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of the men one meets in similar vocationsalaw, medicine, business, etc.ain Europe or America/a
Graduates of the university have naturally betaken themselves to the only careers open to them under the political conditions in which they were to live; viz., law, medicine, and the Church. Among the lawyers, Professor Semper remarked thirty years ago, were to be found advocates worthy to be compared with the best in Spain. But on account of the anti-modern spirit which prevailed at the university up to a recent period, and the repression of free intellectual activity in the Islands, there was neither opportunity nor inducement for ambition to undertake studies in the scientific, social, and political subjects which have been fashionable in Europe, but which might have had dangerous consequences in the Philippines. Nevertheless the influence of literary and professional Filipinos who had been educated at Manila and in Europe was very marked in recent political history of the Islands.
All competent observers have remarked that the Filipinos have a natural aptitude for instruction, the children being mentally quick. Many Tagalogs can speak several languages, and the English used by representative Filipinos in the United States is noticeable for its idiomatic excellence. Their capacity for one branch of elementary culture is shown by the fact that they knew how to read and write, with alphabets of their own, when they were first discovered by Europeans.
aFilipinos have filled chairs of chemistry, botany, medicine, and pharmacy at the university. The draftsmanship of the atlas of the Philippines, recently published by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, was the work of Filipino draftsmen under the direction of P. Josea Filipinos have filled chairs of chemistry, botany, medicine, and pharmacy at the university. The draftsmanship of the atlas of the Philippines, recently published by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, was the work of Filipino draftsmen under the direction of P. Jose