Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Intro to the Book, Matriarchs of Cavite

  What makes a woman take the reins that drive an entire clan?  Is it sheer will power?  Could it be circumstance?  

   Women across the globe differ according to culture.  Culture is mostly developed out of historical interaction between nations.  Asian women are known to be culturally meek and subservient.  Filipinas are a different breed.  They came out of 300 colonial years under Spain stronger than their men.

   In the revolution against Spain, women were a moving force.  There were sporadic dissent by unorganized individuals throughout the centuries of colonialism.  The women of Cavite used business connections to support the Revolution. The Filipino Red Cross, established in 1863, led by the wife of Emilio Aguinaldo, had divisions from Ilocos Norte to Batangas. (Filipino Women Revolutionaries)

   In 1893, the Katipunan’s Supreme Council included a women's auxiliary section, the provincial council of Cavite later became the most successful council of the society. 

Battle of Imus Monument
   A large organized group with a meager arsenal, to dare confront the well-armed Spanish army was, at first, inconceivable.  Thus, the first big battle of the Philippine revolution called Battle of Imus, or the Siege of Imus in September, 1896 caught the Spanish colonial government by surprise.  The victory gained by the Filipino revolutionaries in this siege showed potential to win.  Two months later, in November 1896, the Spanish military retaliated against the revolutionaries in Cavite province with the Battle of Binakayan - Dalahican.  Those clashes made the revolution official.

   After centuries of procrastinating, the first to draw Spanish blood were the people of Cavite.  That placed the Caviteños’ courage and bravery in history.  Not all of those revolutionaries were men.  A good number of them were Caviteñas, the women of Cavite who earned a reputation for feistiness, vindictiveness, if warranted and only if warranted, downright malevolence.  

   By the time peace and a relative independence was reached in 1899, it was too late to break the Filipina spirit back into domestication.  She has learned to fight for her country, take sole responsibility for her family and make money.  All that took a Women’s Liberation Movement in the 60’s to teach the women of other nations.

   The Caviteñas would be the least likely to become victims of rape, domestic abuse, assault or home invasion.  They are shrewd business managers, assertive in any situation and adapt to the most difficult condition without losing charm and poise.  They make perfect matriarchs.

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