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Custom of the TagalogsJuan de Plasencia
Born to the illustrious family of Portocarreros in Plasensia in the region of Extremadura, Spain in the early 16th century. He was one of the seven children of Pedro Portocarrero, a captain of a Spanish schooner.
Background of the AuthorJuan de Plasencia grew up during the period known as the Siglo de Oro, a Golden Age when arts and literature flourished in many parts of Spain, among them his native Extremadura.✣Fray Joan de Puerto Carrero, del convento deVillanueva de la Serena. Was his real name.
ARRIVAL IN THE PHILIPPINES✣Fray Juan de Plasencia came together with the first batch of Franciscan missionaries in the Philippines.✣Arrived at a port in Cavite, a few kilometers southof Manila on the 2nd of July 1578.
Purpose: Relacion de lasCostumbres and Instruccion✣To put an end to some injustices being committedagainst the natives by certain government officials.
“The chronicler, Francis enemies, and so I can hardly express the sadness I feel any time the news of such incidents reach my ears or I myself am involved; however, if one is to choose between enmity and friendship and between peace and war, I believe enmity is to be preferred. For considering the kind of persons most of the alcaldes mayores are nowadays, nothing indicates that friendship with them will help the missions in any way. On the contrary, it will destroy them. Because, as I have observed, you can hardly find one that is not blinded and moved by greediness, thus destroying his own soul as well as the lives and possessions of the poor Indians.”