Our forebears lived in small, scattered communities based on kinship ties and relied mainly on primitive agriculture which provided barely enough for their needs.We were not a nation since these communities were separate, autonomous barangays.Trade among barangays and with the people from neighboring countries was occasional and by barter.
All these made physical conquest and cultural domination quite easy for the Spanish colonizers.
Unlike the Cambodians with their Angkor Vat and the Indonesians with their Borobudur, we had no monuments which could remind our people of an ancient glory.
When nations with advanced social structures and a firmly established culture are colonized, their past achievements constitute the source of their separate identity which enable the conquered to confront their colonizers with dignity and sometimes even a feeling of superiority.
so as to arouse the "Filipinism" in his heart and mind in matters of national interests (economic and political); for each Filipino to ultimately and most importantly, demand from his national leadership honest concern and action for the impoverished native Filipino majority (Christian, Muslim, and the forgotten ethnic minorities), the native This nationalistic outlook is most important and necessary when dealing with all foreigners, such as the American, Australian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese businessmen, their governments and their transnational corporations (TNCs) as they work and exploit our people and homeland indirectly via the IMF and WB and the , is to raise our nationalist consciousness, through self- education or by formal/informal education, beginning with a recognition and appreciation of our colonial mentality and exerting a conscious effort to discard it.
But of course, our "Filipinism" has to be different from the selfish individualism (lacking in honest, social concern) of the native businessmen/entrepreneurs of the past who used nationalism to advance solely their own private interests. Again, we Filipinos due to our colonial mentality would tend to appreciate and pay attention to what foreigners, i.e. In contrast, we Filipinos would tend to ignore, belittle and argue vehemently against what our own nationalist intellectuals already knew and understood, said or wrote about (in certain issues our Americanized minds, consciously or unconsciously, make us more American than Americans -repeatedly demonstrating to the world our mendicant/servile attitude).
It is only with a nationalistic consciousness in his mind and heart will the native Filipino be able to fight, deal and work with utmost determination for his own betterment, those of his children and grandchildren; and consequently of his homeland. We often hear Filipinos complain that as a nation we are afflicted with a colonial mentality.
Below is one of the many excellent articles written during the early 1980s by Leticia Constantino, wife of the great Filipino nationalist of recent history - the late Prof. A collection of these concise essays, in several slim pamphlets/volumes, to help understand important national issues and developments was published, as a teacher's aid to developing a nationalist education, under the title "Issues Without Tears."The series of pamphlets are extremely useful to those who have no time nor patience to read books or scholarly treatises, as Mrs. Hopefully the books are still available in Philippine bookstores. In the Foreword to her book from which I extracted the article, Mrs. By this they usually mean that we are excessively subservient to foreigners and unduly impressed by foreign goods.
Constantino wrote that while her husband's tasks were to analyze Philippine Education Today and other impediments to realizing Filipino Nationalism, her task was to answer the question "What Is To Be Done? But an even more harmful aspect of colonial mentality and one that is less recognized is our failure to pinpoint our real national interests apart and distinct from those of our foreign colonizers.
Despite 35 years of independence, this trait has not been eradicated.