Today I went to Las Pinas to retrieve a package sent by Sra. Elizabeth Medina from Chile that I was expecting for weeks. Why it ended up in Las Pinas’ post office is something no one can seem to explain.
I can’t thank Sra. Medina enough, she has always been supportive and kind to this young aficionado of Filipino history. This time going out of her way to send me a copy of a book she wrote in 1998 for the centennial celebration.
Her book, “Rizal According to Retana: Portrait of a Hero and a Revolution” was published in 1998 for the centennial celebration. Although NCCA agreed to publish the book, she went ahead and published the book herself. “Because of institutional bureacracy, NCCA would never have it out by June (centennial month)… the centennial has to be greeted by this book”.
It was in her own words, “a small gift to Inang Bayan” . I believe it is a valuable contribution to our Rizaliana that must be made available to Filipinos everywhere because while Retana’s work was significant (the first and most cited Rizal biography), he could not be read by our generation because he wrote for his generation – the Spanish Filipinos of his time.. Ms. Alaras, head of Centennial celebration for NCCA said, “Medina was doing what Rizal did to Morga’s”. And I absolutely agree. I’m done reading a couple of chapter and I’m really impressed with her book, she made Retana’s work easy to digest.
More on this major Rizaliana book after I’m done reading… ^_^