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Why do Filipinos blindly allow History to be Rewritten?

About redefining history-making and making it obvious that it is no longer suitable to call it merely the tale of a man in which he emphasizes the importance of the people or the mass in every historical event. Without the people of EDSA, today’s Philippine democracy would still be challenged. Recognizing everyone’s role in the creation of our past is a wonderful starting point for rewriting our history. 

What causes the rewriting of our history of the Philippines? While we’re talking about learning, we can also infer that it’s a good idea to rewrite history and experiment with new methods for adapting and learning from the past and bringing them up to date to solve poverty and other social problems.

In the same way that the Philippines has been liberated four times. First from Spaniards, whom they felt were liberating the locals from animism’s servitude, then from Americans who liberated us from Spanish oppression, and finally from Americans who saved us from Japanese fascists. The Spanish, who have been here for 300 years, beginning in 1521 and ending with the Philippine Revolution in 1898, have of course created a variety of cultures that have been implanted in us. 

Francisco Dago Hoy was thought to have supernatural skills, which is how he received his appellation. He was widely regarded as the architect of the longest revolution in Philippine history. His insurrection, though sometimes overlooked, was one of two key revolts in Bohol during the Spanish period. 

Filipinos were exposed to new ideas of freedom as a result of their access to Europe, and many returned homes doubting Spanish sovereignty. When the US and Spain went to war over Cuba, the Philippines sided with the US. Spanish colonial authority of the Philippines lasted until 1898 when the United States won the Spanish-American War and acquired the sovereignty of the islands as a territory. The Philippine Revolution, a battle for independence from Spanish colonial control, had been going on since 1896, and news that the United States would take over as colonial overlord from Spain was unfavorable to many Filipinos.

Ferdinand Marcos, full name Ferdinand Edralin Marcos was a Philippine lawyer and politician who, as head of state from 1966 to 1986, established an authoritarian regime in the Philippines that was criticized for corruption and suppression of democratic processes. Marcos went to school in Manila and studied law at the nearby University of the Philippines in the late 1930s. In 1933, an attempt was made to assassinate a political figure. A year later, he was acquitted by the Supreme Court. In Manila, he became a trial lawyer. During WWII, he served as an officer in the Philippine armed forces.

Marcos’ subsequent claims of being a leader in the Filipino guerilla resistance organization were significant to his political success, but US government files proved that he really took little or no involvement in anti-Japanese actions between 1942 and 1945. 

The exhibit was held by an experimental museum in Manila right before the 30th anniversary of People Power, which deposed Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. During martial law, a lady stands among portraits of human rights victims. It was an era that pushed the country into debt, witnessed thousands of opponents apprehended and tortured, and. The Philippines is extremely susceptible in the worldwide battle for truth. Approximately 99 percent of the population is online, and more than half find it difficult to spark a popular uprising.

People’s Power revolted in 1986 against the Marcos family’s abuses and corruption. Over three decades after the older Marcos was deposed by a people’s revolution, his son, 64-year-old Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr. His popularity has risen as a result of a years-long, well-planned operation to rewrite history, utilizing the power of social media to erode the distinctions between reality and fiction.

For 20 years, Marcos controlled the Philippines, using dictatorial authority and eroding democratic procedures. Marcos and his group used the government’s billions of dollars, obtained massive loans to keep the economy afloat, and left the Philippines in a precarious financial position to identify bogus news. President Rodrigo Duterte ascended to power in 2016 with the help of a keyboard army and online hate campaigns, irrevocably altering the internet environment. One of the Philippines’ most loathed families is being rehabilitated into one of its most respected because of the power of social networking. 

According to historian Alfred McCoy of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, who recorded the Marcos regime, Bongbong Marcos is “as though Marcos Senior came from the grave.” After two decades of severe corruption and human rights violations, the first family was forced to leave Hawaii in 1986 by a public rebellion. 

Researchers discovered that Marcoses’ online revisionism initiative extended back to the 2000s. The key message is that the Marcos family has been wrongly demonized, that President Ferdinand Marcos was not a corrupt kleptocrat who delivered pride, riches, and infrastructure to his nation during his two-decade reign while downplaying human rights atrocities. 

Bagong Lipunan is the hymn of Ferdinand Marcos’ New Society Movement, which was performed during the implementation of martial law in the Philippines. Among the most commonly circulated myths claim that no arrests were made under Marcos’ martial control and that no court charges were brought against the Marcos family. 

His eldest son, Ferdinand Alexander, is running for Congress and is at the center of the campaign. The 27-year-old, known as Sandro, is a burgeoning internet celebrity. Fan cams of him have entire accounts dedicated to them, with photos and videos running through filters and love songs. Some threads consider fan fiction, with viewers pretending to be in an arranged marriage with him or being battled over by Sandro and his siblings. TikTok users are frequently youths who are not burdened by the baggage of martial law.

The family’s strategists recognized the millennial heir’s potential as an influencer. According to John Nery, a journalist and co-convener of the Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation. The youthful heartthrob suits the Marcoses’ desire to elevate their family’s star profile. Pro-Marcos TikTok depicts the family having fun and emphasizing their closeness, but it also depicts a golden existence that is fully aspirational for Filipinos, according to him. 

That life, on the other hand, is exactly what Marcos Jr. According to McCoy, the historian, the strongman paradigm works effectively in a society with growing social gaps. He and others believe that Marcos’s wins would be influential on the Philippine economy.

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