A look back in time (Part 4 of 5)

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7. Introduction of the Philippines to World trade specially Europe    

Though we have been trading with Chinese, the Japanese and other countries prior to the coming of the Spaniards, We were ushered to trade with Europe.  Although most of the profit was not fully coming back to the Philippines as Philippines was being governed from New Spain which is Mexico, some of the goods reach Europe like Manila paper, the Manila Shawl (Yes to date, a shawl of the typical Jusi cloth is still called Manilena in Spain), Abaca and etc.  After Mexico was lost by war to America, The governance of the Philippines was transferred to Madrid, Spain.

8. New technologies 

New technologies of that time were introduced to the Philippines.  Though the infusion of new technologies was a little slow due to the bureaucracy of the new territories of Spain, some infusion of technology was there.  Some of which are the way some edifices were constructed using arches.  The method of irrigation was also taken from the Muslims from the Iberian Peninsula and was shared to the Philippines.  Method of producing beer was introduced which what we now know as “San Miguel Beer.” Mining, textile, telegraph (ca. 1872), electricity (1892), rope making were also introduced.

9. Education

Several schools, colleges and Universities were putted up by the Friars.

10. Clothes

Styles from Europe became infused with our manner of dressing, plus some clothes that our forefathers modified from traditional European dresses plus also considering the influence of the Chinese on our way of dressing (Camisa de Chino).

11. Culinary practices

We may not be aware but some of the food we eat actually was influenced largely by Spain.  Our Chicharon is exactly same as the chicharrones of Spain except for the migraine inducing Monosodium Glutamate flavor enhancer we are putting extra.  The empanada, leche flan and other recipes are actually derivatives of food we have learned from the Spaniards.  The way that the Spaniards eat everything in the “baboy”, probably we learned also from them.  Sad to say, we did not perfectly copy everything such as making the Iberican ham and the way of making cheese.

12. Techniques of food preservation

We have learned some of the  techniques of food preservation from both the Chinese and the Spaniards.  Spaniards are particularly good in meat preservation due to the fact that they have winter snow in some of their provinces where they have to subsist on preserved foods as lesser agriculture harvest would be available during these winter months.  Though some of these were brought about by the Spaniards, the local populace adapted some of their own versions including the longganisa (In Spain known as the Longaniza but there are several varieties).  The method of curing of the longaniza in Spain is a little bit different.  There are some readily eatable varieties, some are naturally preserved and a lot do not use Sodium Nitrate (Salitre) which Filipinos commonly use.  Salt Peter is quite detrimental to the human body if taken in considerable quantities just like MSG. 

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