The Philippine revolution, the first of its kind in Asia, opened the floodgates of liberation against Western imperialism. More than physical bondage, it aimed to break the chains of mental captivity. When a people reach these heights.
Oh, sure they know who he is, what he did, but do they give a hoot about the ideals he lived and died for? The youth know the comic character Mulawin who is now on TV, better than Rizal. Thank President Arroyo and her spin doctors for coming up with what is probably the only thing most people can sincerely thank the Arroyo administration for: Both John Kenneths i.
For the major part of that long, long bus trip, I have little recollection, except throwing up somewhere after Bgy Vitali, some 70 kms.
Except perhaps for the electric lamp posts and occasional jeepney, it could very well have been the same town that Rizal was exiled in for three years late in the nineteenth century. I remember being very moved now remember, I was a boy of 11, and even then, not a very impressionable one when we visited the Rizal shrine which had replicas of his residence, clinic and other structures.
Here, you could almost see him sauntering around as he went about his daily rounds. Here, it is said he would often retire when he was in distress or just plain courting the muse for perhaps another poem.
Alas, it was to take another lifetime, or 29 years to be exact, before I was able to visit the Shrine City again during the Centennial Trek to Dapitan as part of the media pool covering the event. To mark the hundred years since his execution in Bagumbayan, the Department of Tourism and local governments in Regions 9, 10 and 11 embarked on a grand caravan from Cagayan de Oro to Dapitan.
Picking up more and more participants as we got nearer the shrine city, the caravan had grown to over a hundred vehicles by the time we reached our destination. I was very excited when we finally got to Dapitan in the late afternoon. I suggested we do a stand upper at the church belfry and they agreed.
Mai-mai had no problem going up the last step up the old bell tower, a rickety wooden ladder which went almost straight up, what with her kimona, bakya and all. Ditto with Cocoy who was toting his heavy ENG camera besides.
But 29 years is indeed a lifetime as I found myself shaking, BP rising and nerves fraying as I slowly made my trembling way up that wooden ladder, acutely conscious of the 29 more years it had seen since I was last here, as well as the appoximately one hundred extra pounds now strapped to my middle aged frame.
I finally made it to the top and it was as magnificent as ever. Dapitan was still that in many ways, the trappings of progress notwithstanding.
There were a lot of new surprises in this centennial caravan: Five years after the Centennial caravan, I again had the occasion to visit Dapitan when I was assigned to work in nearby Dipolog for about five months. The net effect has been to make it look like a Little Alcatraz.
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Yet Philippine hero Dr. Jose Rizal is often called the “pride of the Malay race.” Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, for instance, has . Pertamanya, Mong Palatino telah menyatakan: “If asked about their race, most Filipinos would identify as being Malay. Filipinos are taught in schools to be proud of their Malay heritage and encouraged to strengthen their ties with other Malays in Southeast Asia.”.
More than licensed non-government organizations in Malaysia are planning to mobilize 30, people on September 16 to protect and promote Maruah .