Feminism in the Philippines
First point: in the NATIVE Philippine language, you can't find gender discrimination, except of course for inay(mother), itay(father), ate(older sister), kuya(older brother), lolo(grandpa), lola(grandma). But for terms like siya(he/she), kaniya(his/hers), asawa (husband/wife), kasintahan(boyfriend/girlfriend), tao(man,human<---both terms masculine as if they're the only human in this world), and many many more.
Observe also that in the Western culture, there are too much gender discrimination. In fact, the French have a gender for every inanimate objects. In Spain, where we got our own version of sexism, they have the Doktora, Doktor among others to discriminate women from men.
Second point: Malakas at Maganda came out of the bamboo simultaneously. Check your copy of this epic. It just signifies that our ancestors regard men and women as equal. It's very different from what the Western religion teaches. According to the bible, man was first created by God and then later, God found out that man was lonely. And he got a rib from Adam and turned it into a woman. It was as if women were only derived from men. While Filipino epic tells us that both men and women came from nature.
Third point: We call our country "inang bayan" or Motherland not "amang bayan" or Fatherland, which is what the Westerners call their country. Fatherland of Spain. Fatherland of US. Fatherland of Japan (which is not a Western country but is sexist anyway, in fact too sexist. Read Memoirs of A Geisha). Our Juan Dela Cruz was made after the Spaniards first came. It's not even a Filipino name.
Fourth point: Spaniards used Virgin Mary to conquer our land. The native Filipinos then are easy to get affectionate to women and resulted to the capture of their hearts by the Spaniards.
Fifth point: Early Filipino men court the women by singing at them during the night which we call "harana." And then do the water-fetching and doing hard things to get the sweet reply of their mahal.
Sixth point: Observe how Waray-Waray (it's not Waray, it's Waray-Waray) women behave. They are very much into fighting if they got irritated by someone. They'll really defend their rights and would not stop fighting until they get what they want. That's a pretty modern woman, don't you think? But the women in the Philippines were already like that long, long ago, before the Spaniards came.
Seventh point: Women were the first to hold protest against the Spaniards. Recall the Women of Malolos. Jose Rizal even wrote about it and became the first author of the book discussing feminism.
Eighth point: It's OK for us to have a woman President. Unlike in western countries which have not even seen a woman President or Prime Minister as their rulers except those who have Queens. Prime Minister Thatcher of England came out only when there's a new trend which they call "modern women."