The Rise of Filipino Nationalism

Topics: Philippines, Philippine Revolution, José Rizal Pages: 7 (1696 words) Published: August 7, 2012
The Rise of Filipino Nationalism
1.        Spread of Liberalism
-         Liberal ideas from Europe filtered in when Spain gradually exposed Philippine to international commerce. -         The sons and daughters of the Principalia were able to attain education, thereupon giving then exposure to libertarian ideas. 2.       Sentiments against the Principales – proportion of the local aristocracy to the broad masses. 3.       Racial Prejudice

-         Inferior race, limited intelligence
4.       Cultural changes
-         Ilustrados
5.       Secularization Controversy
-         Council of Trent – secular priests appointed to parishes. But due to lack of sec. priests, Pope Pius V issued Exponi Nobis (1567) w/c allowed the regular clergy to serve as parish priests w/out diocesan auth. And be exempted from bishop’s auth. 6.       Cavite Mutiny

-         200 Filipino soldiers and dock warriors of Cavite mutinied and killed their Spanish officers led by Sergeant Lamadrid. 2 days after, he was executed together w/ 41 mutineers in Bagumbayan. -         Some were exiled, hanged, and garroted.

Propaganda Movement
The Propaganda Movement was a literary and cultural organization formed in 1872 by Filipino émigrés who had settled in Europe. Composed of Filipino liberals exiled in 1872 and students attending Europe's universities, the organization aimed to increase Spanish awareness of the needs of its colony, the Philippines, and to propagate a closer relationship between the colony and Spain. Its prominent members included José Rizal, author of Noli Me Tangere (novel) and El Filibusterismo, Graciano López Jaena, publisher of La Solidaridad, the movement's principal organ, Mariano Ponce, the organization's secretary and Marcelo H. Del Pilar. Summary

In February 17, 1872, Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos and Jacinto Zamora, all Filipino priest, was executed by the Spanish colonizers on charges of subversion. 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. The limited higher education in the colony was entirely under clerical direction, but by the 1880s many sons of wealthy Filipinos were sent to Europe to study. There, nationalism and a passion for reform blossomed in the liberal atmosphere. Out of this talented group of overseas Filipino students arose the so-called Propaganda Movement. On December 13, 1888 they established in Barcelona the La Solidaridad. Poetry and pamphleteering flourished. The president of La Solidaridad was Rizal's cousin, Galicano Apacible. Among the other officers were Graciano Lopez-Jaena, vice-president, and Mariano Ponce, treasurer. Rizal, in London at the time, was named Honorary President. Unfortunately, Apacible could not hold the wrangling reformists together. It took the prestige of Rizal and the political wisdom of Del Pilar to unite the Filipinos in Spain and to coordinate their efforts. Jose Rizal was this movement's most brilliant figure and his writings had a wide impact in the Philippines. Del Pilar joined the Masonic Order in Spain in 1889, one of the first Filipinos initiated into the mysteries of Masonry in Europe. Goals:

1.        Representation of the Philippines in the Cortes Generales, the Spanish parliament; 2.         Secularization of the clergy;
3.        Legalization of Spanish and Filipino equality; 4.       Creation of a public school system independent of the friars; 5.       Abolition of the polo (labor service) and vandala (forced sale of local products to the government); 6.           Guarantee of basic freedoms of speech and association; 7.        Equal opportunity for Filipinos and Spanish to enter government service; 8.          Recognition of the Philippines as a province of Spain; 9.       Secularization of Philippine parishes;

10.      Recognition of human rights.
11.       Many Filipinos took refuge...
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