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Is society today better off than it was 100 years ago?
Last night, I dreamed about me living in 1900s. It was weird in a sense that why of all times, my dream transported me to late 1900s? Is there a connection of myself in the old ones? I do not remember much about this dream, but I like how the dream ended because in there I saw many prominent people and interacted with them. Although the the life is poor, but you can see the real happiness of the people.
Philippines is a blessed country with so many islands, agricultural lands, and it was surrounded by the seas and oceans left and right. You can literally live near the shore if you want since the population before is not crowded at all. The houses are big in the city, while the houses in the countryside can be transported to one place and another.
In my dream, I feel like living in the Rizal's era. I know Rizal died in 1896, only 4 years he will stepped on the 1900s. Poor soul for our national heroes. If others do not know, Jose Rizal is our national heroes because of his love for the country and his sacrifices to free us from the hands of Spaniards colonialism back then. A little bit of history, eh? What I am going to write is the difference between the current life and the old life a century ago.
Usually, their clothes are long and heavy as what you can see in the photo. It was handcraft and the machine is not yet popular back then. Is the weaving machine already invented in 1900s? The Filipino family love an extended family living in one house. It means the grandparents, your parents, aunts, uncles, and your cousins are all living together. Their clothes are all European inspired like skirts, slacks, shirts, and dresses.
However, what makes it unique is the textile used to weave their clothes because it can only be found in countryside. I think most of the women knew how to weave because that is a part of women's work and job at home. The life in 1900s is somehow similar in the current times because there are still extended family. But this time, only grandparents stay at homes. Right now, we can just buy clothes in the market, mall, and online shop.
It is widely popular that early Filipinos loved carving so much. Most of their carvings are religious-based like Anitos. Anitos are depending on what god it symbolizes and usually they used woods for making it. There are so many rituals done and performed by different tribes according to their beliefs. But I know it is way different right now.
Our modern arts are wide, strong, and developed unlike before. It was easy to paint because the tools and materials can be bought easily, while in 1900s, you have to make your own. Although you can buy some materials, but it is pricey. Only the rich people can afford it. But looking back, how I wish the Philippines Peso has much value than right now. Poor us!
As you all know, the cement houses are not yet popular back then especially the tiles. Only the rich families can afford to build mansion made with cement and rocks. On the other hand, the ordinary and poor families can just afford to build a lightwood made houses commonly known as bahay-kubo. Bahay kubo is a popular house date back in 1900s and I believe there are still people using it in the countryside especially the tribes.
Compare today, we have various modern and architectural houses. There are even smart houses that can be controlled by the remote and voice activation. How powerful it is, right? What I loved houses in 1900s is the comfortability and it is refreshing even though there is no electricity. People are happy. People can stay in their humble abode and invite friends to come by. Would you live in 1900s?