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by JUAN DE PLASENCIACUSTOMS OF THE TAGALOGSFray Juan was born to the illustrious family of the Portocarreros in Plasencia in the region of Extremadura, Spain in the early 16th century.His father, Don Pedro Portocarrero, was a captain of a Spanish schooner, who died in Naples, Italy in 1574Juan de Plasencia died in Liliw, Laguna in 1590JUAN DE PLASENCIABACKGROUND OF THE AUTHORImportant DataHe is believed to have arrived to the Philippines in 1578, after a stopover in Mexico. As soon as he arrived, he joined forces with another missionary, Fray Diego de Oropesa, and they both started preaching around Laguna de Bay and Tayabas, Quezon, in Quezon Province, where he founded several towns.During the following years they are also credited with the foundation of a large number of towns in the provinces of Bulacan, Laguna and Rizal, such as Tayabas, Caliraya, Lucban, Mahjayjay, Nagcarlan, Lilio(Liliw), Pila, Santa Cruz, Lumban, Pangil, Siniloan, Morong, Antipolo, Taytay, and Meycauayan.As a friar, Juan de Plasencia lived up to his pledge, leading a lifestyle devoid of any luxury and in constantcontact with the people he was trying to convert to Christianity.He was also known to be a defender of the native population, looking after the poor, ill, or neglected, and standing up for their rights on numerous occasions.He was also very keen on creating primary schools, and requested official sanction for the creation of educational centers where "Filipinos could not only learn Christian doctrine, but also reading and writing, and some arts and crafts, so they would become after, not only good Christians but also useful citizens",
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