Yes, I’m part of the EU. I love Ambassador Manalo to bits! I’m also a proud student of Fernando Zialcita, and also have been under the wing of other notable Ateneans who have shaped my identity and have pushed me to preserve Filipino culture.
I must be more careful with my words. Thank you for reminding me that!
No worries friend! None at all.
By the way, if I may give my humble opinion on professors. Learn everything you can from Zialcita. Really.
He’s likely our finest anthropologist alive today, and one of the keener minds as well when it comes to analyzing our history and understanding our culture. He applies modern techniques, but remains relatively bias free. A unique combination in Philippine historiography. His collection of essays on Filipino identity is fascinating and engrossing stuff, not to mention his work on Philippine architecture. I’ve posted a few lines of his in the past. One of the more relevant to my area is:
The claim that all Spanish influence is evil injures our sense of national identity. So likewise is the notion that Filipinos lost their culture and ended up as mere copycats. Almost anything with a Spanish name is now suspect as being non-Filipino even if it is original…
On the other hand, despite the value placed on the indigenous, few seem to bother to read the voluminous anthropological ethnographies on our brothers and sisters in the non-Hispanized parts of the Philippines during the early part of the twentieth century, or the detailed accounts by the early European travellers on sixteenth-century Philippine societies…As a result they fail to realize how strong and persistent indigenous ways are even in the lowlands, and that these modify the foreign.
Of this, he is an extension, or one of the modern day banner carriers, of the type of work on identity that Nick Joaquin has done, and Alejandro Roces did with regards to fiestas and folk customs. For Roces, the fiesta took primacy as the repository of Philippine history and culture. Writ on those events was the story of the Philippines and the process that we underwent in becoming Filipino. It is why, with regards to the Moriones mask, he wrote that even if you strip away the mask of the Moriones to get at the indigenous heart of the fiesta, you will still find the Filipino as you know him today.
For Nick Joaquin, he turned his eye towards Philippine culture and history on the whole. Though, his more informative work was his study on the heroes of the Revolution. Though, I do say that his Culture and History stands along side A Question of Heroes.
There are sadly a select few broader anthropologists and historians today who take this type of integrative approach to Philippine history.
And Ambassador Manalo? One of the quickest wits around. And a woman who has done much for the Philippines. Formidable I do believe.