Read full document


By | September 2011
Page 1 of 30
I. Subject: HISTORY 1 Background Profile of the Philippines and the Filipino Culture

II. Week No.: Week 1, 2, 3 AND 4
Period Covered: June 19 - July 16, 2011
Submission Date: July 17, 2011

III. Name:

IV. E-mail:

V. Course: AB Political Science

VI. Student Number: N/A

VII. Country: Philippines


1. Describe Pre-Colonial Culture of the Philippines, its Geographical setting, and compare the same in the present time.


The Filipinos lived in settlements called barangays before the colonization of the Philippines by the Spaniards. As the unit of government, a barangay consisted from 30 to 100 families. It was headed by a datu and was independent from the other groups. (The Tagalog word barangay came from the Malay word balangay, a boat that transported them to the islands.)

Usually, several barangays settled near each other to help one another in case of war or any emergency. The position of datu was passed on by the holder of the position to the eldest son or, if none, the eldest daughter. However, later, any member of the barangay could be chieftain, based on his talent and ability. He had the usual responsibilities of leading and protecting the members of his barangay. In turn, they had to pay tribute to the datu, help him till the land, and help him fight for the barangay in case of war.

In the old days, a datu had a council of elders to advise him, especially whenever he wanted a law to be enacted. The law was written and announced to the whole barangay by a town crier, called the umalohokan.

The People’s Commandments. Pre-college Filipino textbooks teach that the only written laws of pre-colonial Philippines that have survived are the Maragtas Code and the Code of Kalantiaw, both prepared in Panay. Some historians believe that the Maragtas Code was written by Datu Sumakwel, one of the chieftains from Borneo who...

Rate this document

What do you think about the quality of this document?

Share this document

Let your classmates know about this document and more at