By John Foreman
Excerpt from Philippine Islands: A Political, Geographical, Ethnographical, Social and advertisement heritage of the Philippine Archipelago and Its Political Dependencies, Embracing the complete interval of Spanish Rule
It will be staggering if the troubles of an engaging Colony just like the Philippine Islands had now not commanded the eye of literary genius.
I don't fake, accordingly, to enhance upon the capable productions of such eminent writers as Juan de le Concepcion, Martinez Zuniga, Thomas Comin and others, nor do I aspire, via this short composition, to detract from the benefit of Jagor's paintings, which, in its day, counseled itself as a important publication of reference. yet seeing that then, and in the final two decades, this Colony has made nice strides at the direction of social and fabric growth; its political and advertisement significance is quickly expanding, and lots of who recognize the Philippines, have persuaded me to think that my Notes will be an liked addition to what was once released years in the past in this subject.
The serious reviews herein expressed are established upon own observations made in the course of the a number of years i've got travelled in and approximately the entire vital Islands of the Archipelago, and are upheld by way of connection with the main trustworthy old records.
An writer could be benevolent in his judgment of guys and manners and protected opposed to mistaking remoted situations for principles. In concerns of heritage he may still neither cover the reality, nor twist it to aid a personal view, remembering how effortless it's to criticize an act while its sequel is built: such should be my objective within the fullest degree consistent.
By sure sessions i'll be notion to have taken a hypercritical view of items; i'll even offend their susceptibilities - if I adulated them, I may still fail to chronicle the reality, and my paintings will be a planned imposture.
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