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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Filipino Philosophers Part 1

Ian Mallari
Blog Part 1

Filipino Philosophers

As a student who is half Filipino, I was very interested to learn more about the Philosophy in the Philippines, as well as some of their famous Philosophers. So for my Final Blog, I will talk about famous Philosophers and their contribution to the Filipino Philosophy. 

(My Story: My father was raised in the Philippines, and moved to the United States when he was eighteen. He completed college, met and married my mother, who is Caucasian, and the next thing you know...here I am! I have never traveled to the Philippines, however, I hope to be able to visit.) 

One of the more famous Filipino Philosophers was Apolinario Mabini. 

Facts: Born in 1864.
         : Lived in Talaga, Philippines.
         : Died in 1903

Mabini was a Filipino Philosopher who avoided his mother's wishes for his life. Wanting her son to become a Priest, his mother found it diffucult to accept that he was more interested in defending the poor. Mabini decided to study Law, and became the Philippines first Prime Minister. His Philosophy was that of Politics, and he liked to focus on these main topics:

  • Infusion of liberal ideas from Europe to the Philippines
  • Increased Education
  • Religious Schism which resulted in the establishment of the Filipino National Church
According to Mabini, "All men have been given life by God...to preserve and employ in terms of a preordained mission, which is to proclaim God's glory in doing what is good and just." His firm belief in being fair, and acknowledging God in all his work, led many people to want him out of office. 

His fight for the Philippines to have independence led America to side against him, removing him from office. His death came at the young age of 38, to a virus of the small intestine called Cholera. His importance to the Filipino culture, however, was not lost. His influence led to shrines in his name, four Philippine municipalities, The Mabini Academy, as well as multiple bridges and roads. 

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