Nothing is more interesting than reading a highly detailed article full of useful information and footnotes especially when one is reading something about the Philippines which is rich with many historical events and influenced by various cultures.
This article is about the early Filipinos before the arrival of the Spaniards. It can be found in the book by Horacio De La Costa titled ‘Readings in Philippine History’. Horacio Luis de la Costa, SJ, was a very good historian particularly on the Philippine history and culture. In 1935, he graduated from Ateneo and entered the Jesuit Novitiate in Novaliches. He returned later to the Ateneo to teach philosophy and history and became known also as a writer and radio figure. He was awarded the Medal of Freedom in 1946 by the government of the United States for helping Americans from the Japanese prison camps. He received his doctoral degree in 1951 at Harvard University. He later became a teacher of history in Ateneo after two years and later on, he became the first Filipino dean. In 1969, he authored many books and articles, had roles on different organizations, and received many honors for his accomplishments. Fr. de La Costa dies of cancer in 1977.
The book was published in 1965 which was quite a long time ago. The article consists of fifteen pages and covers pages one up to fifteen divided into certain parts for the reader to avoid confusion. The parts in the beginning were all about how the early Filipinos were called (when the Spaniards arrived). It also talks about the clothing they used, the ornaments, up to the point on how women carry their children. It is not moot that early Filipinos go to the forest naked except their privities because before the arrival of the Spaniards, early Filipinos had no concept of European or modern clothing at that time and that is why they were also called ‘natives’.
The next part is how they treat people who were...