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During 1981, One laborer in Southern Part of Mindanao particularly in Surigao accidentally found Philippines Ancestor's Gold. They said these golds was created during the 10th-13th Century.
They are currently showing these found golds in Ayala Museum in Makati City, Philippines
The Philippines has long been regarded as an interesting sideshow in Southeast Asia. A former colony of Spain, then the United States, it seems to have more in common with Latin America than with its Asian neighbors. There are few existing written records of its precolonial history and culture. It has no temples like Indonesia's Borobodur or Cambodia's Angkor Wat to indicate what civilizations existed on the 7,107 islands before their Western conquest. Artifacts on display at the National Museum and at the Central Bank Museum in Manila offer clues as to the islands' original inhabitants, but the available scholarship leaves too many questions unanswered. More than a century after the Philippines became an independent republic, the debate over the Filipino identity continues.
“Gold of Ancestors: Pre-Colonial Treasures in the Philippines”, written by Dr Florina H. Capistrano-Baker: “A magnificent gold halter…weighing almost four kilograms, is believed by some to be an upavita, or sacred thread. In traditional Hindu society, only members of the elite Brahmin class were entitled to wear an upavita after a purification ritual.”
This is just a picture of how they believe our ancestors used this Upavita (Sacred Thread)
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs740.ash1/163200_486652703569_370968203569_5878024_5699100_n .jpg (broken link)
The golden sash..
Here are some of the Gold that was found during 1981
This Kinnari was found (It's a Mythical Bird for Hindu/Buddist)
A Golden Bowl
Hindu influences can be seen all over Southeast Asia, but the exhibit raises the burning question: who made these objects? Were they created by the inhabitants of the islands now known as the Philippines, or were they brought in by foreign traders? "The answer is, 'We don't know'," says Florina H. Capistrano-Baker, curator in charge of the exhibition. "One of the reasons the collection is so important is that it provides a large body of works for comparative study with similar objects from Southeast Asia, such as those found in Oc-Eo in Vietnam and the Wonoboyo hoard in Indonesia. We assume that they are locally made until proven otherwise."
To be sure, gold is abundant in the Philippines. When Spanish conquistadors first arrived in the islands, they noted that the natives were bedecked in gold ornaments from head to foot. According to colonial accounts, the Filipinos were so knowledgeable about gold that even children could accurately determine the purity of gold alloys. There was also a sophisticated vocabulary for gold and indigenous goldsmithing techniques, as recorded in the 16th-century Tagalog-language dictionary collated by Pedro de San Buenaventura. Another argument for local manufacture centers on a pair of gold "lingling-o," omega-shaped ornaments, featured in the exhibit. These ornaments, found in many Southeast Asian cultures, were long believed to have been manufactured in Vietnam. But the recent discovery by the archeologist Peter Bellwood of a lingling-o workshop with tools and fragments in the northern Philippine province of Batanes indicates that such ornaments were manufactured there some 2,500 years ago.
Still, the artifacts on display reveal plenty of other influences. Capistrano-Baker surmises that whoever made them was exposed to Hindu beliefs. Furthermore, "We can assume that there was social stratification, with sufficient food supply and surplus resources to support craft specialization," she says. "The patrons appear to have enjoyed great power and access to resources."
Where have the objects been hiding all these years? They were collected by the family of the late National Artist and architect Leandro Locsin, which for decades has funded archeological expeditions and research into the islands' past. Reluctant to flaunt gold in a country where most of the population lives in poverty, the Locsins have been sitting on the collection for 25 years, waiting for the right conditions to publicly exhibit it. They finally got the chance when the Zobel de Ayala family inaugurated the new Ayala Museum in 2004, providing an appropriate facility to house the collection. "This exhibition is not about present-day personalities and egos," says a representative of the Locsin family. "It's about our national patrimony and what it can tell us about who we are as Filipinos. The primary concern is its enlightened stewardship: ensuring that this knowledge develops in our people's consciousness in a manner that is sustainable, secure and relatively free from possible manipulation."
Scholars have long considered Filipino culture marginal in comparison with the better-known Funan, Angkor, Srivijaya and Madjapahit cultures of Southeast Asia. The "Gold of Ancestors" exhibit suggests that the islands may have played a larger role in regional affairs than previously thought. John Miksic of the National University of Singapore, an authority on Southeast Asian prehistory, has said that this collection represents the single most valuable tangible heritage of the Philippines. It may shine a light on the continuing discussion of Philippine cultural identity. To paraphrase that famous fictitious archeologist Indiana Jones, it belongs in a museum. Art Exhibit: Philippines' 'Gold of Ancestors' - The Daily Beast
The Golden Belt
This is the Gold "Upavita" (Sacred Thread) Found in Philippines (1981)
The character of Hara Linayen, played by Ayen Munji-Laurel, wears an extravagant golden crown inspired by the “Ancestors of Gold” exhibit at the Ayala Museum. iGMA.tv
In fact, few Filipinos know that even before the Spanish colonized the country, the Philippines had a strong tradition of gold craftsmanship. Some accounts by colonizers even described ancient Filipinos as adorned in gold. They said that all the golds they found is somewhat similar to "Java Indonesia" based from the face of Kinnari (Mythical Golden Bird) & Upavita (Gold Sacred Thread).
