Forgive me for almost one month of sudden blog sabbatical. Laziness in writing is getting the best of me, mainly because what I write here remind me of office work (which I want to keep at bay, especially when I’m at home. Note to self: Good luck with that.). I, however, have been seeing the need to categorize my blog posts according to historical periods.
I remember my professor before telling me that the great Filipino historian Teodoro Agoncillo would use to have a specialized card catalog system of all his primary sources in his library, either by period, by theme, by personality or by topic of his choice. It is very important thus for historical researchers to have a sort of an overview of history so that they can contextualize and arrive at plausible interpretations.
But of course, Philippine history is not without debates and schools of thought. In fact, Filipino historians are most energized insisting on what should or should not be, especially when it comes to periodization.
While periodization in Philippine history is still an ongoing debate which I think would never ever be resolved, there is nevertheless an existing informal consensus of a periodization of Philippine History. My effort in periodizing these blog posts does not assert any school of thought, but are merely phrased for blogging convenience. This might mean an overlap of periods (e.g. American Colonial Period, and the Philippine-American War) especially in posts covering two or three Philippine history time periods. In those cases I will put multiple tags on the post that covers them. Some periodizations like the Spanish-American War, while putting the Philippines on the periphery, was deeply enmeshed in the context of the last phase of the Philippine Revolution against Spain (1898), thus, I will include it here. I will use these as tags in my posts beginning today, not only for your benefit but also for mine.
I wish my desk would be as organized as these time periods.
*Arranged in chronological order
Blog post according to historical period:
Precolonial Period (AD 900 - 1521)
Spanish Colonial Period (1521, 1565 - 1898)
Philippine Revolution (1896 - 1898)
Spanish-American War (1898)
Philippine-American War (1899 - 1901)
American Colonial Period (1901 - 1935)
Commonwealth Period (1935 - 1941, 1945 - 46)
Japanese Occupation (1941 - 1945)
Third Philippine Republic (1946 - 1973)
Martial Law Period (Marcos Dictatorial Regime) (1972 - 1986)
Contemporary Philippines (1986 - present)
Review (Film, Theatre, Music)