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  1. says:

    Let it be known This is the best book on Philippine History I have ever read It ought to be a basic text taken up by any serious student of history Although not forced upon a student not interested in history at all for such readers I recommend Ambeth Ocampo Your experience of Philippine History and Philippine Contemporary News actually is not truly complete unless you've digested a number of key points about the study of history raised here by Nick Joauin Not every chapter is as important as the rest but Culture and History A Heritage of Smallness and its companion piece at the very end of the book are absolute must readsMore details later the book is currently in storage as I'm moving to a new city RE de Leon1144 PM 6 January 2011Agoo La Union Philippines


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    Not every essay Nick Joauín wrote is agreeable but his arguments are thoughtful if not thought provoking and the ways he phrased them are a display of skill and intelligence He argued that the pre Hispanic civilization in the Philippine islands are not too far advanced compared to China and India He called it a heritage of smallness the Filipino works best on a small scale and by implication is unable to commit to big projects hence our ancestors built small boats balangay They also choose to work in soft easy materials like clay molten metal and tree bark According to him our artifacts show that they did not develop to the next level our pottery not as advanced as the Chinese porcelain In contrast the arrival of the Spanish brought advancements in technology that led to cultural progress Joauín is often accused of being a Hispanophile He is a Hispanophile His writings offer a reckoning of the Filipino in terms of colonial influences and the way diverse identities blended to produce the imprints of a culture and history


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    This was my output for school so just an amateur attempt of summarizationas always I was not forced to publish this as a form of compliance to the course subject but I just wanted to post it here so that it will not go to waste after submission I apologize for the incorrect grammar and uses English is not really my first language nor did I have fluency in my firstPrécis Culture and History by Nick Joauin view spoilerIn his provoking 1988 essay Culture and History Nick Joauin conveyed the impression that Filipinos cannot attempt to repudiate concepts beliefs and overall influence that was parted to them by other countries with the intention of restoring their identity to its “original” state The reason behind his judgement is that there is a great extent by which the things that Filipino folks are practicing and utilizing today was brought about by the foreign ascendancy Joauin developed rationalized and disseminated this postulation with the use of his appended information about the inventions and spiceswhich was introduced by the Spaniards as it caused a substantial contribution to the creation of culture and tradition created by the Filipinos; by wanting to altogether delete the foreign impacts people are implying to consciously or unconsciously destroy their so called present form of being Like a set of building blocks removing the foundation will obliterate the holistic structure of what depicts the entirety of the group Filipinos by nature and by what sets them apart from other factions Generally identity is a sustaining process wherein one picks up a variety of ideas to concoct and develop their selfhood; therefore in the simplest terms it was implied by Joauin that it was necessary for the Filipinos to use other’s influence because Philippines is a young developing country that is still testing waters One can use a sponge as a visual representation of the country absorbing surrounding edification excreting what will not be useful in its situation and still retaining slivers of past encounters by default was its traditions The aspiration of the writer by publishing his essay is to supply additional facts for his target audience which is his fellow Filipinos to reflect about customs and in order to decrease the debaters who were driven only by ignorance hide spoiler


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    This is not a history book but a book about history and cultureThe grand design of this collection is accentuating the noteworthy and the mainstream air of what we considered history in our classrooms become footnotes against it Published in 1988 this collection of essays came out with a subtitle Culture and History Occasional Notes on the Process of Philippine Becoming 1988 From that it is obvious what that is all about Nick Joauin heralded the unsung pieces of our culture that makes for history pieces albeit small and ordinary could tell a Filipino that she recognizes something as part of The Filipino Thus the national identity that may seem so elusive to this day was brought to the front in this collection yet with enough wit and style to get you through the entire bookJoauin debunked the myth that all that the Spaniards brought to the Pearl of the Orient are evil and that our pre Hispanic forefathers were the real Filipinos and should have left alone in peace just like the indigenous peoples in the mountains But culture as history proved otherwise since the Spaniards gave us the wheel and the plow the guisado the adobo etc Could we then say that the adobo the pan de sal are evil? And could the primeval forefathers have united the islands to a nation that we have today? Yet how come did the indigenous peoples across the country still remain as tribal communities? Is it a shying away from the big task of nation building? A laborious task that it took conuistadores people from the other side of the world to do the job for the island dwellers? Those were some of the strings of thoughts arguments and counterarguments that were brought to light that cast contrast to the drab seuence of events that we point to as history Joauin gave analysis to the events which were mostly Introductions and came out with flare with new perspective that all that were introduced to the people after 1521 were but ingredient to the process that makes the Filipino who she is today This is a great collection in its entirety full of insight about the Filipino Becoming I somehow lament that Joauin did not placed footnotes or a bibliography about his sources of facts that he referred to in each essay But he sure had all his claims backed by a huge amount of facts and observations of previous writers that it is difficult not to give in to his arguments This maybe due in part of his writing style as a journalist than being a scholar Perhaps by the great amount of effort of having those sources or by sheer talent and style of writing or by the conclusions and insights he presented I should say I like this book For people who are bored of Philippine history yet want to have another take on it this may be a refreshing read not to ignore And yet it is difficult to pass up finishing this collection of a great writer


