the philippines

Both of my parents were born and raised in the Philippines and I am always excited to learn more about my heritage. The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country comprised of more than 7,000 islands. The official language is a dialect called Tagalog, which I can understand completely but am unable to fluently speak. During the 16th century, the Philippines was colonized by the Spaniards which explains why many Filipinos have Spanish sounding last names (for instance, my last name being de Ramos). During World War II the Philippines was then captured by the Japanese, which led to the infamous "Bataan Death March," resulting in the deaths of many prisoners. With the help of the US however the Philippines was freed. Now, after all that it has faced, it has become a more progressive, developed nation. This could not have been made possible had it not been for the many advocates who pushed for change. Though the Philippines is now a nation with beautiful tropical beaches and is a popular vacation destination, it has come a long way from where it first started.This gallery represents well known stories and some very pivotal moments in the history of my culture.

"When Lumawig Visited the Earthworld" is a famous Filipino folktale. In the folktale, it is said that Lumawig was a god among people. He provided for the people on Earth even though many doubted him. Like many folklores if people did not worship these deities, they would experience their wrath. However, if and when people decided to, they would experience their mercy and all the good these deities are able to bring. This piece exhibits the cultural folklores Filipinos shared among each other long ago. Many folklores like this have been passed down for centuries.
Here is an early depiction of what the Philippines looked like long ago, when the indigenous people first walked the land. This was when the native people then started settling and inhabiting the land. This piece is interesting because of how it displays the beginning of the Philippines. It highlights how the nation of the Philippines first came about.
In this piece there are angered natives gathering to rebel against the Spaniards. The resentment and resilience can be seen through their body language and the things they are holding. It also depicts what it must have been like before the Philippines were finally able to separate from Spain.
An extremely pivotal moment in Filipino history; gaining independence from Spain.
Jose Rizal was a Filipino Nationalist, extremely famous for being an advocate for change.
The political goal of this well known group was to separate the nation from Spain and gain complete independence.
This piece is interesting because it is known that Spain had conquered the Philippines for a long time before they gained their independence. Perhaps this depicts how a friendship could eventually be born out of the mutual dislike towards the other country.
Depicting various different works of art while under the occupation of the Japanese.
Douglas MacArthur helped freed the Philippines from Japanese control.
This diorama displays the return of General MacArthur, as he is planning to free the Filipino and American prisoners. General MacArthur is highly recognized in the Philippines as a hero because of his courage and selflessness to come back during the war. This piece reflects how resilient people fighting for freedom were.
This piece is perhaps one of the more captivating ones throughout the gallery. The artist responsible for this piece is named Pablo Baens Santos and he was a "major figure in the Social-Realist movement." Like most artists, he created art to bring awareness of the necessity for social change. There is pain and suffering present throughout this piece, perhaps reflecting the suffering within the nation.
Translated from Tagalog to English, this phrase means "Advocates of change"
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