IO THE INHABITANTS OF THE PHILIPPINES
possesses a copy, but unfortunately most of the work was destroyed by fire in the bombardment of the Convent of Guadalupe during the war.
However, the widow of Senor Vidal, now Mrs. Amilon of Philadelphia, still has some copies to dispose of.
I hope that what I have said about the Augustinians will show that they are not the lazy and unprofitable persons they are sometimes represented. The same may be said of the Dominicans.
The Augustinians were followed, after an interval of seven years, by the Franciscans, four years after that by the Jesuits, six years after the Jesuits came the Dominicans.
Last of all came the Recollets, or bare-footed Augustinians.
The following Table gives the numbers of friars of the five religious orders in the Philippines, at the dates mentioned, taken from their own returns. The first column gives the dates of the first foundation of the Order, the second the date of its arrival in the Archipelago. The other columns give the statistics of baptisms, marriages and deaths, taken from the parish registers.
Statement of the Population Administered by the Religious Corporations and Secular Clergy in the Philippines, 1896.
Year of Foundation or Revival. Year of Arrival. Corporation. Towns. Provinces. Friars. Baptisms. Marriages. Burials. i e
395\ 1061/ 1532 I208 I2l6 1534 I570 1606 15 77 1587 1581 Augustinians. Recollets Franciscans . Dominicans . Jesuits* . Secular ) Clergy / Total . 203 194 153 69 33 16 20 15 IO 6 310 192 455 206 167 1,330 98,731 56,259 38,858 27,576 i5,302f 20,355 1,439 11,927 7,307 2,017 83,051 40,008 35,737 32,336 4,937 1 2,082,131 11,175,156 1,010,753 699,851 191,493 967,294
* Expelled in 1768. Readmitted, 1852, for charge of schools and missions, f Of these 4x0a were baptisms of heathen in 1896.
N.B.aThe population of the Islands according to the census
Probable Christian population, 1899 .... 8,000,000Probable Christian population, 1899 .... 8,000,000