  5. says:

    I officially love Nick Joauin


  6. says:

    A nation is not its politics or economics A nation is people And a nation changes only when the people changeThis book is not easy reading Not just because of the meaty subject matter perhaps THE ultimate subject what IS the Filipino? And how did history make him? but because the answers Nick Joauin posed will not sit well with a lot of idealistic patriots with romanticized notions of a glorious aboriginal culture He challenges the idea that the pre Hispanic Filipino and Philippines was culturally rich and points out weaknesses in the modern day Filipino most bluntly to the point of giving offense One should not read this book expecting to be comforted by visions of past greatness CULTURE AND HISTORY is a collection of fifteen essays written in various decades some from the 1960's but collected and first published in 1988 To be honest the book is so rich in material that each essay deserves its own review But for my future ailing memory's sake I shall stick to my usual social media friendly soundbyte style While some of the essays were critiues of artifact exhibits in Club Filipino and anthologies of essays on Philippine culture most were miniature historical treatises which seem intended for publication in newspaper or magazine form The word miniature is one I will forever associate with this book One of several controversial themes is his observation on the Filipino throughout history as having the habit of thinking poor and petty Is that the explanation for our continuing failure to rise that we aim small and try small that we think small and do small?Why are we as a people so disinclined to face up to challenges?We don't grow like a seed we split like an amoeba We make a confession of character whenever we split up a town or province to avoid having to cope with big problems and operations we are capable only of the smallNot everything is dark and dreary in the book The central theme is the use of cultural artifacts to inform us of history Culture is itself historyI was particularly fascinated with his essays on the beatas of Manila in the 1600's cryptomovements of protest and the apocalyptic Christian Socialist cult known as the Guardia de Honor of Pangasinan with their Apo Laki and their New Jerusalem in Cabaruan and Santa Ana Here were peasant revolts and feminist revolts pre dating the Philippine Revolution with the latter continuing up until the movement was taken down by the AmericansOne essay Our Hearts in the Highlands? tells of the time he and his friends went up to the Cordillera mountains in search of the noble natives uncorrupted by Western civilization and were disappointedThe journey in search of identity had ended not in the highlands but back home where the heart isThis book I think was written with that goal to provoke self examination for us to look inside and sift out the good along with the evils that our colonial past brought us and learn from that good For to deny any part of our history is to risk a fractured identityWhen an author whose father fought alongside Emilio Aguinaldo has lived through World War II and Martial Law writes thus one would do well to listen and reflect I take comfort in the ending phrase of the last essay with the same title as the book this nation in the making called the Philippines this identity in progress called the FilipinoThe revolution and our evolution are not yet finished


  7. says:

    For everyone asking who and what is a Filipino this book is a must read A brilliant analysis of Filipino culture vis a vis Philippine history Nick Joauin crushes the Filipino identity crises into ashes Misconceptions are reduced to mere illusions and out of the smoke arises the true blue Filipino created by the uniue circumstance called the Philippines Only by knowing his true self can the Filipino proceed towards nation building and embrace his destiny In the culture indeed lies our salvation as a nation


  8. says:

    Author Nick Joauin has been a discovery for me He wrote in prolific English that even surpassed in my opinion other native English authors His book gives much insight on what the Spanish colonization has contributed to the Filipino culture and All I know about the Philippines is what I reluctantly learned from Gregorio Zaide's high school textbook This a much h needed info of why we are what we are now as the Filipino Great read


  9. says:

    Others may deplore your bad thinking process but if you say all these times you have been reading Nick Joauin thoughtfully rest in the thought that it's still an honor being deplored in this manner


  10. says:

    Offers a superb and enlightening insights on Filipino identity history and culture It is a pity that this work has no citations or bibliography for further reading enjoyment A good starter for students of history


