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It was a nation just over a hundred years old in occidental reckoning. It was "discovered" in 1521; seriously claimed in 1565; and "by 1598 the larger part of the country had been divided up among the [religious] orders and the areas which each was to occupy were determined as they were generally to remain for the next two centuries. So, with the freshness of conquest, and with the dust " of pacification barely settled, this infant-people took the bath of baptism and the ways of salvation as zealously championed by Los Reyes Catolicos and propagated by the pioneering religious missionaries.

After these crucial nascent years, the Philippines entered the 17th century as a society-in-process. The local populace was being "reduced" around centers, established and edificed. seats of government, seats of worship, seats in the marketplace, seats of learning, etc. Life took a seat, to submit to an intense, protracted and feudal stratification.

In the spheres of state and church, power wielded was preferred to modest restraint. Governor-generals were appointed to administer this distant colonial outpost. And by the Patronato Real, the Spanish monarchs also provided for the nomination of bishops and priests to take care of the souls of the islands. By the cross and the sword, the Philippines was subdued and saved. Often, however, there were cases of the cross versus the sword, when royal prerogatives were jealously guarded and pontifical exemptions insisted; when interests conflicted and political maneuvers were directed against each other.

There were governor-generals and bishops, bishops and religious orders, soldiers and clerics. Between themselves and among themselves, they championed progress in both temporal and spiritual realms. At times, they acceded and conceded to each other; at times, they impeded each other; polarized against each other. And in all these, where was woman? Where was she seated? She had always already been there, in her proper silence, in her fair share. There were schools for her, to refine her in the ways of the hearth and the home. But, her path led only to either matrimony or monastery. And there weren't many opportunities for her, to advance in her field, to explore and harness her potentialities, to set out in the world on her own. She was always already and only a veiled presence in the world.

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