an instance, yes, for Aguinaldo rigged an election at the rebels’ Tejeros Convention to show that he was the proper president of the revolutionary government. After Emilio Aguinaldo “won” the rigged election at Tejeros, Andres Bonifacio refused to recognize the new rebel government. Since that Katipunan was an organization, they were expected to support each other, do what their plans together. But Andres Bonifacio was not the same around, so in the side of the president of revolutionary government, which was Emilio Aguinaldo. It was an act of treason.