Philippine History (UM)
Authors: Deanna Febra Gillera Cantal, Roen Caesar S. Cardinal, Lindsey C. Espino, Maribeth Quezon Galindo
Many students may think that its irrelevant to study Philippine history subject since they could not change the past nor they have not seen the relevance
subject itself and its relation to the course that they take up. Others may think that a boring subject full of memorization with dates, places, persons, events and others. Thus, this kind of perception may be placed in the context of students experiences on how they think, they look and they feel about the subject.
A glimpse that Philippines was controlled by foreign colonizers for almost 400 years that during colonization period Filipinos were not taught their own history but rather they were taught the history of colonizers WHILE they were in our country and seemingly, Filipinos were trained like a parrot which resulted students less understanding and less appreciation of our own history.
Hopefully, as students explore the history of the Philippines, they may see the fact that as a true blooded Filipinos, the fact that every generation was and will always be a product of History, Philippine history is still and will always be a relevant subject :1 regardless of what course a student takes up. Students may realize whatever mistakes 1 in the past are, the present generation may not repeat it and the future generation will be freed from the bondage of ignorance, tyranny and slavery. Students may develop a deep sense of commitment to serve God and love our country.
Likewise, this textbook, may challenge new breed of historians and history teachers to go beyond dates, places, persons, events etc. Teaching the how's and why's of historical events will train students to be analytical and critical minded individual. Further, teachers may have seen the importance of contextualization so that students may have developed a deeper understanding of their origins, interpret historical events in a broader perspective and develop in them to be actively involved in non-violent; manner to any issues which have affected Filipino lives.