Studying literature in general is important to do various things, no matter what country the literature if from. For example:
• It gives moral values, and teaches the difference between what is right and what is wrong, as well as changing a person's attitudes for the better.
• It can be inspiring for a person, and help them on a pathway in how to live their lives to the fullest potential.
• It gives the reader historical knowledge to help people understand they state of their country at that particular time the literature as written. It gives an insight into the world around us through the writer's eyes rather than our own.
• It introduces its readers to new ideas and information they may not have known before, as well as making them proud to be a part of that heritage.
These stories can be explored, analyzed and discussed either in the classroom or among friends, as people may have different understandings of them, but none can be proved wrong.
An example of a piece of well-known Philippine literature is 'Doctrina Christiana' which was the first book ever printed book in the Philippines. Notable Philippine authors are Carlos Angeles, Amador Daguio, Linda Ty Casper, Francisco Arcellana and many more. Each of these authors has helped shape the Philippine way of life and the individual's understandings of their country's history.