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Nick Joauin said Jose Garcia Villa is “the only Filipino writer with a real imagination the imagination of power and d. This was my output for school so just an amateur attempt of summarizationas always I was not forced to publish this as a form of compliance to the course subject but I just wanted to post it here so that it will not go to waste after submission I apologize for the incorrect grammar and uses English is not really my first language nor did I have fluency in my firstPrécis Culture and History by Nick Joauin view spoilerIn his provoking 1988 essay Culture and History Nick Joauin conveyed the impression that Filipinos cannot attempt to repudiate concepts beliefs and overall influence that was parted to them by other countries with the intention of restoring their identity to its “original” state The reason behind his judgement is that there is a great extent by which the things that Filipino folks are practicing and utilizing today was brought about by the foreign ascendancy Joauin developed rationalized and disseminated this postulation with the use of his appended information about the inventions and spiceswhich was introduced by the Spaniards as it caused a substantial contribution to the creation of culture and tradition created by the Filipinos; by wanting to altogether delete the foreign impacts people are implying to consciously or unconsciously destroy their so called present form of being Like a set of building blocks removing the foundation will obliterate the holistic structure of what depicts the entirety of the group Filipinos by nature and by what sets them apart from other factions Generally identity is a sustaining process wherein one picks up a variety of ideas to concoct and develop their selfhood; therefore in the simplest terms it was implied by Joauin that it was necessary for the Filipinos to use other’s influence because Philippines is a young developing country that is still testing waters One can use a sponge as a visual representation of the country absorbing surrounding edification excreting what will not be useful in its situation and still retaining slivers of past encounters by default was its traditions The aspiration of the writer by publishing his essay is to supply additional facts for his target audience which is his fellow Filipinos to reflect about customs and in order to decrease the debaters who were driven only by ignorance hide spoiler

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Epth and great metaphysical seeing and which knows how to express itself in great language who writes poetry and who rev. A nation is not its politics or economics A nation is people And a nation changes only when the people changeThis book is not easy reading Not just because of the meaty subject matter perhaps THE ultimate subject what IS the Filipino And how did history make him but because the answers Nick Joauin posed will not sit well with a lot of idealistic patriots with romanticized notions of a glorious aboriginal culture He challenges the idea that the pre Hispanic Filipino and Philippines was culturally rich and points out weaknesses in the modern day Filipino most bluntly to the point of giving offense One should not read this book expecting to be comforted by visions of past greatness CULTURE AND HISTORY is a collection of fifteen essays written in various decades some from the 1960's but collected and first published in 1988 To be honest the book is so rich in material that each essay deserves its own review But for my future ailing memory's sake I shall stick to my usual social media friendly soundbyte style While some of the essays were critiues of artifact exhibits in Club Filipino and anthologies of essays on Philippine culture most were miniature historical treatises which seem intended for publication in newspaper or magazine form The word miniature is one I will forever associate with this book One of several controversial themes is his observation on the Filipino throughout history as having the habit of thinking poor and petty Is that the explanation for our continuing failure to rise that we aim small and try small that we think small and do smallWhy are we as a people so disinclined to face up to challengesWe don't grow like a seed we split like an amoeba We make a confession of character whenever we split up a town or province to avoid having to cope with big problems and operations we are capable only of the smallNot everything is dark and dreary in the book The central theme is the use of cultural artifacts to inform us of history Culture is itself historyI was particularly fascinated with his essays on the beatas of Manila in the 1600's cryptomovements of protest and the apocalyptic Christian Socialist cult known as the Guardia de Honor of Pangasinan with their Apo Laki and their New Jerusalem in Cabaruan and Santa Ana Here were peasant revolts and feminist revolts pre dating the Philippine Revolution with the latter continuing up until the movement was taken down by the AmericansOne essay Our Hearts in the Highlands tells of the time he and his friends went up to the Cordillera mountains in search of the noble natives uncorrupted by Western civilization and were disappointedThe journey in search of identity had ended not in the highlands but back home where the heart isThis book I think was written with that goal to provoke self examination for us to look inside and sift out the good along with the evils that our colonial past brought us and learn from that good For to deny any part of our history is to risk a fractured identityWhen an author whose father fought alongside Emilio Aguinaldo has lived through World War II and Martial Law writes thus one would do well to listen and reflect I take comfort in the ending phrase of the last essay with the same title as the book this nation in the making called the Philippines this identity in progress called the FilipinoThe revolution and our evolution are not yet finished

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Eals behind his writings a genuine first rate mind” Reprinted in 2004 by Anvil with illustrations by Beaulah P Taguiwa. Others may deplore your bad thinking process but if you say all these times you have been reading Nick Joauin thoughtfully rest in the thought that it's still an honor being deplored in this manner

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