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This video analyzes selected Philippine political caricatures during the American era, highlighting their commentary on power, politics, and societal issues under US influence. The cartoons depict themes such as dynastic politics, patronage, urbanization, and the impact of American colonialism on Filipino society. They offer insight into the changes and challenges faced during this period of transition and demonstrate the power of political satire in shaping public opinion.
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This section discusses the art form of political caricature in the Philippines during the American era.
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Political caricature is a recent art form that exaggerates human features and pokes fun at subjects of power.
Caricatures became a part of print media for social and political commentary.
They use symbolism to convey opinions and capture the audience's imagination.
Historians examine these political cartoons as they shape public opinion and are worthy of historical examination.
This section analyzes selected Philippine caricatures.
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The first cartoon depicts a Filipino child stealing a chicken, with a police officer pursuing him.
The second cartoon comments on the corruption of the Manila police, pointing out the bigger thieves.
The third cartoon criticizes the increasing number of car accidents involving coal or vehicles.
The fourth cartoon shows a blown-up police officer in a cinema, prohibiting couples from showing affection.
The fifth cartoon portrays Uncle Sam being carried by Filipino boys, symbolizing American influence.
The selected cartoons depict the political situation in the Philippines during the American period.
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One cartoon shows William Howard Taft being brought to the Manila pier on a chariot pulled by students, which was condemned by nationalists.
Another cartoon shows Uncle Sam rationing porridge to politicians of the Progressive Party, while members of the Nationalist Party wait for their turn.
The cartoons highlight the patronage of the United States by politicians from different parties, reflecting the changes and shifts in culture, society, and politics during the transition from Spanish colonial period to American occupation.
The section discusses the negative impacts of American democracy on Filipino politics and the consequences of the transition from a Spanish-Filipino society to an American assimilated one.
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Rising dynastic politics and patronage became influential in Filipino politics.
Political parties in the United States provided favors and dole outs, undermining the essence of competing political parties.
The transition to an American assimilated society led to an unprecedented increase in motorized vehicles in the city, resulting in increasing colorum (unlicensed) vehicles.
Poor implementation of laws and policies regarding transportation led to loose rules on driver's licenses and a lack of enforcement by traffic police.
The selected Philippine caricatures depict the consequences of traffic rule violations, the sexual revolution in the 1930s, and the conditions of poor Filipinos under American governance.
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Traffic rule violations are a result of drastic urbanization in the Philippines.
The sexual revolution in the 1930s challenged conservative Filipino values.
Cartoons depict how police authorities targeted petty criminals while ignoring hoarders.
Americans controlled Filipinos through objects to manipulate their consciousness and mentality.
00:00let's take a glance at selected
00:03Philippine political caricature in
00:05Alfred McCoy's Philippine cartoons
00:08political caricature of the American era
00:121900 to 1941 political cartoons and
00:17caricature are a rather recent art form
00:20which veered away from the classical art
00:22by exaggerating human features and
00:25poking fun at its subjects such art
00:28genre and technique became a part of the
00:30print media as a form of a social and
00:33political commentary which usually
00:35targets persons of power and authority
00:38cartoons became an effective tool of
00:41publicizing opinions through heavy use
00:44of symbolism which is different from a
00:47verbose written editorial and opinion
00:49pieces the unique way that the
00:52caricature represents opinion and
00:54captures the audience
00:56imagination is reason enough for
00:58historians to examine these political
01:00cartoons commentaries in mass media
01:03inevitably shape public opinion and such
01:06kind of opinion is worthy of historical
01:09examination in his book Philippine
01:13cartoons political caricature of the
01:16American area 1902 1941 Alfred McCoy
01:20together with Alfred Rosas compiled
01:23political cartoons published in
01:25newspaper dailies and periodicals in the
01:28aforementioned time period for this part
01:30we are going to look at selected
01:33cartoons and explain the context of each
01:35one the first example shown was
01:40published in the independent on May 20
01:431916 the cartoon shows a politician from
01:47tendo named dr. Santos passing his crown
01:51to his brother-in-law dr. Barcelona a
01:55Filipino guy is depicted wearing Sulaco
01:58and barong Tagalog
01:59was trying to stop Santos telling the
02:02latter to stop giving Barcelona the
02:05crown because it is not his to begin
02:07with the second cartoon was also
02:12published by V independ
02:13On June 16 1917 this was drawn by
02:17fernando amorsolo's and was aimed as a
02:20commentary to the workings of manila
02:22police at that period here we see a
02:26Filipino child who stole a skinny
02:28chicken because he had nothing to eat
02:30the police officer was relentlessly
02:32pursuing the sad child a man wearing a
02:35Sulaco labeled juan de la cruz was
02:38grabbing the officer telling him to
02:40leave the small-time pickpockets and
02:42thieves and to turn at the great thieves
02:45instead he was pointing to the huge
02:47warehouses containing bowls of rice milk
02:50and grocery products the third cartoon
02:55was a commentary on the unprecedented
02:57cases of Cola room automobiles in the
03:00city streets the Philippine Free Press
03:02published this commentary when fatal
03:04accidents involving coal or vehicles and
03:07taxis occurred too often already
03:18you
03:23the fourth cartoon depicts a cinema a
03:26blown-up police officer was at the
03:28screen saying that couples are not
03:30allowed to neck and make love in the
03:33theater two youngsters look horrified
03:35while an older couple seemed amused
03:46you
03:52the next cartoon was published by the
03:55independent on November 27 1915 here we
04:01see the caricature of Uncle Sam riding a
04:03chariot pulled by Filipinos wearing
04:05school uniforms the Filipino boys were
04:08carrying American objects like baseball
04:11bats whiskey and boxing gloves McCoy in
04:15his caption to the said cartoon says
04:18that this cartoon was based on an event
04:20in 1907 when William Howard Taft was
04:24brought to the Manila pier riding a
04:26chariot pulled by students of Lycia de
04:28Manila such was condemned by
04:30nationalists at that time the last
04:34cartoon was published by leap uncle a
04:36bow on August 24 1907 in the picture we
04:41can see Uncle Sam rationing porridge to
04:43the politicians and members of the
04:45Progressive Party sometimes known as the
04:48Federalists a party while members of the
04:51Nationalist Party look on and wait for
04:54their turn this cartoon depicts the
04:56patronage of the United States being
04:59converted by politicians from either of
05:01the party analysis of the political
05:05caricatures during the American period
05:09the transition from the Spanish colonial
05:12period to the American occupation period
05:14demonstrates a different strands of
05:17changes and shifts in culture society
05:20and politics
05:21the Americans drastically introduced
05:24democracy to the nation and the
05:26consequences were far from ideal aside
05:29from this it was also during the
05:32American period that Filipinos were
05:34introduced to different manifestations
05:36of modernity like health care modern
05:39transportation and media this assured in
05:42a more open and freer press the post
05:45independence and the post Filipino
05:47American period in the Philippines were
05:50experienced differently by Filipinos
05:52coming from different classes the upper
05:55principalía class experienced economic
05:58prosperity with the opening of the
05:59Philippine economy to the United States
06:02but the majority of the poor Filipino
06:05remained poor
06:06desperate and victims of state
06:08repression the selected cartoons
06:12illustrate not only the opinion of
06:14certain mass outfits about the
06:16Philippine society during the American
06:18period but also paints a broad image of
06:21society and politics under the United
06:23States in the arena of politics for
06:26example we see the price that Filipinos
06:29paid for the democracy modeled after the
06:31Americans first it seemed that the
06:35Filipino politicians at that time did
06:38not understand well enough the essence
06:40of democracy and the accompanying
06:43democratic institutions and processes
06:45this can be seen in the rising dynastic
06:48politics in Pando as depicted in the
06:51cartoon published by the independent
06:55patronage also became influential and
06:58powerful not only between clients and
07:01patrons but also between the newly
07:03formed political parties composed of the
07:06elite in the United States this was
07:09depicted in the cartoon where the United
07:11States represented by Uncle Sam provided
07:15dole outs for members of the Federalists
07:18ax while the Nationalists of politicians
07:20looked on and waited for their turn thus
07:23the essence of the competing political
07:26parties to enforce choices among the
07:29voters was cancelled out the problem
07:31continues up to the present where
07:33politicians transfer from one party to
07:35another depending on which party who was
07:38powerful in specific periods of time
07:42the transition from a Catholic centered
07:44Spanish Filipino society to an imperial
07:47American assimilated one and its
07:50implications were also depicted in the
07:53cartoons
07:53one example is unprecedented increase of
07:56motorized vehicles in the city
07:58automobiles became a popular mode of
08:01transportation in the city and led to
08:03the emergence of taxis however the laws
08:07and policies implementation was mediocre
08:10this resulted in the increasing color
08:13room and unlicensed vehicles
08:15transporting people around the city the
08:18rules governing the
08:19ruins of driver's license was loose and
08:22the traffic police could not be bothered
08:24by rampant violation of traffic rules
08:27this is a direct consequence of the
08:29drastic urbanization of the Philippine
08:32society another example is what McCoy
08:38called the sexual revolution that
08:41occurred in the 1930s young people as
08:44early as that period disturbed the
08:47conservative Filipino mindset by
08:49engaging in daring sexual activities in
08:52public spaces like cinemas here we can
08:56see how that period was the meeting
08:58point between the conservative past and
09:00the liberated feature of the Philippines
09:10you
09:21lastly the cartoons also illustrated the
09:25conditions of poor Filipinos in the
09:27Philippines now governed by the United
09:29States from the looks of it nothing much
09:32has changed for example a cartoon
09:35depicted how police authorities of press
09:37petty Filipino criminals while turning a
09:40blind eye on hoarders who monopolized
09:43goods in their huge warehouses
09:45presumably Chinese merchants
09:55you
10:09the other cartoon depicts how Americans
10:12controlled Filipinos through seemingly
10:14harmless American objects by controlling
10:17their consciousness and mentality
10:19American got to control the subjugate
10:22Filipinos
10:31you
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The cartoons depict themes such as dynastic politics, patronage, urbanization, and the impact of American colonialism on Filipino society.

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The selected Philippine political caricatures highlight societal issues such as power, politics, and the impact of American colonialism on Filipino society.

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The political caricatures offer insight into the changes and challenges faced during the American era by depicting themes such as dynastic politics, patronage, and urbanization.

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The analysis of the Philippine political caricatures reveals the power of political satire in shaping public opinion and commenting on societal and political issues.

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