CONTENT DATOS – the chief who governed the people and were captans in their wars whom they obey and reverence. BARANGAY – a family of parents and children, relations and slaves. This name arose from the fact that when they came to this land, the head of the barangay (boat) became a dato. THE THREE CASTES NOBLES - free born - maharlica - do not pay tax or tribute to the dato - accompany the dato in war COMMONERS - aliping namamahay - live in their own houses - Lords of their property and gold SLAVES - aliping sa guiguilir - serve their master in his house and on his cultivated lands - they may be sold Situation 1: Those who are maharlicas on both the father’s and mother’s side continue to be so forever, and if it happens that they should become slaves, it is through marriage. Situation 3: If maharlicas had children among their slaves, the children and their mothers became free. Situation 4: If maharlicas had children by the slave-woman of another , the slave-woman was compelled when pregnant, to give her master half of a gold tael. In this case, half of the child was free if the father (Maharlica) recognized him. If not, the child will become a whole slave.
Situation 5: If a free woman had children by a slave they were all free, provided he were not her husband. Situation 6: If two persons married, of whom one was a maharlica and the other a slave (namamahay or sa guiguilir) the children were divided. Odd birth order (1 st , 3 rd , 5 th ,…..) - belong to the father Even birth order (2 nd , 4 th , 6 th ,…..) - belong to the mother Only child - Half free, half slave Maharlicas could not after marriage move from one village to another without paying a certain fine in gold (ranging from one to three taels and a banquet to the entire barangay) as arranged among them.
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- Summer '18
- Juan de Plasencia