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ILS 86: FILIPINAS AT WAR: The Role of Filipino Women in Times of Conflict

Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 86
28 March 2023

FILIPINAS AT WAR: The Role of Filipino Women in Times of Conflict

Jose Antonio Custodio
Military Historian

Overview. The Philippines is a country that is not a stranger to conflict. From pre-colonial times up to the present, the Philippines experienced and is still experiencing sudden uprisings, protracted rebellions, and war. Its society is as unstable as the seismic and volcanic location it is situated in. These conflicts oftentimes result in the total mobilization of the community or nation depending on the nature of the war and its scope. In many instances, women are called to serve not only the country, but also the causes that they advocate. Thus in commemoration of Women’s Month, a presentation on Filipinas in war will provide a perspective of their various and developing roles in those times of social upheaval. We will see here that despite the machismo and misogyny prevailing in Philippine society, Filipinas occupied leadership roles, undertook dangerous missions, and fought against superior foes. These are roles that defied the Maria Clara ideal that a patriarchal society has been trying to force on Filipinas throughout history.

About the Intramuros Learning Sessions

The Intramuros Learning Sessions (ILS) is the educational webinar series of the Intramuros Administration (IA). Topics are interdisciplinary and cover themes related to Intramuros and Manila studies, as well as Philippine art, culture, and history. Pursuant to IA's charter, the ILS aims to contribute to the strengthening of the Filipino’s national identity and sense of belonging and pride.


Mar 28, 2023 03:00 PM in Taipei

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