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The Pulahanes (literally “those wearing red”), also known as Dios-Dios, were the members of a religious revival of Philippine beliefs that developed in the Visayas prior to the Philippine Revolution. At its peak, it numbered around 10,000-15,000 adherents. The movement was however severely crippled during the Philippine Revolution after the Philippine Constabulary took over patrols in Samar, when the U.S. military declared the island as “pacified”.

Pulahanes practiced a syncretic religious revival centered mostly on Philippine mythology and Folk Catholicism. Individual beliefs include the use of anting-antings as well as the revival of the babaylans. The talk will also delve into the other religious rituals they performed before battles, and more.

Prof. George Borrinaga, assistant professor at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City and a winner of the Young Historian’s Prize in 2014, will conduct an in-depth discussion on how the Pulahanes carved its mark into the Philippine Revolution. Providing more insights on the religious motivations of the Filipinos who joined the struggle against colonialism at the turn of the 20th century.

This month’s CGM Talk poses the question on whether or not the Philippine Revolution was fully motivated by Western ideologies of liberalism and democracy.

The CGM Talk is one of the many programs of the Culture and Heritage Unit of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. that promotes Cebuano culture and heritage. The talk will be from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Casa Gorordo Museum Azotea. The talk will be free for members of the media and the public.

Casa Gorordo Museum is the centerpiece project of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.’s (RAFI) Culture & Heritage focus area. The Culture & Heritage Unit of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI-CHU) through its three flagship programs – Casa Gorordo Museum, Research & Publications, and Gabii Sa Kabilin – aims to develop a strong sense of cultural identity among local communities by promoting awareness of their heritage and enabling them to articulate their story.

 

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