QUOTE (gisingpilipinas @ Jan 4 2011, 12:20 AM)
if the Spaniard did not came, Islam could be the dominant religion in the Philippines. As a matter of fact, Rajah Sulayman (Ruler of Manila) and/or Tarik Sulayman were Muslims. And it clearly states that Islam was widely spread at that time even in Luzon. We could be like our neighbors and Malayan brothers like Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia that the dominant religion is Islam if not for the arrival of the Spaniards. As a matter of fact again, we are under Brunei as a vassal state when the spaniards came. This happened after Sultan Bolkiah of Brunei invaded Manila during the 14th century.
I agree with trismegiritos stating that the Negritos, aetas and other tribes were the ones "majorly" wearing the bahags or being naked, And this tribes were not the dominating tribes during the time of Lakandula and Sulayman.
The sulaymans and the macabebe's and even Lakandula and his Kingdom could be wearing the typical Hindu-Buddhist-Islamic-malayan attire for them being connected to the Islam world and our brothers in South East Asia.
It is important to note that the Philippines was populated by different race, tribes, Kingdoms, City-States and class of people because of the Theory of Migration that brought to the Philippines the Aetas, Negrito's and later the Malays that which became the dominant tribes during the later part of our pre-hispanic times.
So it is not right to quote and GENERALLY speak of the ancient Filipinos as people who are wearing bahags, being naked and Pintados. Though we cannot take it away from our History and our inheritance, but we should also note that there is also some Ancient Philippine Kingdoms coming from SriVijayan and Majapahit empires that are more advance than the Negritos, Aetas, etc. that they drove this tribes away to the Highlands (though some intermarried to them) and were the dominant race during the later part of our PreHispanic History.
During the Paris Exposition, Rizal was saddened after seeing an exhibit about the Philippines that shows Aetas/Negritos wearing a bahag, half naked and was hunting. Rizal was saddened about this view of the Philippines knowing that it is not the best and probably the right way to exposed Philippines in the world. He knows that the Filipino people was not just a people who wear bahag or naked and uncivilized people, but Filipinos was the mixture of different asian cultures through malays, aborigines, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Arab and also spanish people.
Laguna Copperplate Inscription, dated from 900AD clearly provide evidence about the Philippines particularly Kingdom of Tondo, Baliwag, Pulilan, Macabebe, Butuan being connected to other South East Asian Kingdoms and Empires particularly Sri Vijaya and Majapahit.
The Spaniards was amazed in the Gold of our ancestors particularly in the Kingdom of Butuan after seeing our ancestors wearing gold jewelries and clothing from head to feet. (this was stated in Antonio Pigafetta's writings during his travel with Magellan) Even other ancient documents local and foreign, discussed about the trade connection of Ancient Philippines to other Asian countries (China, Sri Vijaya, Majapahit, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam etc.)
The idea stating that Ancient Philippines was nothing but a collection of uncivilized, pagan and animist people etc. was just a an invention of the colonizers to rob us of our rich and glorious culture and history for them to continually colonized us, and for us to forget who we really are, that we may be forever subservient to them.
It's good that we are continually digging and searching our past, for the next generation, that we may recover our history and that we may know who we really are, as being apart and equal from other cultures and races, as we are created by GOD equally with each other and according to his image that he purposedly created our race our nation and our culture, and he created us to be Filipinos and he placed us to this part of the earth and in our country the Philippines according to his plans and purpose!
For the longest time, I thought there was no such thing as an anthropology or archaeology or linguistic department in the Philippines. No one was writing down anything in the books about our pre-Hispanic past, but only scant information. I know now that there is an effort, but we're only in the beginning stages, and I guess that's okay. And I think us amateurs are doing our job combing the libraries and internet, creating websites, sharing and discussing in forums, documenting our family histories, practicing our traditions, and personal observations of our own people and places especially in the provinces that we come from.