More Hispanic Than We Admit 2: Insights into Philippine Cultural History
Edited by Glòria Cano
With a foreword by Reynaldo C. Ileto
Masterfully edited by eminent scholar Glòria Cano, the second volume of More Hispanic Than We Admit contains thirteen essays written by renowned Filipino and Spanish scholars that reflect multiple disciplinary and ideological perspectives. The collection includes reflections on religion and gender, literary criticism, and historical and ethnographic case studies, and delves into topics including identity, otherness, heterogeneity, and language.
Contributors move beyond the standard model of a bilateral circuit between imperial center and colonial periphery. They examine the fluid formation of Hispanic culture and governance in the Philippines and the native experience of and resistance to coloniality; they also emphasize the critique of America’s deliberate casting of Spain as its dark alter ego as central to any true understanding of Spain’s colonial project in the Philippines.
This anthology decenters the conventional narrative of dominion and resistance and instead seeks to be a provocative inquiry into the politics of what it means to be both Filipino and Hispanic. Cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, this book leads us to a powerful understanding of the nature and history of the multidimensional contours of modern Philippine identity.
Modern Filipino scholarship continues to hide the hybridity of the Philippines, thus obscuring both its history and identity. The first volume of More Hispanic Than We Admit exposed the Hispanic (identity) that belonged to the Philippines, as Filipino statesman Claro M. Recto once said. This second collection of carefully researched essays from both Filipino and Spanish scholars substantiates the richness of the Filipino mestizo world and exposes the American colonialist project.
—Isaac Donoso, PhD, University of Alicante
The essays compiled by Glòria Cano in this volume tell precisely about the imprint left by Spanish colonization on the customs, lifestyle, religion and political projects in national development, that despite the difficulties would manage to survive half a century of an arduous American recolonization effort.
—From the Foreword, Josep M. Delgado, PhD,Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona