Escuela Catolica “Remnant of Spanish bigotry” according to Boljoon town website

Escuela Catolica where children were taught how to read and write using the cartilla. Candidates for Holy Communion were also housed here for the whole of May to prepare them thoroughly in good manners, respect for elders, love of God, and the benefits of the sacraments. The building has a twin concrete staircase in front of the building, one for the boy communicants, the other for the girls

Escuela Catolica where children were taught how to read and write using the cartilla. Candidates for Holy Communion were also housed here for the whole of May to prepare them thoroughly in good manners, respect for elders, love of God, and the benefits of the sacraments. The building has a twin concrete staircase in front of the building, one for the boy communicants, the other for the girls

Still in Boljoon, what looks like an old mansion ia actually the old Augustinian school for the residents of Boljoon. Here boys and girls are indoctrinated in the teaching of the Catholic church.

I tried to get inside but it was locked. This elevated brown casa is right beside the church. A really an interesting structure. Its archuitecture is something that I’ve never seen before.

Its unfortunate that the official website of Boljoon describes the old learning institution as, “building which is the remnant of Spanish bigotry”, leyenda negra against even the most remarkable contributions of the missions are being attacked by the very people who runs the cultural office. These people should know better. The website continued, “ in this ESCUELA CATOLICA building.  At the early part of the American regime, the Augustinian parish priests in Boljoon intimidated the parishioners that parents who would send their children to the American school would be excommunicated.  Later, the Augustinians gradually relaxed their bigotry and the ESCUELA CATOLICA building was mainly to house candidates for the First Holy Communion from the upland barangays who have no families in the Poblacion”, this is factual since the Catholic Fathers was of course loyal to the traditions that they felt was effective, but the tide has changed by then that it was only a matter of time before the public schools of the Americanos would finally reorient all of us. Their reaction was to be expected, especially during the years of the American occupation. Just like the church’s opposition against introducing the novels of Rizal to school, such resistance would not be complied with since the church no longer have the political power it once had.

According to the municipal datos the town is almost exclusively Catholic, the “bigotry”, as the Boljoon website denotes “strained” the town to yield to the Catholic faith. It failed to conclude the obvious. That the Missionaries (Augustinians) produced this state of affair where it became a farming and fishing town capable of sustaining its own local government. The fact that the town has remained Catholic is important and merits historical consideration. It meant that it still is directly linked to its Catholic foundation. If we stripped the town of its customs and traditions which are fundamentally drawn from old Catholic practices, the town would cease to be the historic Boljoon that we know now.

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10 responses to “Escuela Catolica “Remnant of Spanish bigotry” according to Boljoon town website

  • Eleuterio Masera

    Mucho me temo que Filipinas seguirá siendo el patio trasero de la politica estadounidense en el Pacífico,,, la desinformación histórica con la que viven los filipinos de hoy en día es muy grande…
    Mucho me temo que si el “hijito” de “Cory” (una de las peores presidentes que ha tenido Filipinas) se acaba presentando a presidente el año que viene, no va a solucionar los problemas perentorios de nuestro país.
    La baja autoestima nacional, la nula conciencia y conocimiento político de la empobrecida población, el bajísimo nivel académico de la mayoría de la población, las promesas vacías que hará, el recuerdo de su madrecita, el apoyo de Mar Roxas conseguirán una nueva etapa igual o peor que la actual.

  • nold

    Its true that corruption and abuse took place during the Spanish era but a careful review of history would reveal that the Spanish government had acted to remove it but as history would also tell us, all of these reforms seems to have failed.

    Up until 1898, we were still under Spain, Aguinaldo’s declaration was just that, a declaration – but very few people know now that we had a nation divided. Aside from the divisions in the revolution itself, there were provinces and even military leaders that went back to Spain. The years that follow would determine the future of the young republic. In the crucial years of Aguinaldo’s campaign, the Americanos suddenly entered the picture. It was also during this momentous time that if only Aguinaldo had chosen to partner up with the then Governador General and some other Filipinos to join them and fight the Americanos things would have been very different. But Aguinaldo chose to buy the Americans sales pitch that Filipinas would be handed to him and his cronies. He was naive and he did accept the terms of the new masters.

    This would lead to what is probably the bloodiest war in our history, the Philippine American war. This American campaign resulted to deaths of what some scholars claim to be 1/4 of our population or even more, as some provinces has reported discrepancy in their census with half of their recorded residents missing.

    Rizal’s fears came true, we were not ready – sometimes you know, I feel that we’re still not ready to be free as we see a repeat of what has happened in the past, we abuse our freedoms and have seen how this so called ‘freedom’ is used to oppress our very own fellow Filipinos. Much of the problems we had then is still very much with us.

  • josé miguel

    We have to balance our history. The Spanish nation, filled with corruption in their own home ground had their struggles with it. It cannot be isolated. Corruption also affected their colonies including the Philippines.

    The Spaniards have already ceased their control of the Philippines when their generals surrendered to our generals in 1898. A new nation– Filipinas, was born. We were ready to start a new national life developing systems based on our own identity and situation peculiarly our own to benefit our own as well as responsive to the community of nations around us.

    But then, the Americans invaded us in 1899. This caused the death of 500,000 to 900,000 of us Filipinos. This caused the loss of our Malolos Constitution, Academia Militar and our defense system, our political and economic system and our culture. They destroyed what has been developed organically in us to replace it with an apparently Filipino system. But it was a corrupted version to destroy our national defensive character and become worshipping dependents of our invaders. We tried to resist Chinese invasion of our economy but the Americans protected them to weaken our potential to become independent.

