What are the positive and negative effects of spanish contributions in the Philippines?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Spain did not contribute anything to its colonies. Its main objective was to suck the blood from the natives. This happened in the Philippines, Latin America and some African colonies. Allegedly, all the gold that Spain stole from Latin American ended up in the coffins of the comunists that took over the Spanish government back in 1936.

    With this background, there is absolutely nothing positive we can say about a Spanish legacy. By common sense, if there is nothing positive, then all the legacy of Spain on the Philippines is negative.

    As an observation, all the colonies of England are doing much better now than the colonies of Spain. Why is that? Because Spain took, took, and never gave in return.

    It is my opinion

    Source(s): Lifetime of reading.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Let's answer this via the timeline. First and foremost, the colonization of the Spaniards introduced the Philippines to the "modern world". As a matter of fact, the Philippines wasn't even a country when the Spaniards came. It was just a series of islands with different tribes living in different "barangays." BUT they did have a form of organization. The positive effect simply is that the coming of the Spaniards, aside from bringing together the 1000+ islands under one flag, helped the Philippines become a modern country. The Europeans were at the forefront of progress and modernity at the time. Clearly, one negative effect was the maltreatment of the Spaniards (most particularly the friars) towards the Indios. But a positive effect that grew out of that was the birth of Nationalism, which Rizal and the other ilustrados brought into fruition. Now fast-forward to today. If you notice how divided the nation is in terms of social classes (the poor are the majority in terms of numbers but are the minority in terms of power while the rich are the complete opposite), as well as the corruption, it all goes back to the Spanish colonial times. The way the friars and the Spanish government ran the country is still the same way people run the country today. It's whoever has the money has the power. Don't get me wrong, I think it's unfair to blame the Spaniards for it, since the Philippines has gone this far already. All I'm saying is that corruption, this hacienda mentality, goes all the way back to the Spanish colonial period. I hope this answers your question.

    By the way, I think the Church, originally wasn't so good, but at the same time it wasn't so bad either. The Spaniards used it to "brainwash" the Indios into doing what they (the colonizers) wanted (e.g. the friars were one of the most corrupt people during the Spanish colonial period but no one could touch them because they were "God's servants"). But the Church also brought the people together and now is part of the beautiful and colorful Filipino culture.

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  • 4 years ago

    The positive effects would be their influence on the religion and the structure of the idea of its centralized gov t to follow a certain ranking in order to make decisions for the nation. It really gave the filipinos the thought about how to rule their own nation independently without depriving their freedom which enlightened them and gave them courage & strength to build the Katipunan, a secret liberalist organization headed by filipinos which goal is to separate themselves with the spansish colonization, its objective was to put a war against the spaniards to fight for their freedom.

    the egative effect would be the Spaniards maltreatment to the Filipinos, during the colonization, Filipinos have no right to speak nor tell their opinions about how they operate stuffs, People would be violently killed and tortured in the Filipinos own land, a lot of katipuneros were beheaded, hanged, publicly executed, tortured and raped. The Spaniards gave no right to the filipinos about how the officials run the government

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  • 1 decade ago

    Spain created the Philippines. It did not exist before spanish colonization, prior to spanish rule it was only a collection of small, undeveloped mostly stone age tribes and villages perpetually at war with one another. Some tribes were peaceful, but still lived in horror of constant terror by the many headhunters, cannibals, and slave traders, etc. Spain introduced government, peace and a national identity, .. civilization.. and also christianity, and with it the idea that it is not ok to rape, rob, kill, pillage, burn raid, or eat your nieghbors, just because you are stronger or have more spears. Spain modernized the Philippines from mostly stone age, by the end of Spain's rule filipino society featured roads, bridges, schools, colleges, hospitals, grand ballrooms and theater. This social progress, and a growing, educated filipino middle class, and the insdustrial era, can be viewed as the ultimate cause of the downfall of colonial rule.

    Spain was a traditional colonial monarchy. Power, wealth and control was kept thru a system of elite titled spanish aristorcracy that ran the country with a few filipinos included into the ruling 'class'. The ruling class gained power and wealth thru land grants, positions, and titles from the King, and in turn gave tribute and loyalty back to the King. Some filipinos in the small middle class of merchants, soldiers, skilled services, etc. The majority of 'natives' were just left alone aside from tax and trade, so long as they did not go 'off reservation' headhunting or what not. This colonial aristocracy, like those in mexico and elsewhere, used peons - peasants, who were like medievil european serfs, to do manual labor. These peons, like serfs, had little money or power, and a fairly short and miserable life of endless toil for the benefit of their colonial masters. We can only argue if this type of life was better or worse than village life in some of the more primitave tribes. Little effort was made to educate or uplift the masses, and this had the negative effect of instilling a 'peon' or peasant colonial mentality on the masses, who view all problems flowing from, and the responsibility of, the very few elite leaders.

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    • zay girl4 years agoReport

      What a bleeping idiot, spewing out complete BS. The Philippines had formal governments (Rajahs, datus, etc) BEFORE the forced Spanish colonization. They were not complete savages like you are saying they are. You clearly need a basic history lesson. Get your facts straight, dumbass.

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  • 4 years ago

    Positive: Western Ideals, European Architecture Buildings, Spanish loanwords, Baroque Churches and Mansions etc..., Religion, Unity, Spanish Influence in Culture etc..

    Negative: Torture, Maltreatment etc..

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If it had not been the Spanish it would have been the British or the French. Most likely the French because they already had colonized southeast Asia. Vietnam,Indonesia, etc.....

    If they had not been colonized by Europeans, the Philippines would have now been totally Muslim.

    You can decide if history had been different what would have been.

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  • 6 years ago

    U ARE IDIOT OF ALL IDIOTS U HAVE VELIEVED ON VLACK PROPAGANDA AGAINST S[AIN U KNEW NOTHING BUT BIAS PHILIPFINE HISTORY WHOS HEROES ARE FAKE OF ALL FAKES LIKE RIZAL,BONIFACIO,MABINI ETC..BUT U ARE STILL LUCKY VECAUSE WE ARE NOW SURROUNDED BY INTERNET AND THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A CHANCE FUR U TO WEIGH ALL THE EVIDENCE BEFUR U JODGE FALSELY AND PLEASE DONT DISTORT THE THING U DO NOT KNOW..ALWAYS REMEMBER LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS DANGEROUS..

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  • Tootoy
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    1 decade ago

    Religion, I would say, is a positive.

    Negative things are too numerous to mention. But one that stands out is how they marginalized darker skinned people, which is why most Filipinos think lighter skin is a step up from brown skin.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well they ruled PI for 300+ yrs and gave you your language and last but not least they built all those nice churches.

    Mabuhay!

    Source(s): I'm a Brit who lived in the Philippines for sometime
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  • 1 decade ago

    IT TEACHES US TO ACT LIKE MASTERS AND THE PEOPLE BELOW US AS SLAVES.

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