Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 19


For the longest time, Filipino people were made to believe that Philippine civilization begun with the Spanish colonization of the country. National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal however saw the long Spanish evangelization as the Philippines’ Dark Age and sought to recover what he calls ‘Ancient Nationality’. His vision was unfortunately outlived by America’s westernization that brought Filipino people further away from their roots. In the 60s, the relevance of Western thoughts dominating Filipino intellectuality was challenged by Filipino nationalist scholars whose works on indigenous knowledge triggered the soul searching and redirected Filipino intellectuality to rediscover the country’s lost heritage – best seen in the History of Muslims in Prehispanic Manila. It is also in this part of history where the key to national unity – a necessary tool to nation building, is found.

  • Guest speaker: Darwin Absari
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the Speaker: Darwin Absari

Darwin Absari is a professor at the University of the Philippines Institute of Islamic Studies. He has a BA in Political Science from the Mindanao State University, and an MA in Islamic Studies from the UP Diliman Institute of Islamic Studies.

A well-published author, he has written several books on Moro studies, such as:  Pag-Tuhan: The Tausug Spiritual Tradition (for publication); “Qur’an and Sunnah: The Source of Knowledge, Values, and Norms of the Moros”(for publication); and When Warriors Meet Traders: The Long History of Sulu-China Friendship.

About the Intramuros Learning Sessions

The Intramuros Learning Sessions (ILS) is the educational webinar series of the Intramuros Administration (IA). The IA is an attached national government agency under the Department of Tourism. 

Topics are interdisciplinary and cover themes related to Intramuros and Manila studies, Philippine studies, as well as cultural heritage studies. Pursuant to IA’s charter, the ILS aims to contribute to the strengthening of the Filipino’s national identity and sense of belonging and pride.

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