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Pasyon and Revolution: Popular Movements in the Philippines, 1840-1910

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Pasyon and Revolution, unlike earlier Philippine historical writings that use largely the Filipino educated elite's categories of meaning, seeks to interpret Philippine popular movements in terms of perceptions of the masses themselves. Ileto submits to varied kinds of analyses standard documents as well as such previously ignored sources as folk songs, poems, and religiou ...more
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Published April 1st 1997 by Ateneo de Manila Univ Press (first published 1979)
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Gabriel Tan
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ileto’s classic book on revolutionary movements in the Philippines was published in 1979 and it is now into its 8th printing. Although it was first published 33 years ago, the continued appeal of the book lies in its original approach to popular resistance movements in the Philippines.
Ileto’s approach was novel because it tried to show the meaning of the resistance movements from the point of the view of the participants themselves. This was a departure from the works of most Filipino scholars,
Ann Louise De Leon
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
such a brilliant way of magnifying the voices of the marginalized people through prayers and other undocumented evidences.
May Che
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
A new lens of looking at how our revolution started. Not the usual Revolution led by the Elite Propagandists but how the likes of Hermano Pule and the different uprisings started. By using the known "text"- bastardized version of pasyon and how the masses got hold of their own situation.
A must read for us Filipinos who want to understand our rich tradition and question how victors wrote our history. :)
Karlo Mikhail
Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
an interesting work, novel for its time, in spite of its many limitations and mistaken conclusions (esp class analysis of Katipunan and blurring of distinctions of 19th century social movements).
Dec 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
An invaluable reference for History 1: Philippine History and Institutions under Prof. Mary Jane B. Rodriguez, Second Semester 1994-95, UP College Baguio.
Aug 08, 2007 rated it liked it
sino kaya sa ating mga bagong halal na pulitiko ang "pure loob"? hmmm... ...more
Cho Timbol
Jan 30, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Pasyon and Revolution, Popular Movements in the Philippines, 1840-1910, by Reynaldo Ileto

If you've ever spent Holy Week in any Philippine province, you've probably heard the Pasyon: a recounting of Jesus' life and death in old Tagalog poetry, often sung in a haunting, strange manner (this style of singing is called "tagulaylay"). While you and I probably listened to no more than a few stanzas before losing interest, 19th century Filipinos had a far more intimate relationship with the Pasyon.

Kim Arvin Faner
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This book is an eye-opener and can completely change one’s outlook at how history is created and defined. Most recorded histories are written by those who have the means to get published, which is a small percentage of the populace at a given time. In this book, Ileto attempts to map how the Filipino peasantry looks at the unfolding events during the revolutions against the Spaniards and Americans.

The book follows the Pasyon as a key structure at how the Filipino masses perceive and create meani
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actually, I was quite surprised with the book's premise. I always thought that the nation's conception and struggle for independence was influenced greatly by the ilustrados and European ideas. Here, Ileto argues that it has been developed at home. What is the inspiration of these nationalistic movements? The pasyon. Since it was a staple for the folkpeople, Ileto believes that the story of the passion of Christ and the redemption of His people captured the hearts of the oppressed Filipinos. One ...more
Jason Friedlander
Apr 04, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5. I have a whole lot of respect for this book and its ambitions, but it was very difficult for me to accept a lot of its methods and conclusions because I was never convinced that its many implicit assumptions and rigid lenses used to frame its “narrative arc” of sorts were empirically valid. As a book in itself it’s well formulated and it all ties together at the end, but overall feels more like a lesson in rhetoric than a lesson of history.

Still, I understand why this book is quite importan
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended by a friend. Definitely worth reading if you have an interest in Philippine history or just enjoy alternate approaches and revisionist history.
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Argene Clasara
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Provides a history-from-below narrative of the Philippine Revolution and Filipino struggle for independence. A must-read for students of Philippine history.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Focusing on what Ileto calls as the “history from below,” Pasyon and Revolution narrates the events of the Philippine Revolution (1840 - 1910) from the point of view of how it was richly understood by the masses. Given such task, Ileto centrally claims that it was in pasyon, the book that recounts the life and passion of Christ and universal history of mankind (from creation up to last judgment), where the common people were able to give sense to the series of events transpired during those time
Lady Marielle
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book gives new light to the religious nature of Philippine revolutions, and the religious personalities that led the movements in parallel with the life of Jesus in the Pasyon. Though depicting popular movements from 1840 to 1910, the book remains relevant up to this time. And it will be ever relevant until we have attained the paradise/kalayaan that our heroes have fought for - living in unity of loob, damay or true brotherhood, prosperity and love of God.

Having already attained political
Cheska Lorraine
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
sobrang relate ako dito syempre. todo dala pa ako ng anting anting and prayer book sa school. XDD
medyo masakit nga lang sa bangs lalim ng "Filipino" pero sapat lang. It has something todo with Kaluluwa and ginhawa plus kaliwanagan and kalayaan. XDDD
i need to read this for my history subject
Ivan Labayne
Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it
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si bonifacio at bernardo carpio ay parehong hinahanap, naghahanap
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