Faced with several colonizers throughout its history, there was never a shortage of stories about Filipinos’ bravery, valor and courage in its fight to avoid making the Philippines and Filipinos subservient to their “masters.”
The Ayala Foundation decided to immortalize these various facets of kagitingan—valor or courage—throughout Philippine History via a YouTube video series entitled “Magiting+,” which will kick off the foundation’s 60th year celebration.
The series features various selections from the Ayala Museum’s beloved “Dioramas of Philippine History” and the Filipinas Heritage Library’s Retrato Collection of vintage photographs. For its inaugural season composed of 10 short episodes, “Magiting+” takes a close look at key events in Philippine history or specific aspects of Philippine culture.
With the help of historians, cultural workers, and other advocates of Philippine history and culture, “Magiting+” explores various expressions of kagitingan throughout history and finds ways these can remain both relevant and resonant at present. More often than not, stories of kagitingan emerge as a result of ordinary Filipinos stepping up—in extraordinary and inspiring ways—to various challenges faced by the nation.
Produced in partnership with the Department of Education, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, and Chooks-to-Go, “Magiting+” aired its first episode on March 12, which showed the very first books published in the country, and also highlighted the strongly established systems of writing before the arrival of Spanish colonizers.
The second episode aired on March 26 and featured the short-lived “Malolos Republic.” While the Philippines’ assertion of its status as the first constitutional republic in Asia did not last long, it remains a testament to Filipinos’ capacity for self-governance, and their strong belief in democracy, equality, and the rule of law.
On April 9, in commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan, “Magiting+” will air its third episode, featuring the heroism of Filipino soldiers during the Battle of Bataan and the Death March during World War II, two incidents that perfectly showed the stuff that Filipino soldiers are made of.
Although tens of thousands of Filipinos died during this dark period of Philippine History, it is also important to note that their courage, perseverance, and strength allowed them to keep on fighting for our country, keeping the Japanese Imperial Army at bay for at least 50 grueling days.
The seven remaining episodes will cover such subjects as the Battle of Mactan, the story of Sultan Kudarat, and the use of the sarswela as a form of protest.
The first few episodes of “Magiting+” are currently streaming on Ayala Foundation’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/AyalaFoundationInc.) A new episode premieres every other Friday at 5 p.m. until July 2021.
For 60 years, Ayala Foundation has been serving communities all over the country through programs that promote education, sustainable livelihood, and love of country. “Magiting+” serves as an expression of Ayala Foundation’s continued faith in the Filipino.