Media’s going loco over Rizal’s 150th birthday. The last time we had something similar to this was during the centennial.
I think this is good. Rizal is Rizal. Who doesn’t recognize the name. It’s everywhere. His life message is what we need to bring closer to our young people.
I’ll never forget reading Leon Ma. Guerrero’s “The First Filipino”,arguably the best bio on the hero. He captured the time, place, emotion – everything about Pepe Rizal. His work changed how I look at Rizal -he was extraordinary not because of how he died but how he lived.
The book was a gift from a friend (who’s now back in his native Cotabato I believe) His uncle is Mr. Badoy of NHI.
Guerrero’s bio is like Soledad Locsin’s English translation of Rizal’s novel. They did justice by writing without covering up the true Rizal. No one will ever write as good as these men and women when it comes to Rizal because they grew up in the hispano filipino culture and tradition before it was lost.
I wish that other heros, yes, those perilously close to being forgotten can one day get the same attention Rizal is getting. Rizal is awesome but it wouldn’t hurt if we can celebrate with the same enthusiasm the other important dates in the lives of the our lesser known heroes.