The architecture of the islands shows Spanish influence. Spanish brick churches built during the colonial era dominate the towns. The churches are large and different from traditional construction. It is difficult to imagine how the indigenous population in the seventeenth century was able to build them. Filipino families enjoy close kin bonds, and extended families living together are the norm. Seaports and government centers had a larger proportion of Spanish buildings with wide verandas and tiled roofs. Towns destroyed during the liberation campaign in World War II, especially in central and northern Luzon, were rebuilt using wood. Areas of Manila destroyed during World War II have been restored to their historical Spanish appearance. Newer buildings in Manila range from standard multistory offices to Western-style gated housing areas for the affluent, to tenements and shacks.
What is wrong in merely wanting Filipinos to harvest their own minerals and riches of nickel, limestone, guano, coal, chromate, manganese, blackstone, gold ore, greenstone, redstone, gravel, marble, red clay, silica, yellow stone, talc, iron and quartz? What is unfounded in merely aspiring for an ancestral land where people can freely mount their solidap (house wall made of coconut leaves), where the youth can strum their gitgit (traditional guitar with three strings) between farming and where children can play sipa with coconut shells, jackstone with baby guavas or chinese garter with wild vines?
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