Filipino American Experience

FILIPINO AMERICAN EXPERIENCE [Book] Edited by Lorna Ignacio Dumapias

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By Lorna Ignacio Dumapias - Filipino American Experience (2010) - Paperback - First Edition

Coffe table book in landscape format with full-color cover & glossy pages.
Features: the complete biography of Helen Brown, by her son George and Royal Morales by his widow Anne Icamen-Morales.

FILIPINO AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

The Making Of A Historic Cultural Monument
Stories Collected and edited by Lorna Ignacio Dumapias

INTRODUCTION

Consisting of 7,107 islands and islets strewn off the coast of Asia, the Phillipines was named after Phillip II, who was the king of Spain during the Spanish colonization of the islands in the 16th century.  The national capitol is Manilla, whic is also the biggest city and is located on Luzon, the largest island.

Archaeological findings have shown that long before Ferdinand Magellen discovered the islands for the Western World in 1521, pre-historic tribes lived in the islands.  The Phillipines traded with China, Siam, India, Japan, and Sumatra, as shown by the cultural influences that became part of the Filipino traditions and way of life.

Spanish rule left its imprints, the deepest of which is the Catholic religion.

The humble beginning of what is now the Filipino Christian Church goes back to the turn of the 20th Century when Protestant Christianity was introduced in the Phillipines after the Americans defeated the Spanish in the Battle at Manilla Bay in 1898.  As a result of their victory, the United States acquired the Phillipines as its territoy.

American missionaries almost immediately were sent by their mission boards to the islands.  The Disciples of Christ missionaries arrived in 1902.  To hasten the evangelization of the islands, the mission boards decided to split the effort by denomination.  The Disciples of Christ were assigned the Ilocos religion.