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Juan de Plasencia Fray Juan was born to the illustrious family of the Portocarreros in Plasencia in the region of Extremadura, Spain in the early 16 th century His father, Don Pedro Portocarrero, was a captain of a Spanish schooner, who died in Naples, Italy in 1547. Juan de Plasencia died in Liliw, Laguna in 1590 He 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, Antipolo, Taytay, and Meycauayan. As a friar, Juan de Plasencia lived up to his pledge, leading a lifestyle devoid of any luxury and in constant contact 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 a useful citizens”, an initiative that was approved by Domingo de Salazar, the first Bishop of the See of Manila (1512-1594) CUSTOMS OF THE TAGALOGS It was written on the year 1589 during the Spanish Colonial Period. After receiving the Lordship’s
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