(Re)Discover PH: Philippine History Class (12 Session) by Andrei Julian


The history of the Philippines is known to have begun at least 700,000 years ago. Various groups migrated and settled in different areas until the Spanish expeditions anchored in the islands. After 300 years of Spanish colonization, the islands were ceded by Spain to the United States of America. Forty years later, Philippines was captured by Japan in World War II. The United States ceded its sovereignty over the Philippines in 1946 that started the postcolonial history of the Philippines. 

(Re)Introducing Philippines is a 12-part series about the history of the Philippine and its people. It covers major historical events from the genesis of our archipelago to the colonial era and up to the contemporary times. This class is ideal for anyone who wants to learn or relearn the history in the Philippines, the Filipino people and the events that shaped the modern Filipino. 

What This Class Covers

This class is a simplified approach to learning the history of the Philippines and the major events that shaped the modern Filipino and the culture.

Week 1: The Pre-Colonial Philippines (before 1521)

The first week will be a discussion about the Philippines before it was called the Philippines. We will explore this group of islands before the colonization and our ancestor’s relation with neighboring countries and the world, early customs and practices, as well the precolonial culture. 

Week 2 – 6: The Spanish Period (1521 – 1898)

Philippines was colonized by the Spanish Empire for 300 years and we will explore the Spanish period for five sessions. We will discuss about the Spanish arrival, life in the colony, the event that paved way to the rise of the Filipino educated class, and the Filipinos struggle to obtain freedom. 

Week 7 – 8: The American Period (1898 – 1941)

The two American sessions are an exploration of life during the American Colonial Era and how they molded the Filipino into their image up to the Filipinos campaign to independence and transition to liberty.

Week 9: The War Years (1941 – 1945)

This session will explore how the Philippines was involved in the Second World War, the Japanese Occupation and the cost of liberation. 

Week 10 – 12: The Post-War Philippines (1946 – beyond)

This session will talk about the condition of the nation including the post-war problem of the Third Republic, the life under the conjugal dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, and the event that led to the EDSA People Power and the Fifth Republic.



Manila Schedule
Every Sundays | 9AM
Session 1: October 3
Session 2: October 10
Session 3: October 17
Session 4: October 24
Session 5: October 31
Session 6: November 7
Session 7: November 14
Session 8: November 21
Session 9: November 28
Session 10: December 5
Session 11: December 12
Session 12: December 19

California Schedule
Every Saturdays | 6 PM
Session 1: October 2
Session 2: October 9
Session 3: October 16
Session 4: October 23
Session 5: October 30
Session 6: November 8
Session 7: November 13
Session 8: November 20
Session 9: November 27
Session 10: December 4
Session 11: December 11
Session 12: December 18

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Andrei Julian is the co-founder of Don’t Skip Manila, a passion project that aims to tell the grand story of the Pearl City, Manila. For the longest time, Tourism graduate Andrei has witnessed the city get skipped in most urban tours, overlooking Manila’s rich history, enduring grandeur, and vibrant arts and culture.