Princess Urduja

n the late 19th Century, Jose Rizal, national hero of the Philippines, who was also a respected scholar but who did not have access to William Henry Scott's sources, speculated that the land of Tawalisi was in the area of the northern part of the Philippines, based on his calculation of the time and distance of travel Ibn Battuta took to sail to China from Tawalisi. In 1916, Austin Craig, an American historian of the University of the Philippines, in "The Particulars of the Philippines Pre-Spanish Past", who also did not have access to the sources relied upon by William Henry Scott, traced the land of Tawalisi and Princess Urduja to Pangasinan. However, the sources relied upon by William Henry Scott was very limited and not definitive; he did not do substantive archaeological work in Pangasinan or a more detailed study of Pangasinan history. Philippine school textbooks used to include Princess Urduja in the list of great Filipinos. In the province of Pangasinan, the capitol building in Lingayen is named "Urduja Palace". A statue of Princess Urduja stands at the Hundred Islands National Park in Pangasinan.
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