Early trade contacts of the philippines in ancient
EARLY TRADE CONTACTS OF THE PHILIPPINES IN ANCIENT TIMES Prepared by: JEAN CHRISTINE A. RAMOS BSTM 2Y2-3
THE ANCIENT FILIPINOS: the pre- colonial period• Long before the coming of the Spaniards, our Filipino ancestors had their own culture consisting of customs, social life, government, laws, writing, language, literature, music, religion, supers tition and sciences.• In 1891, Jose Rizal wrote the “Annotation of Morga’s Sucesos de las Islas Filipina”. The book included the original writings of Antonio de Morga, a 17th century historian and officer of Spain, and commentaries of Rizal on the author’s historical accounts. Rizal regarded Morga as the most credible historian of his time since his accounts include the earliest Spanish records on the Philippine islands. These were the records of Antonio Pigaffeta, the chronicler of Magellan, and Gaspar de San Agustin of the Legazpi expedition. Their accounts would give light to what culture the Filipinos had before colonization. A bold venture by Rizal to expose to the 19th century Filipinos that long before the arrival of the Spaniards, the Filipino ethnic culture had already existed. Some of the annotations of Rizal included Chinese accounts on the islands written from the 12th to the 16th century as part of the maritime records of their empire.
These following are some of the areas in Filipino ethnic culture that existed long before Spanish arrival: