Why Do We Study Philippine Literature? And Why? Explain It.


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Nathaniel Hobby Profile
Nathaniel Hobby answered
The answer to your question would depend on where you currently reside. For example, if you live in the Philippines then the study of Philippine literature is an important part of understanding your heritage and culture and gives an identity to the country. If you are in another country, for example Spain or America, then the Philippines have also played a part in the past of your country. Perhaps the area you are in is populated by Filipinos and it is important to teach the citizenry about their history and tradition through writings.

There have been some very well-respected Filipino authors in the history of the Philippines, particularly authors such as Jose Rizal, whose writing during the Spanish colonial era helped to mobilize and reform the thinking of the Filipino people against the Spanish in their conquest of the country and give pride to the Filipino people. It was the controversial writings of Rizal that became a factor in his execution by the Spanish. The Philippines, having been under Spanish rule for nearly three centuries, changed hands to American rule following the Spanish-American War and a lot of the literature that followed gave a pro-Hispanic theme as the country began to adapt to life under American rule, at that time preferring life under Spanish rule.

The study of literature during this period (the 20th and 21st Century writings) gives fascinating insight to the change that was going on in the Philippines and how the Filipino people were dealing with this. In this way the study of Philippine literature is actually also a study of part of the history of both Spain and America and demonstrates how the Filipino people related to these countries.

The writings also point to the identity of the Filipino people during this era and their struggle to have an independent identity under the yoke of foreign rulers.
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brian vailoces answered
We study literature so that we can better appreciate our literary heritage. We cannot appreciate something that we dod ot understand . Through a study  of our literature, we can trace the rich heritage. Of ideas handed down to us from our forefathers. Then we can understand ourselves better and take pride in being a FILIPINO.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Because the Philippine literature is so profound and colorful.
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Anonymous answered

In order to know the history of a nation's spirit, one must read its literature.

Ryan Paul Honorario Profile

It is important to study literature for us to know about the factual information as a young Filipino and enlighten us about the heritage of our forefathers.....

sweetboy surendar Profile
The Philippine literature, it is important because by this we can
preserve the literature's we have today. If no one would introduce or
explain it to the up coming generations it would not exist in the next

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