Jose Rizal, our national hero was one of the Filipinos who asked for reformsduring the Spanish era. This was one of his best contributions in building our nation. These reforms will grant the ultimate dream of the reformists; assimilation. Filipinoswill be given the rights that they deserve. Rizal choose to seek for reforms than tostart a revolution because he knew that Philippines was not yet ready to stand onits own (during his time). Rizal used his liberal ideas in asking for reforms 5. Although Rizal hadrevolutionary ideas, he was not for armed revolution per se. He was more for thegradual and peaceful one. One that is catalyzed by the education of the Filipinopeople.
He reasoned out that when subject people are educated, intelligent, and havebecome aware of their human rights, they would have self-determination and they would strive to be free from their mother country. When this revolution happens,drastic changes will occur in the political, economical, social, religious, andintelligence sphere of a society paving the way for its independence someday.
Rizal reasoned out that when subject people are educated, intelligent, andhave become aware of their human rights, they would have self-determination andthey would strive to be free from their mother country. When this revolutionhappens, drastic changes will occur in the political, economical, social, religious,and intelligence sphere of a society paving the way for its independence someday.Even though Rizal did not actually support the revolution, we can say that healso contributed in this revolution. His works and writings were the corner stone of the revolution and he was indeed an inspiration for the Katipuneros during thosetimes. Rizal’s life was devoted to his country (Philippines).
1.Rizal shows his concern for a world community. This new order consists of nations which reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women . the nations would establish conditions of justice, social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom . the people would practice tolerance , live together in peace and maintain good relations among themselves 2.
3 “To the Filipino Youth” does carry a very strong one; strong enough to persuade those who are to be persuaded-the Filipino youth themselves. As one of those individuals, I could really feel the nationalistic spirit within me glow brighter the moment I finished reading the poem. It was like telling me that I am one of the existing hopes of our dear country and that through my abilities, expertise and knowledge of things, I am capable of protecting its freedom against oppressive forces that may come through.
Furthermore, it was like telling me that together with my fellow youths, I am responsible for preserving the Philippines as a nation not for the foreigners but for me and the rest of the Filipinos. Finally yet most importantly, as to the sincerity of the poem, I can really consider “To the Filipino Youth” as indeed a work from the heart-no pretense, no plasticity and no sort of hidden motives. I can tell it so based on what I felt when I was reading the poem and the emotions that were expressed on each of the poem’s line. The fact that it came out during the Spanish era was also another thing that made me think that way.
1. If you don’t have a good EDUCATION system, your MOTHERLAND is lacking in luster. the KEY is that RIZAL isn’t praising the Filipino education system … he’s describing an ideal system and IS VERY CAREFUL NOT TO SUGGEST that it’s the one he came out of.
2. The first step carrying out his education philosophy is depends on mother. Rizal appealed to all mothers to do their best in educating their children. Love for honor, sincere and firm character, clear mind , clean conduct, noble action, love for one’s fellowmen, respect for God. The country should not expect honor and prosperity so long as the education of the child is defective.
During the Spanish regime, we can say that only few Filipinos have the capability or have the courage to fight the perpetrators. Among this few brave men, why Rizal stood out and became our national hero although they have done the same thing for the country – to free us from the Spaniards.
Before we compare Rizal from other heroes, let us first look at his background. As we all know, Rizal came from a middle class family and if they will be compared to other Filipinos, we can say that they are wealthy. They rent a land in Calamba, Laguna by which they get their money for their expenses including the money for Rizal’s education. He studied in various schools in Manila like Ateneo and Letran. Not only that, he also pursue his study abroad especially in Spain. During his stay in various places like Germany, France, Belgium and etc. he met many scholars and friends who helped him pay the fee for printing his know famous novels, the Noli me Tangere and the El Filibusterismo. These two books are important during the first revolution in Asia because it is the eye opener for the Filipinos that this is now the right time to fight for their independence.
The books of Jose Rizal showed the real situation of the Philippines during the time of the Spaniards. This is also related to what happened in Calamba where their land and properties where forcefully taken by the Spanish authority along with other Filipino families. This also represents the struggle of the nation against the abuse of the colonizer.
Even though death awaited him if he will return to the Philippines, still he chose to go back to the Philippines because the real battle was in his homeland not in the Spain. He was exiled to Dapitan where he experienced one of the colorful chapters of his life. It is a good example that there is hope for every small town in the country. He taught children and still manages to identify species of different newly discovered organisms.
To sum it all up, Rizal is different from other Filipino heroes because he fought in a different manner. He left a legacy, his writings and especially the two books, and he fought with his pen. He chose to return to his motherland rather than to be safe in Spain or in other country maybe because he wanted to share the pain his country have. Even the Katipuneros wanted to save him from execution but he refuse. The fact that he accepted death without hesitation, for me this showed how he really wanted to open the eyes of every Filipino that we should fight for our freedom. If his death is the key to spark the flame, he did it for us.