Hermano Pule

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Apolinario de la Cruz (Hermano Pule):
Religious Fanatic or Advocate of Religious Freedom?

Table of Contents
I. Introduction .................................................................................................. p. 3-4 II. Significance of the Study ............................................................................. p. 5 III. Body ............................................................................................................. p. 6-8 IV. Conclusion .................................................................................................... p. 9 V. Sources........................................................................................................... p. 10

I. Introduction
The Philippines was colonized by the Spaniards for almost 333 years with one of their goals which was to spread Catholicism and their religion here in the Philippines (Agoncillo, 1990). They used religion as a means to easily influence the Filipino people because of their successful conquests was aided not by mere swords but with the cross. Thus, they started converting the natives into the Christian faith. But, this wasn’t their sole purpose why they went here in the Philippines. It was to establish themselves here and it was a way for them to reach out to them in order to be easily accepted by the Filipino people. As Filipinos, we were greatly influenced by the Spaniards. They have brought religion here in our country which made us greatly attached with it. Religion has strongly influenced Filipino people on how they act and think and how they manage to live their everyday lives. This is because religion holds a central place in the life of the majority of Filipinos. It has played an important part in providing continuity in life among the Filipinos because our faith continues to guide us in making the right decisions and choices in life. It has also led to the cohesion and unity of a community of people because of the sharing of the same beliefs and principles. And last, because it has supported the moral purpose for existence because it shows us how blessed we are with the life given to us by the Almighty. The natives began embracing the introduced Christian faith by the Spaniards. Because of the strong personal faith of the Filipinos, it has given rise to numerous revolts for freedom and independence. For many years, the Indio’s did not stop in their struggle fighting for freedom. For this, they began to question the oppression that had been imposed upon them by their colonizers and so this gave way for them to attempt to attain liberty and sovereignty from the conquerors.

II. Significance of Study
This research topic poses many questions on how religion has greatly influenced the Filipino people with regards to their decision making, plans of action and executing these decisions. What is the importance of religion in Philippine society and how has it affected how Filipinos were before during that time? This significance of the research paper is to show whether Apolinario de la Cruz (Hermano Pule) was a religious fanatic or an advocate of religious freedom. We should examine and scrutinize Hermano Pule’s actions whether he was a fanatic who wanted to revive animism or a supporter of attaining religious freedom from the oppressors. Also, it is to show how religion has influenced on how he acted on the oppression imposed to them by the colonial masters and how he used it as a tool of fighting for attaining religious freedom and independence. This topic is relevant to today’s society in order for us to see how the natives were during that time and how religion became an instrument in uniting and bringing them together as one, fighting for the same purpose and belief. It shows how Filipino people were smart enough to use their knowledge, skills and talents in bringing about change in their society. During that time, there were no means of unity among the people....
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