History - Ana Katrina Gandionco G,TTH 4:30-6:00 A Taste of Filipino Past Amigo Amigo is the very first historical film of the Philippines Ive ever

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Ana Katrina Gandionco G,TTH, 4:30-6:00 A Taste of Filipino Past: Amigo Amigo is the very first historical film of the Philippines I’ve ever seen. I was surprised that an American director was able to produce such a film since the economic, religious, and political settings are very evident and it looks like the work of a fellow Filipino. It is such an informative film, and it shows where the modern Filipino gets his qualities from. The movie began when the Americans started occupying the villages, so the class structure among the Filipinos weren’t very evident. Although it was clear that Rafael, played by Joel Torre, was the person in charge because of the way he would try to stand up to the Americans, how the people would sometimes ask him what to do, and since they all voted for him for the first round of elections in the village. It was also mentioned in the movie that he was the owner of the land and the other people in the village were working for their harvest in his land. It was evident that the Americans felt superior to the Filipinos. Aside from the fact that they had guns, they saw the Filipinos as monkeys, talking down on them. It’s true that they were probably more intelligent and experienced than the Filipinos, but they treated them like savages. One part that I think was clear that they didn’t consider the welfare of the Philippines was when officer in charge of the whole operation scolded the officer in charge of the village for celebrating their “fiesta” when they should be teaching them to respect them. I felt like there was equality between men and women in the Filipino society. Women were working in the fields and doing household jobs. The men were the ones doing the heavy work like carpentry. During the election, only men were elected, but that was because of Americans. I did notice, however, that the decision-making was the task of the men. Using Rafael’s family as an example, his wife would ask him what to do at times, and whenever she would have a problem with the Americans, she would ask him to be the one to talk to them or
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she would ask the priest. Keeping in mind the Filipinos just got out of
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course HISTORY hi165 taught by Professor Na during the Spring '11 term at Ateneo de Manila University.

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