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Semitico-Phoenicians 621 BC

If we are to believe what is quoted below from the 2nd Edition Preface of Fr. Luengo book*, that the Hebrew King Solomon and King Hiram, Phoenician ruler of the city of Tyre during the reign of Solomon, both who ruled in the mid 9th century BC, sent these Semitico-Phoenicians in 621 BC, long after their respective deaths (Josiah ruled the Kingdom of Judah in 621 BC and the Kingdom of Israel had been ruled by the Samarians since 722 BC), then it is possible that they may have been carrying Jewish Rabbis with them on their voyages, especially if those voyages were for conquest, and not just trading ventures.

That would make the first religion of One God introduced into the Philippines, Bohol in particular, as Jewish, not Sabaeanism**! I need to find out more about the Eskayas religious beliefs before I accept this assumption. Email me if you have any links. But I digress and will let you draw your own conclusion from the quote below:

"The author's deeper reason to make the painstaking and expensive research in the archives and libraries in Spain, England, Rome, U.S.A., Mexico and other far-flung places is the mandate of Christ: "seek and you shall find." ... the Eureka of Archimedes, the "free at last!" of Martin Luther King and the resolution of the GOMBURZA case.

The proximate factors for writing this book: A History of the Philippines (Macrohistory) With Focus on Bohol (Microhistory) are the two doctorial theses made in Rome: The Obra Maestra of Rev. Dr. Osbaldo Mangubat Padilla of the Archdiocese of Cebu, who wrote and defended successfully his innovative thesis: The Priesthood of the Laity for the Angelicum University, and this author's doctorial thesis for the Universidad Central Complutense de Madrid, in 1968: The Formation of the diocesan Clergy in the Philippines from 1593-1898 (From the Jesuit to the Vincentian Pedagogy). The work of Dr. Osbaldo Mangubat Padilla, the first Filipino Priest to enter the Vatican Academy of Diplomacy and presently the Papal Nuncio to Panama and the author's thesis, inspired him to revisit and refocus on the beclouded and unchartered loci of Philippine History: The Facts on Bohol.

In this work, the Filipino is ushered to the factual events of national interest and concern (macrohistory) and the Boholano is brought into awareness of his genesis, nature, nurture and culture (microhistory). The author presents the microhistory focusing on Bohol and ushers the readers with a sense of history and truth to the cogent discovery and acceptance of the following:

1. That the genesis of the Ancient Boholanos is traced back to the Semitico-Phoenicians, Expert Seamen, sent by King Solomon and King Hiram in 621 B.C., whose remnants were the Eskayas of 726 A.D. still surviving during the Dagohoy Revolution. The Spaniards respectively called them "Los Tingianes, or Monteses, Serranos or Rebeldes Pulahanes", and are still living in Bohol as the "Mabansagon ug Hamiling mga Lumadnong Tomindok sa Balangay sa..."

2..." (You'll have to buy Fr Luengo's book to see the other cogent discoveries.)

The reason for the extensive quote, especially the first 3 paragraphs, is to further establish the credentials of the author and his references, and to show his motivations for writing his book. I hope I have not violated his rights reserved for so long a quote w/o his written permission nor those from Mater Dei Publications. I am especially impressed by the imperatives quoted in the first paragraph which has probably brought most of you to this web page.

My confusion in the last quoted paragraph with the dates and the rulers reigns may be due to the fact that I have not had the access to the Vatican's archives that the author has had, only having the standard historical and biblical references available to the general public. Knowing him personally, I have great respect for the Fr Luengo's scholarship, else I'd not be basing my web pages on his works...Joey Tabaco 

* Luengo, Josemaria S., A History of the Philippines: A Focus on the Christianization of BOHOL (1521-1991), Copiague, NY: Mater Dei Publications, Tubigon, Bohol, Oct 1991, 2nd Ed, Nov 1992, IMPRIMATUR, NIHIL OBSTAT, CENSOR LIBRORUM

** Sabaeanism - Terminology used in the Bahá'í Faith for the post-Adamic, pre-Abraham/pre-Jewish religions based on One God, from the ancient Semitic people who inhabited SW Arabia in the kingdom of Saba circa 800 BC to 600 AD.

Fr. Josemaria Salutan Luengo is the self-appointed and co-adopted chaplain of the Tabaco Family. It is to him and his established Mater Dei College, Formation Center and Mission House, and the Salus Institute of Technology in Tubigon, Bohol, Philippines 6329, that this page is dedicated. Fr. Luengo recommends that his books can be bought on-line at

The purpose of this page is to inform the users of the website of the heritage of their ancestors and to enlighten their knowledge that richly extends way before the Americans, Spaniards and Christianity.

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