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Rizal at kalabaw

Carabaopuwede raw ipalit ang puwesto sa Luneta, sabi ni Freddie Aguilar. Disappointed ako kay dating idol. Bakit hindi rin ipagpalit si Bonifacio sa isang kambing, doon sa Monumento? Sa bagay, sabi ng mga iilang nasyonalistang Pilipino na hindi raw tunay na bayani si Rizal, si Bonifacio lang. Sabi pa nga ng isang Pilipino teacher namin, binakla ni Rizal ang rebolusyon sa El Filibusterismo. Mali! Nagbigay lamang siya ng warning (link) kung anong maaring mangyari kung idaan sa karahasan lamang! Si Rizal at Bonifacio, magkakilala iyan sa Liga Filipina noong araw.

At malamang hindi naging rebolusyonaryo si Bonifacio kung hindi niya nakilala si Rizal. Siguro iyong mga ideya ni Rizal, naging inspirasyon sa kanya pero mas ginawa lang niyang bagay sa taongbayan. Atenista si Rizal at Mabini. Nagsulat si Propesor Xiao Chua (link) tungkol sa Diwa ng Katipunan – Kapatiran, Kabutihang-Loob, Kaginhawaan, Kalayaan. Para sa akin halata itong pangkontra sa mga ikinatatakutan ni Rizal o ni Padre Florentino sa El Filibusterismo – na ang mga inapi noon, maaring maging mga mang-aapi ngayon. 1891 lumabas ang El Fili, 1892 itinayo ang Katipunan.

Bakit kaya merong Ten Commandments? Alalahanin natin ang istorya ni Moses. Ano kaya ang mga ginagawa ng mga Hudyo sa desyerto noong umakyat siya sa bundok? Alam natin na sinasamba nila ang isang gintong guya (baka) – pero baka lahat na ng bawal sa Ten Commandments ginagawa din nila kaya iyon ang nakasulat doon. Huwag mag-shabu, sabi ni Tatay Digong sa mga Pilipino! Iyong mga nasa Kartilya ni Jacinto (link) mga ideyal na baka hindi rin ginagawa ng marami…  XI huwag mong tignan ang babae bilang libangan lamang… huwag libangan lang ha, mga kapatid!

Walang taong perpekto, kahit na si Secretary Perfecto Yasay. Walang taong santo. Tulad ng isang babaeng nagsabi sa akin na hindi raw siya santa, hindi kapani-paniwala iyon, santita na iyon. Ako hindi ko rin gaanong gusto iyong ginagawang mga banal ang mga bayani, kahit may estatua na sila sa pedestal. Alam natin na normal na tao rin si Rizal. Palabiro pa nga. Bakit kaya nagkataong Tabo ang pangalan ng barkong nasa Pasig sa mismong simula ng El Filibusterismo? Marami sigurong sobrang nasindak kay Rizal kaya siguro gusto siyang tanggalin sa pedestal niya ngayon.

Siguro kung siya mismo ang nakatayo doon (at nakasimento pang hindi makagalaw) hindi siya magiging komportable. Normal na bata tinuruan niya sa Dapitan, Mindanao. Hindi siya matapobre. Kung ganyan siya hindi siya gagalangin nila Bonifacio. Tila mas may pagkakaisa ang iba’t-ibang Pilipino noon. Sa bagay, wala pang mga subdivision para sa mayaman at slum para sa mahirap. Kastila lang ang nakatago sa loob ng pader ng Intramuros. Pilipino na ang gumawa ng bakuran sa nakaraang 120 na taon – para ituring na iba ang kapwa Pilipino. Ngayon “pusher ako” ang uso.

Irineo B. R. Salazar, München, 17 Hunyo 2016

13 comments to Rizal at kalabaw

  • MannAquino Goodroad

    Edit..never before given luminosity….

  • MannAquino Goodroad

    Like the causal relationship between Rizal and Bonifacio, how the brilliance of one had shown on the alacrity of the other. A great insight never before luminosity….

