Agriculture was the main source of livelihood in the pre-colonial Philippines there was an abundance of sugar cane, coconut, rice, cotton, hemp, and many species of fruits and gettable.
Fishing, due to the country’s long coastline and bodies of water, the early settlers always had an abundant catch of fishes, crustaceans, shrimps and shells. They used pointed spears, cages and fishnets in fishing. Lumbering, Shipbuilding and Seafaring, when the Spaniards arrived they found the early Filipinos’ ship to be of excellent quality. Weaving, native Filipinos weaved using fibers from abaca, pineapple, cotton, and bark cloth. Clothes, rugs, and hats were weaved.
Baskets were also weaved and used as vessels of transport, storage, and for hunting. Domestic read existed among the Barings and the Islands. The Filipinos foreign trade was with China, Japan, Thailand, Borneo, and other islands of old Malaysia. Now, in modern time – agriculture is still the main source of livelihood, but because of the rapid population growth and economic development that have occurred through the years, there have been considerable changes in plantation agriculture.
For example, we now have new methods of farming that can help our farmers like science-based food research, a number of good agricultural practices, organic farming, managing eater resources, and biotechnology this is a move towards a more sustainable farming methods that is highly constrained by population pressure and climate changes that Is weighing heavily on the country’s diminishing natural resources. But the salutary of our agriculture now and then Is the wide production of rice to sustain and enhance human life. 2. No, I would not consider it as an egalitarian society.
The social classes or status during those times until now, just shows that there is no equality among us, maybe being a democratic country – yes, I would consider it because the Filipino citizens eave our own natural rights and the government are respecting our rights but being an egalitarian society? I don’t think so, egalitarian means absolute equality for each and every one of us. If we are an egalitarian society then there would be a huge conflict in politics, most of the government officials are hungry for power so how Is it that we are an egalitarian society?
We have 5 social classes – Just another proof that we are not equal and many rich people took advantage of the poor. Best example, government officials hire low-life people to work for them Like drugs or smuggled odds. The president doesn’t need his men to work for him If we are equal. Most political power still resides in the hands of the ruling class. Rather than in the hands everybody is equal so everyone gets to share their decision and vote for it but, egalitarian is negative when it comes to ruling a country.
You see, a country won’t be stable if everybody is equal we need a ruler, a leader, a much higher positioned person that we can looked upon, respect and follow. 3. One of the things in which our country differs from other tropical countries, is housing. We have what we call ‘byway-kobo’ that is made up of wood, bamboo, and nip palms. It is built on stilts and can be entered through ladders that can be drawn up. Byway-kobo is built to suit the tropical climate, these houses are cool inside with the open windows it makes a good circulation of air possible and it is quite comfortable inside.
Some Filipinos, such as Killings, Mandalay and Bassos (in northern Luzon) built their house on tree tops for leisure purposes, also for protection against wild animals. Others, such as the Abidjan built their houses on oats but due to changes in society they also have to adapt to it. The Abidjan are sea nomads (hence, the name) who practically lived in their boats. Their mode of dressing, for men – it is composed of Kananga (sleeveless Jacket), bags (loincloth) and putting (head gear).
Kananga is either black or blue collarless Jacket, the color of jacket indicates the rank of the wearer for example red Jacket shows that you are a Chief, black and blue are below the Chiefs rank. Putting, red color signifies that the Nearer had killed at least 7 to wear an embroidered putting and the color showed heir manliness. Women mode of dressing are composed of barb and say or camas and pathogen, the barb or camas are Jacket with sleeves while the say or pathogen are loose skirt. Tapes is a piece of red or white cloth that’s wrapped around the waist of a woman.
They are all barefooted. The early Filipinos had a Meanness for personal adornment until now, its called Columbia. During those times, we have a great amount of gold as our natural resources it is turned into rings, armlets, bracelets and fillings between the teeth until now it is still used. Tattooing or men and women are adornment of the body and to enhance their beauty, tattooing for men is to exhibit his war records, the more tattoos a man had, the more he is looked up to in society, it is also considered as his war medals. 4.
Yes, I am in favor of dowry in marriage and of marrying in the same class – as a Filipino Chinese. It is a very important culture for Muslims and Chinese, the dowry usually depends on the social class of the families that are involved, and the tradition that exists for the couple. Usually there are intermediaries or negotiators that are pointed by each family to discuss the amount or size of the dowry. The purpose of dowry is a condition to accept a marriage proposal, this may provide an element of financial security in widowhood or against a negligent husband, it may also establish marital household. . Pre-colonial Filipinos believed in the immortality of the soul and in life after death, nowadays very few Filipinos that’s living in urban areas still believes in those things but in rural areas they still do. They also believed in the existence of a number of they would incur a feast to make libation to their dead ancestors and families for hey believed that every good thing they received came from their ancestors.
Spirits, for early Filipinos – hills, fields, streams, and trees were full of spirits more powerful than men. Some good and some were evil, but they believed that all needs to be Ownerships and appeased them. Even in burial, the dead was placed in a wooden coffin and buried under the house complete with cloth, gold, and other valuable things. In modern times, this is not appreciated anymore because we are too busy in our daily activities – work, family and technologies.