Metro Manila (NCS Philippines, April 8) — Spanish missionaries launched Christianity to the Philippines 500 years in the past, and the faith has since modified many features of Filipinos’ lives, together with the definition of a family, a Church historian stated Thursday.

“When Christianity came, the fuzzy boundaries of what the family was, were defined. And that is what we have now – sa labas at iyong nasa loob (legitimate and illegitimate family),” Dr. Paul Dumol, who’s a full professor at the University of Asia and the Pacific’s Department of History, informed NCS Philippines’ New Day.

Prior to the Spanish colonization interval, there was no restriction on what number of ladies a person can have a relationship with, Dr. Dumol stated. At the time, a Filipino man had one official spouse, but additionally “had access” to different ladies, who’re “almost certainly” his family, he added, noting all of them lived underneath the similar roof.

“In my research about the pre-Hispanic family, the family was not defined by parents but rather by the male, the father, and it did not matter how many women he had because the family was his progeny,” Dumol defined.

Historic significance

Before Christianity, Dumol stated there have been no municipalities or cities, solely villages and every of them was inhabited by people who find themselves associated to at least one one other.

But in the technique of evangelizing Filipinos, missionaries grouped collectively villages, which they later referred to as pueblos and are actually often called municipalities or cities, he defined.

“Pueblo is the first community — where you have various families interacting with each other,” Dumol stated, including missionaries had based round 850 to 900 pueblos.

He additionally believed one other significance of Christianity is its profitable marketing campaign in opposition to abuses throughout the Spanish colonial rule by what was referred to as the Synod of Manila, which began in 1582. Discussions of the meeting of church leaders, non secular individuals and most outstanding members of the communities included the educating of catechism in the native dialect and the declaration of human rights of each native Christians and non-Christians, in line with a post on the Manila Cathedral’s web site. 

“This campaign of the synod, which was led by missionaries — mostly Augustinians and Franciscans — was so successful that to them I trace the concept of hustisya or katarungan (justice) that we have in the Philippines,” he added.

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