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Fil and Filippa Story of Child Life in the Philippines   By: (1869-1950)

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Fil and Filippa

Story of Child Life in the Philippines


John Stuart Thomson

Author of "China Revolutionized" "The Chinese" "Bud and Bamboo" Etc.

Illustrations by

Maud and Miska Petersham

The Macmillan Company, Publishers


Copyright, 1917, By the Macmillan Company.

Set up and electrotyped. Published September, 1917.







I. Names. II. Climate, Typhoons, Volcano III. At Worship IV. Houses V. Cocoa and Coffee VI. Hemp and Sugar VII. The Coconut VIII. Indigo; Mango; Guava; Durian IX. The Forest X. Minerals XI. Water Buffalo XII. Bats; Cattle; Horses; Cats; Monkeys XIII. Flying Ants; Locusts XIV. Boats and Fish XV. Saw Mill; Mudsleighs; Wooden Plows XVI. Umbrellas; Chairs; Milk bottle; Milkman XVII. Home Life XVIII. Dress XIX. The "Adios" Feast


Fil, a Filipino boy. Filippa, his sister. Favra, her playmate. Moro, Fil's playmate, a Mohammedan. Fil's Father. Fil's Mother. The Padre priest. The Guest. Driver of the Water Buffalo Cart.




It took me over a month and a half to reach the summer islands that I sought. In three weeks I had gone through the Panama Canal and had reached San Francisco, and in four weeks more I had crossed the world's widest, most peaceful, and bluest ocean, the Pacific.

There, like a string of pearls hanging from the golden Equator, I found thousands of wonderful islands of all sizes, but only two of them are very large. I found also my new and kind young friends: Fil; his sister Filippa; Fil's boy playmate named Moro, who came from the large southern island; their parents and friends; and the good Padre. Each one of them was shorter and darker than I. Yet they said to me: "The Stars and Stripes, now our flag also, makes us all American brothers, which we will be always."

"But how is it that you are called Filipinos, and live in the Philippine Islands?" I asked.

Fil smiled and said: "Though I believe you know without asking me, I shall tell you to show that I know our romantic and interesting history.

"Hundreds of years ago, many years before America became a nation, the roving Spaniards discovered these islands, and named them the Philip pines, in honor of their king Philip. When the American Admiral Dewey won these islands from Spain, our name was not changed.

"And our Christian names of Fil and Filippa have the same sound, and almost the same meaning, as Philippines," added Filippa, her eyes smiling from under her cloud of beautiful hair, hair longer and richer than an American girl's hair, and eyes darker and deeper than an American girl's eyes. Perhaps her brows were a little bit flatter, and her nose was a little bit shorter and wider, than ours; but still she was pretty, especially when she smiled, for she had beautiful white teeth.

Then I turned to Fil's playmate, Moro, and asked him what his rolling name could mean. Moro was even more eager and darker than Fil. He replied, as he bravely touched his toy sword:

"I, too, am of the Malay race, but of a different religion from Fil. I am a Mohammedan; that is, I reverence the same prophets whom the Turks worship... Continue reading book >>

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