THE RELIGIOUS ORDERS
The Augustinians in the Philippine Islands.
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In former years this Order had established missions in Japan, and they were very successful in making converts, but during the persecution many members of the Order lost their lives, or, as they phrase it, "attained the palm of martyrdom."
At the present time they maintain seven missionaries in the province of Hun-nan in China. In Spain they support three colleges, Valladolid, La Vid, and La Escorial. They are also in charge of the magnificent church of that extraordinary palace, and of the priceless library of which they are editing a catalogue.
The Augustinians have published a great many works, such as grammars and vocabularies of the native dialects, and many books of devotion.
One of their leading men, Father Manuel Blanco, was a most learned and laborious botanist. He collected and classified so many of the Philippine plants that the Order decided to complete his work and publish it. Fray Andres Naves and Fray Celestino Fernandez Villar, both well-known to me, worked for years at this, and were assisted by my illustrious friend H. E. Don Sebastian Vidal Soler and others.
The result is a most sumptuous and magnificent worka published in Manilaathere being four folio volumes enriched by many hundreds of coloured plates of the different trees, shrubs, orchids and lianas, most beautifully executed from water-colour paintings by D. Regino Garcia and others. This monumental book is called the 'Flora Filipina.' It received a diploma of honour at the International Colonial Exhibition of Amsterdam in 1883. The British Museum
In Parish Ministry.
Residing in the convents of Manila, Cebu, and Guadalupe.
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