"Magtapos ka ng pag-aaral mo. Yan lang ang maipapamana namin sa'yo ng Tatay mo." (Finish your studies. That's the only inheritance that your Father and I can give you) - does this sound familiar?
Most Filipinos can relate to this oft reminder from their parents. No wonder you will find Pinoy homes' walls adorned with line upon line of diplomas, all signifying that they accomplished what their parents asked them to do. Also, to most of us, there is a sense of achievement once this piece of paper is finally displayed on the wall.
Why do you think this is so?
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Was There Formal Schooling Prior to the Spanish Colonization?
Okay, I'll try to make this as light as possible. The Department of Education's website cited that even before Magellan and his comrades reached the Philippine shores, there were already some methods of education being practiced. These were, however, unstructured and informal. The purpose of education for our pre-Hispanic ninunos (ancestors) was for vocational training. The teachers were the parents or tribal educators.
This whole picture did a 180-degree turn when the Spaniards arrived. Missionaries taught with religion as their tool. The elite were the ones that got educated and it was only in 1863 when all Filipinos liberally had access to education. This selfishness (if I may say so) on the part of the Europeans genetically-triggered the Filipinos' hunger for education and their need to belong, hence, seeing that one piece of paper means a lot more than finishing school.
When the American forces finally defeated Spain, schools that were established and maintained for three centuries were closed and their doors only reopened on August 29, 1898. Three educational institutions were established namely -
The Military Academy of Malolos
The Burgos Institute (also in Malolos)
The Literary University of the Philippines
And, hey, education became compulsory. Citizenship was taught, in English, by chaplains and even by non-commissioned officers. The public school system became centralized in 1901 and with the shortage of teachers acknowledged by the Philippine Commission, 600 teachers were sent from the U.S. to our country.
They were known as the Thomasites.
For a continuation of this story, you can access the DepEd site -- http://www.deped.gov.ph/about-deped/history/
So the next time you see a home adorned with laminated and framed diplomas and certificates, be proud. Perhaps, if you haven't already, you might want to display your own diploma, too.
You're Pinoy after all.
A., & Grace, A. (2016, May 15). A History of the System of Education in the Philippines. Retrieved October 20, 2018, from https://www.teacherph.com/history-system-education-philippines/
History. (n.d.). Retrieved October 20, 2018, from http://www.deped.gov.ph/about-deped/history/
E.S. Villamor has made a career in writing for a decade now. Her online business - GIML (Gabriela Isabel & Miguel Lucas) Publishing started in 2014. She advocated for women's rights and was once enamored with imparting financial literacy through training and blogs but she is now focused on propagating all things Filipino. This site is also being groomed as a rich homeschooling resource.