The Enduring Hoax of Princess Urduja

For more than 300 years, the Philippines became the subject of world powers. It started with Spain, then the United States, and briefly with Imperial Japan. Having spent centuries under someone else’s rule, it’s understandable that modern Filipinos long for their precolonial past. People want to know what it was like before the arrival of the Spaniards and feel for themselves the culture untouched by Western influences.