FILIPINO WOMEN IN THE ARTS IN THE CONTEXT OF CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
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According to the Filipino legend of creation, the first woman came forth simultaneously with the first man from the same bamboo node after a great bird pecked at a bamboo groove. Both man and women emerged into life, equal and with particular attributes complementing each other. The men was called Malakas or Strong, and the woman Maganda or Beautiful. In the course of time, apart from physical beauty, the Filipino women reflected spiritual strength, self-sufficiency and courage. The pages of Philippine history abound with heroic women, attesting to their bravery and wisdom, as shown by Teodora Alonzo, mother of our national hero Jose Rizal, and revolutionary leaders like Gabriela Silang and Melchora Aquino or Tandang Sora (her pseudonym), to mention a few of the outstanding Filipino
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