    Thank you..
    Ireneo

  • sonny

    PiE, this is just a topical marker: social, political and economic emergence of an operational middle class was an imperative to hit the ground running immediately after the WW2. From 1946 to 1972 is the period we tried democratic governance. Wanted: a cogent social, political and economic historical narrative for the 26 years to provide a definitive and useful pathology of the martial law years for our PH millennials and succeeding generations.

    • Manong Sonny you are an eyewitness of that period…

      would be nice if you could contribute a witness account (c) MRP.

    • karlgarcia

      You could do it Uncle Sonny. Start where we left of,The commonwealth Army.
      Our mini conversations of your dad’s encounter with the Huks. Stories of your uncles and stories from your uncles and cousins.

      • There are so many aspects which are hard to put in context without knowing the real-life context:

        1) the Roxas-Osmeña conflict at war’s end
        2) the Hukbalahap insurrection and Magsaysay
        3) recovery after that and crisis before Marcos

        Provincial warlordism and oligarchic democracy, Manila growing and then massive migration to the USA…
        How the movement of people to defuse the Huk conflict finally led to the conflict in Mindanao…

        • Karl, I would also welcome some real-life contextual comments from you on the three parts of the Teleserye… Edsa Again, I’m Sorry and Edsa Traffic.

          You were in the Philippines when all of that happened, my view is simply news + Internet… you may fill in some blanks that many of us still might have.

          • karlgarcia

            Will try to iinsert them in their respective blogs as we go along,or do a blog.

          • karlgarcia

            reply maybe in the spam filter, will try to do a blog,if not just comment on the respective blog.

            Ps

            Uncle Sonny,I hope you oblige to our request,at least there is already an outline.

            Bill in Oz,if your already healed,you may add to the global approach of the blog.
            Your knowledge in history and economics is a big plus.

            A liitle bit of Oz politics would not be bad,I think.

          • sonny

            Karl, Irineo I hear you loud and clear. This is not to complain: I have the data in front of me but the putting together in a cogent way, it’s like pulling teeth. Just pray I stay together first. Peace!

    • sonny

      Bonifacio v Rizal

      This is the classic formulation of a dilemma. In argumentation and debate, one must be careful not to get trapped into an either-or position unless one is ready with exit arguments to lead the opponent to a third horn of the dilemma. Always keep in mind that either-or arguments use premises that will necessarily lead to only one of two conclusions.

      Better yet to argue both-and premises. Thus, it is not Bonifacio OR Rizal but rather Bonifacio AND Rizal. In fact, there are more than Rizal & Bonifacio: there are Mabini, Jacinto, Aguinaldo, Luna, del Pilar, et al. All our heroes in fact are the many facets of the same gem, love of country.

      For our youth, we should teach Rizal’s and Bonifacio’s reasonings and include our other heroes’ insights. And demonstrate how nationalism and patriotism can be expressed in a plurality.

      I can just imagine if Filipinos were able to recognize this at the turn of the 20th century.

      • Bonifacio vs. Rizal was more of the classic masa vs. elitist debate, with history as an excuse I think. That is why I did mention at the end of the article that the lifestyles of Filipinos grew very far apart in 120 years. Forbes Park was founded in the late 1940s. Before the war there were also rich and poor, but the rich lived in their “ancestral homes” and the poor (most Filipinos) lived in bahay kubos around the 1920s.. I remember that from the mid-1970s onward middle-class subdivisions sprouted like mushrooms, just like slums grew due to people going to Manila. Slums of course basically started after World War 2, when Manila was in ruins, I have heard. And there was the major rift in Philippine leadership – Roxas vs. Osmeña. Seems the nation that had a good start with Quezon never truly recovered from the damage of World War 2. That Manila never returned to its old beauty also is a symptom of that, I think. And what is now – some parts of Metro Manila are like Singapore, others like Bangladesh. That it is extremely hard today for different groups to communicate, even imagine from what perspective the other is speaking, is no big wonder in my opinion.

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