The Gift of the Cross?

They cut down our sacred trees.

Defiled our holy wells.

Tore down the houses we built for our beloved gods.

Banned the very mention of their names.

Raped our women, broke our men, and defamed our priestesses.

But hey, let’s focus on the bright side—at least, we’re the only Christian nation in Asia.

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‘The first baptism in the Philippines’ by Fernando Amorsolo

It is heartbreaking that so many Filipinos still parrot the centuries-old colonial propaganda that we were somehow “civilised” by European colonisation and that Christianity was its most precious gift. Neither the Cross nor western clothes made us better.

She would definitely disagree.

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A painting by Botong Francisco of a babaylan or priestess

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