    We Filipinos continued resisting their invasion. However, compared to the Spaniards, which some of us still keep on shadow chasing, the Americans and the Chinese still continue their invasion against us until today. This may not be apparent but it is still subtle and a historical fact. This struggle is very much real and unresolved today.

    All throughout the years of their invasion, the American political-economic-military status in their homeground steadily rose in its capacity bring benefits to them. While our own political-economic-military status steadily sunk into dependency and self-destruction. It produced one national leaders after another who collaborates with these invaders.

    So why does several Filipinos among us including the Boljoon town website still keep on assassinating the Spanish character when they have long been gone and now inviting us to be partners in building a community of Hispanic nations? Why do they glorify the Americans whose invasion still continues today together with their raping of our Filipinas with impunity, when such an invasion has not yet been resolved?

  • Pepe

    By the way, Arnaldo… did you experience any problem with WordPress (around 3:00 PM) today? I wrote something about it: http://filipinoscribbles.wordpress.com/2009/08/23/wordpress-connectivity-problem/

  • Pepe

    Tristemente, no tenemos más ninguna elección ¡Lo que necesitamos es una revolución sangriente!

  • nold

    We really cant blame these people because they’re product of an existing educational historiography system based on what men like Constantino and Agoncillo created. Not unless we switch to an education that would appreciate history as it is (not the one we have today that more like propaganda lectures aim to further political agenda) we would never, as people, be objective in our study of Philippine history. We would forever be in doubt of who we are and this state of mind is not something we would want the future generation to possess. Its like saying that what we’ve adopted as ours is evil because its foreign and that it is good to get rid of them – we have to accept that the changes that took place was our ancestors reaction to what was introduced to them and from it came our culture and history – there is nothing we can change but our minds, as we need to accept our heritage without attempting to edit our history. We need to overhaul the way history is being taught in the classroom!

  • Guillermo Gómez Rivera

    The Augustinians that threatened with excommunication those who would enrol in the neo-colonial public schools organized here were right. They new that the organization of such public schools to force English upon the unaware pupils was but a MILITARY STRATEGY of the invading U.S. WASP forces in 1898 and onward to neocolonize and impoverish the hapless Filipinos. The results can be seen today in the terrible corruption that characterises all levels of the present government. ALONGSIDE THAT CORRUPTION we see the poverty that crushes the majority of native Filipinos. The fact that 73% of the national budget has to be surrendered to U.S. WASP banks (WB and IMF) just goes to show how right the Augustinians were to resist those early “Public schools” run by sectarian Protestant elements, both stateside and the converted locals,. Today the Filipino is chained to foreign debt even long before he is born. This is the true slavery that the filipino has inherited form U.S.WASP colonization and compulsory English. There was no annihilating foreign debt during Spanish times. Every Filipino of today who defends compulsory English in our public schools should ask himself why the Americans did not make us a STATE of the US Union so that every Filipino, would be by now a US Citizen. People in Bojoon should stop using English, more so the Parish priest of the Boljoon Parish Church. Everything should be in Cebuano, and as Filipinos, to have Tagalog as the second language which is the language of Metro Manila where Cebuanos also come for greener pastures. English should be optional in all our High Schools and the Teaching of Optional English should be answered by the U.S. WASP institions. Cebuanos and Filipinos should learn the good and correct lesson from that old Augustininan Parish Priests. The bigots are those who today force English while keeping the vast majority of Filipinos poor and miserable. The bigots are those who force Filipinos to speak English in their own schools but DO NOT ACCEPT Filipinos as American Citizens. Gubot. Guihimo kita tanang mga bobo. Ggr.

    • roel diocampo orillo

      I still blame the bigotry of the roman catholicism! The Romanista propagandists are proud to proclaim that they are Christians, yet, their acts are not of Christians, and worse of evil. Look, who are these so-called corrupts in the government bureaucracy? They are proud and bigot Romanistas and they are graduates of Roman Catholic-run colleges and universities. Is taht what you are proud of. Shame to you… During the despotic Spanish rule, who were the oppressors and tyrrants? The damn and despotic Roman Catholic friars who pretended to be defenders of the faith! What faith? Evil and unchristian faith. As good Christians, we must tell the truth and criticise anything evil, even the Roman Catholic Church that we supposed to adhere. Reading the Philippine history, I found more and more wrongdoings of the Roman Church, than any good they had done to our poor and abused ancestors. If I was only born and of age during the Philippine Revolution, I am sure, I had never hesitated to kill all these abusive Roman Catholic friars. My ancestors were hapless victims of the bigotry of these so-called “representatives of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ”. … Shame to them and they may go to hell.

      • De AnDA

        @ Roel – you’re doing them, these “despotic Romanistas” a favor with your disrespectful commentary. Your sweeping statement coincides with your narrow minded point of view. Everyone is a victim of colonial prejudice, our nations greatest revolution revolted precisely because they suffered injustice. But this does not nullify the significant achievements of the “evil Friars”, if you’ve read history, even some hardline revolutionist recognizes this fact. We have to balance everything. We’ll just have to see it that way and learn from it, hate could be very dangerous – especially to your heart 🙂

  • Pepe

    I left a comment in Boljoon website’s guestbook.

    To say that the Escuela Católica is a “remnant of Spanish bigotry” is evidence enough on the poor state of Philippine historiology.

    That remark will not do any good service to the people of Boljoon nor does it provide good and accurate information.

    I pity this website.

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