Edited by Jorge Mojarro
With a foreword by María Dolores Elizalde
Published by Vibal Group, Inc., ©2020.
More Hispanic Than We Admit 3
1521–1820 Filipino and Spanish Interactions over the Centuries
This anthology of new, classic, and adventurous essays delivers a volume replete with fascinating stories about the first three hundred years of Spanish Philippine history. Based mostly on archival sources, the book offers insights on Ferdinand Magellan, the first recorded European on Philippine soil; Lapulapu, the first native to resist foreign domination; Fray Martín de Rada, pioneer defender of indigenous people’s rights; Rajah Tupas of Cebu, the first major ally of the colonizers; the three rulers of pre-Hispanic Manila and Tondo, Rajahs Lakandula, Matanda, and Soliman; Don Nicolás de Herrera, the first native civil servant or “brown Spaniard”; and indomitable Madre Ignacia del Espíritu Santo and Venerable Madre Jerónima de la Asunción, courageous founders of religious institutes for women. These personages and other marginalized actors such as indio sailors, slaves, babaylanes (native priestesses), beatas (religious laywomen), Moros, highland Ifugaos, and Chinese merchants are studied as representatives of this turbulent and highly dynamic period. Also included are the most comprehensive synoptic essays on colonial Spanish Philippine literature, art, architecture, native rebellion, Hispano-Christian transculturation and mestizaje, transpacific maritime exchanges via the galleon, the early beginnings of the colonial treasury, the British invasion, and the rise of constitutionalism and criollismo.
The book balances hegemonic narratives with meticulous research using primary documents in order to reveal the once heretofore hidden Filipino responses to Spanish incursion—whether it be cooptation, acculturation, or outright resistance. Richly illustrated with prints, maps, and archival documents, More Hispanic than We Admit 3 serves as an important contribution to the continuing study of the Hispanic record as well as its legacy, the Hispano-Filipino identity while foregrounding native agency during the early and foundational stages of Spain’s imperial project.
Description: 600 pages : illustrations ; 23 x 16 cm