What was Philippine society like from the 10th century, when its earliest historical record came about, until contact with the West in the 16th century? How did the geographic conditions affect our historical development? How did trade influence the development of the ethnic states and the political system? What were the social classes? What was the indigenous belief system? What was the status of women?
The lecture presents a comprehensive view of precolonial Philippines, showing the active commercial exchanges within and outside the islands that brought about its vibrant socio-cultural development and an intensified agricultural and political system by the 16th century.