This one trully exist then due to this found golds through the illustration with their jewelries.
From the BODEX CODEX (a manuscript written around 1595 they illustrate how they look like
before the colonization period)
A page from the Boxer Codex. Left, is a general from the Rajahnate of Butuan and to the right is a princess of Tondo.
A Tagalog couple of the Maharlika nobility caste depicted in the Boxer Codex of the 16th Century.
In order to understand the Filipino identity it is necessary to describe it in terms of the following areas: geographical identity, racial identity and cultural identity. But first and foremost, Filipino is a term used to refer to people living in the Philippines who were born there or acquired their Philippine citizenship. It likewise means someone who can trace in his family tree a "Philippine Connection" - someone who was Filipino or born of Filipino parent/s.
GEOGRAPHICAL IDENTITY:Some people question the Filipinos' being Asians. Maybe because when people hear the word Asian they always think of Japanese, Chinese and Korean. To settle this, it is essential to know what "Asian" really means. Asian is most commonly used as a term to refer to people coming from or living in Asia. That being said, the Philippines is geographically located in Southeast Asia, thus its inhabitants or people of its origins are ASIANS.
In addition, the Philippine Islands, just like Japan, is located in the western side of the Oceania or the Pacific Ocean. Thus those who think that they are PACIFIC ISLANDERS are likewise correct.
ETHNIC/RACIAL IDENTITY: The Filipino of modern times is a mlange of racial blood. They maybe a combination of the following races: Malay, Indonesian, Chinese, Spanish, American, and British among others.
One of the first inhabitants of the archipelago were the Itas/Agtas/Aetas. They closely resemble the aboriginals in Australia. They are small in stature, have dark skin and kinky hair. Then there are also the Malays and Indons who sailed from nearby islands either for trading or migratory purposes. The Chinese were likewise active traders in this part of Asia even prior to the arrival of the Spaniards.
The finding and naming of the archipelago by Spanish conquistadors and their eventual colonization which lasted for more than 300 years has led to inter-racial marriages. And then the Americans followed suit, and now the modern inter-racial marriages.
This is the primary reasons why non-Filipinos or those who are or were not exposed to Filipinos sometimes find it hard to distinguish them from other races. Some look Chinese, some have western physical characteristics, some closely resemble Indonesians or Malays, and others are just in between. But funny enough, a Filipino knows a fellow Filipino regardless of their physical characteristics. You may look very Chinese, but they will still know if you're Filipino...
CULTURAL IDENTITY: Just like race, Filipino culture is vast. It is made up of various ethno-linguistic cultural practices and norms. To describe it, one needs to know the different regions in the Philippines and their respective cultures. However all of these different cultures have similarities. Thus, it is safe to describe it using these similarities as springboards.
FAMILY: The family is not only the basic unit of society in the Philippines. It is first and foremost the center of society and culture. Filipinos are very family oriented. And when you say family, it does not only mean their immediate family; it likewise includes the extended family either through consanguinity or by marriage.
RELIGION: Pre-colonial Filipinos were mostly animist and some were Muslims, since Muslim missionaries came to the islands prior to the Spaniards. Currently, the Philippines is predominantly Catholic. Filipinos are generally religious regardless of what faith they are practicing.
LANGUAGE: The national language in the Philippines is Filipino (Tagalog). Almost all Filipino can speak and read the language. However, different regions in the country have their own language, which is their langue maternelle or what is commonly called as lingua franca. There are a number of regional languages in the Philippines namely but not limited to: Kapampangan, Tagalog (the basis of the national language), Ilocano, Visayan, Pangasinan, Hiligaynon, and others.
Spanish was one of the official language during Spain Colonization till 1987, but just recently 2010, the Philippines & Spain are now reintroduce the Spanish Language to public schools which is voluntary unlike during the colonial period. English is now widely spoken in school and our communication since American colonized Philippines.
TRAITS: Filipinos are caring, loving and respectful. They are very understanding and accommodating. They value pakikisama(Dealing), utang na loob (Debt of Gratitude), at pakikipagkapwa tao (Interpersonal Relationship). They are a happy people, humorous one would say. They are not afraid of laughing at themselves (although sometimes it gets too much!), their mistakes even the trials they experience in their lives. For them there is always a "pot of gold at the end of the rainbow".
El Instituto Cervantes de Manila, Filipinas, celebra El Día E, la fiesta de todos los que hablamos español.
Re-Introducing the Spanish Language in the Philippines.
They read the poem of our National Hero that he wrote in Spanish
Mi Ultimo Adiós
Adios, Patria adorada, region del sol querida,
Perla del Mar de Oriente, nuestro perdido Eden!
A darte voy alegre la triste mustia vida,
Y fuera más brillante más fresca, más florida,
Tambien por tí la diera, la diera por tu bien.
