Industries that are Natural to the PhilippinesSeptember 2, 2021
From a survey of Maharlikan industry before Legazpi came, we can list the industries that are natural to the country.
Those people became very familiar with us. They told us many things, their names and those of some of the islands that could be seen from that place. Their own island was Sulu, not very large. They were very pleasant and conversable.Pigafetta
When we had eaten, the king had a reed mat and another of palm leaves, and a leaf pillow brought in for me to sleep on. The king and his two women went to sleep in a separate place, while I slept with one of his chiefs.Pigafetta
They offered heir pilots to show us the way. Magellan asked the kings for the pilots for he intended to depart the following morning, and [said] that he would treat them as if they were the kings themselves, and would leave one of us as hostage. Raha Colambu.. said that he intended to act as our pilot himself.Pigafetta
Music and Entertainment
They played so harmoniously that one would believe they possessed good musical sense. Those girls were very beautiful and almost as white as our girls and as large.Pigafetta
Then two platters were brought in (one with fish and its sauce, and the other with rice), so that we might eat with the prince. My companion became intoxicated as a consequence of so much drinking and eating.Pigafetta
Crops and Livestock
Palawan has rice, ginger, swine, goats, fowls, bananas, cocoanuts, camotes [batate], sugarcane, and roots resembling turnips in taste. We called that land the land of promise, because we suffered great hunger before we found it.Pigafetta
They showed me certain large valleys, making me a sign that the gold there was as abundant as the hairs of their heads, but they have no iron with which to dig it, and they do not dare to go to the trouble [to get it].Pigafetta
Sports (Boxing, Archery )
At a cape of [Mindanao] and near a river, are found shaggy men who are exceedingly great fighters and archers. They use swords one palmo in length, and eat only raw human hearts with the juice of oranges or lemons. Those shaggy people are called Benaian.Pigafetta
I bowed to the queen, and sat down beside her. She was making a sleeping mat of palm leaves.Pigafetta
Junks are made with the bottom part being built about two palmos above the water and is of planks fastened with wooden pegs, which are very well made. Above that they are entirely made of very large bamboos.Pigafetta
Here we explained the industries natural to Maharlika by finding consistent patterns that are present in both Maharlika and the Philippines. The match between actual and desired industry becomes core competency which leads to productivity and consequently, wealth. Poverty and misery arises when there is a mismatch between what you want to do and what you actually do.
In the next post, we shall expose the current inconsistency between neoliberal Philippine policies and the nationalistic Maharlikan ones that led to the rapid decline in 2020 under Duterte.