The Centery Hence Insight Paper

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Introduction:

The Philippines a Century Hence is an essay written by our Philippine national hero Great Filipino Dr. Jose Rizal to forecast the future of the country within a hundred years. Rizal felt that it was time to remind Spain that the circumstances that ushered in the French Revolution could have a telling effect for her in the Philippines.

Main Article:

 This Century Hence which was published in La Solidaridad as a series in four parts contained José Rizal's predictions on the possible future of the Philippines within a hundred years formulated on present conditions and circumstances. Rizal notes several possibilities that the Philippines would stay a Spanish colony provided its citizens receive not only the rights and privileges of citizens of the Spanish crown, but also the inherent rights of a human being that the Philippines will inevitably rise in revolt against Spain if continuously exploited and abused, citing several historical events as examples and that the Philippines may be conquered by other nations after Spain's presence in the country is extinguished. Rizal also explains the various factors contributing to every possibility and how the Filipino and Malayan psyche might exacerbate or mitigate these factors.

• Spain’s implementation of her military policies because of such laws, the Philippine population decreased dramatically. Poverty became more rampant than ever, and farmlands were left to wither. The family as a unit of society was neglected, and overall, every aspect of the life of the Filipino was retarded.

• Deterioration and disappearance of Filipino indigenous culture – when Spain came with the sword and the cross, it began the gradual destruction of the native Philippine culture. Because of this, the Filipinos started losing confidence in their past and their heritage, became doubtful of their present lifestyle, and eventually lost hope in the future and the preservation of their race....
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