OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
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and will ask all sorts of questions about your private affairs, but that is of no consequencea he is not intrusive, he never hints at corresponding favors, and if he be invited to visit you in the capital, or wherever you may reside, he accepts the invitation reluctantly, but seldom pays the visit. If, however, an intimacy should subsequently result from this casual acquaintanceship, then the native is quite likely to be constantly begging your assistance.
a The Visayan nativea s cold hospitality is much tempered with avarice or the prospect of personal gaina quite a contrast to the Tagalog.
a On the first visit, he might admit you into his house out of mere curiosity to know all about youa whence you comea why you travela how much you possessa and where you are going. The basis of his estimation of a visitor is his worldly means; or, if the visitor be engaged in trade, his power to facilitate his hosta s schemes would bring him a certain measure of civility and complaisance.
He is fond of, and seeks, the
It is said that these houses are so light that four men, one stationed at each corner, can lift and move them with ease. The expense incurred in building them amounts to but little in a country where bamboo and grass abound, and neither nails nor glass are used.
patronage of Europeans of position. In manners, the Visayo is uncouth and brusque, and more conceited, arrogant, self-reliant, ostentatious and unpolished than his northern neighbor. If remonstrated with for any fault, he is quite disposed to assume an air of impertinent retort or sullen defiance.
a The women are less compliant in the South than in the North, and evince an almost incredible avarice. They are excessively fond
of ornament, and at feasts they appear adorned with an amount of gaudy French jewelry, which, compared with their means, has cost them a lot of money to purchase from the swarm of Jew peddlers who invade the villages.
a If an European calls on a well-to-do Visayo, the women of the family saunter off in one direction and another, to hide themselves in other rooms, unless the visitor be well known to the family.
a If met by chance, perhaps they will return a salutation, perhaps not. They seldom indulge in a smile before a stranger; have no conversation; no tuition beyond music and the lives of the saints, and altogether impress the traveler with their insipidity of character, which chimes badly with the air of disdain which they exhibit.
a I stayed for some months in an important Visayan town, in the house of an European who was married to a native woman, and was much edified by observing the visitors who WOMEN hulling RICE. came from the locality.
In mauling the rice, each stroke is given on time, so that the sound produces an agreeable musical rhythm, which, in the country 'Tlio 6 a i mrac
districts, can be heard in all directions, especially after night, as the people prepare their staple food. J- ne oeiiora, WHO Wdl
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