En campos de batalla, luchando con delirio
Otros te dan sus vidas sin dudas, sin pesar;
El sitio nada importa, ciprés, laurel ó lirio,
Cadalso ó campo abierto, combate ó cruel martirio,
Lo mismo es si lo piden la patria y el hogar.
Yo muero cuando veo que el cielo se colora
Y al fin anuncia el día trás lóbrego capuz;
Si grana necesitas para teñir tu aurora,
Vierte la sangre mía, derrámala en buen hora
Y dórela un reflejo de su naciente luz.
Mis sueños cuando apenas muchacho adolescente,
Mis sueños cuando joven ya lleno de vigor,
Fueron el verte un día, joya del mar de oriente
Secos los negros ojos, alta la tersa frente,
Sin ceño, sin arrugas, sin manchas de rubor.
Ensueño de mi vida, mi ardiente vivo anhelo,
Salud te grita el alma que pronto va á partir!
Salud! ah que es hermoso caer por darte vuelo,
Morir por darte vida, morir bajo tu cielo,
Y en tu encantada tierra la eternidad dormir.
Si sobre mi sepulcro vieres brotar un dia
Entre la espesa yerba sencilla, humilde flor,
Acércala a tus labios y besa al alma mía,
Y sienta yo en mi frente bajo la tumba fría
De tu ternura el soplo, de tu hálito el calor.
Deja á la luna verme con luz tranquila y suave;
Deja que el alba envíe su resplandor fugaz,
Deja gemir al viento con su murmullo grave,
Y si desciende y posa sobre mi cruz un ave
Deja que el ave entone su cantico de paz.
Deja que el sol ardiendo las lluvias evapore
Y al cielo tornen puras con mi clamor en pos,
Deja que un sér amigo mi fin temprano llore
Y en las serenas tardes cuando por mi alguien ore
Ora tambien, Oh Patria, por mi descanso á Dios!
Ora por todos cuantos murieron sin ventura,
Por cuantos padecieron tormentos sin igual,
Por nuestras pobres madres que gimen su amargura;
Por huérfanos y viudas, por presos en tortura
Y ora por tí que veas tu redencion final.
Y cuando en noche oscura se envuelva el cementerio
Y solos sólo muertos queden velando allí,
No turbes su reposo, no turbes el misterio
Tal vez acordes oigas de citara ó salterio,
Soy yo, querida Patria, yo que te canto á ti.
Y cuando ya mi tumba de todos olvidada
No tenga cruz ni piedra que marquen su lugar,
Deja que la are el hombre, la esparza con la azada,
Y mis cenizas antes que vuelvan á la nada,
El polvo de tu alfombra que vayan á formar.
Entonces nada importa me pongas en olvido,
Tu atmósfera, tu espacio, tus valles cruzaré,
Vibrante y limpia nota seré para tu oido,
Aroma, luz, colores, rumor, canto, gemido
Constante repitiendo la esencia de mi fé.
Mi Patria idolatrada, dolor de mis dolores,
Querida Filipinas, oye el postrer adios.
Ahi te dejo todo, mis padres, mis amores.
Voy donde no hay esclavos, verdugos ni opresores,
Donde la fé no mata, donde el que reyna es Dios.
Adios, padres y hermanos, trozos del alma mía,
Amigos de la infancia en el perdido hogar,
Dad gracias que descanso del fatigoso día;
Adios, dulce extrangera, mi amiga, mi alegria,
Adios, queridos séres morir es descansar.
Here are some Filipinos who starting to learn to speak spanish
Lea Salonga [Disney Legend (Singing voice of Jasmine & Mulan), Famous Broadway Artist)
http://artists.ml-cdn.com/large/6899/lea-salonga-Filipino-singer-Lea-Salonga-poses-with-a-whistle-on-hunger-du-105472566.jpg (broken link)
Shay Mitchell [Lea Salonga's 2nd cousin, Cast of US TV series Pretty Little Liars]
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AQWcMXy6mMI/ThRrXbC3gpI/AAAAAAAAAGo/SGFefdwL114/s1600/shay-mitchell-pantene-nature-fusion-300x300.jpg (broken link)
Arnel Pineda [Lead Singer of American Rock Band The Journey]
Apl.de.Ap [member of Black Eyed Peas band]
Anna Perez de Tagle [Related to Isabel Preysler to the Perez de Tagle]
http://www.nylocalnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/darren-criss-1.jpg (broken link)
http://www.celebritiesnews.info/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Victoria_Recano.jpg (broken link)
Nicole Scherzinger (Real Dad Filipino w/ Valiente Surname)
Enrique Iglesias [not everyone knows he has Filipino Roots from her mom]
you can never guess that Steve R. McQueen from Vampire Diaries got Filipino Connection lol through his Grandmother named Ruby Neilam Salvador 'Neile' Adams is a Filipino-Mestizo born in Philippines, His dad is american actor too named Chad McQueen son of Neile Adams & Steve McQueen, Steve R. McQueen is related to Lou Salvador and he is related to Philippine Actresses Maja, Jobelle and other famous Salvador in Philippine Cinema.
Lisa Macuja Elizalde [Prima Ballerina]
http://artistswelfare.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/lisa_macuja.jpg (broken link)
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