Amazing! Spanish guy apologizes to Filipinos for his ancestors’ three centuries of mistakes, abuse and murder

Image by Valory Immel, Johnny Barnreuther

A man from Madrid, Spain named Jonathan “Johnny” Barnreuther visited the Philippines from April 1 to April 9, 2017. On the last day of his journey, he went to Kawit, Cavite for a special mission: to apologize for the wrong doings done by his ancestors to the Philippines.

According to his Facebook post, he gathered some of the leaders of the region together in the exact location in Cavite where the Philippines declared its Independence on June 12, 1898.

He said: “I found out that the Spaniards conquered and ruled the Philippines for over 330 years. We stole, abused and murdered.”

Countries like Japan and the U.S. have sent their leaders to the Philippines in the past to ask for forgiveness for what they have done to this country, but Spain has never sent an official leader to repent,” he added.


He held the Philippine flag as a gesture of humility and respect for the nation, then he gave the flag to the region leaders while on his knees and bowed his head.

Images by Valory Immel/Johnny Barnreuther

We all learned from history that the Philippines was under the cruel rule of Spain for over three centuries. Back then, it was like hell for most of the Filipinos because of the terrible things the colonization has brought.

Though the most recent generations do not feel the hatred anymore, we can still feel or we can see the Spanish culture deeply rooted in our own; from food, language, beliefs, and more things we can be thankful for.

Christianity, perhaps, is the most influential thing or gift they have brought to us.

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This article has gone viral and has been viewed 24058 times so far. Article originally posted: April 14, 2017, 7:55 pm (UTC-0). Last update: April 14, 2017 at 8:33 pm (UTC-0).

  • Ese tio es un imbecil. La conquista que emprendió España en todo el mundo aún por conocer es una heroicidad épica de inmensas proporciones. Aunando con ella dentro de la cultura hispana a miles de pueblos que se exterminaban entre si para simplemente comer carne.

  • Edward O’Marin

    This chap is an ignorant, not only of his own culture, but beyond. If he wanted to ask for forgivenes, he could have just walked to any of the few remaining native northamericans, who were slaughtered by the US Army instead of travelling to the Philippines allegedly in the name of a country he has renounced as soon as he changed his name. What a clown!

    • Brian Mason


  • Edward O’Marin

    Sierra Rovelo, if it is indeed true that you “[…] learned from history that the Philippines was under the cruel rule of Spain for over three centuries.” maybe it is time that you get hold of a proper History book instead of slandering a whole culture.