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    RIZAL: WHAT MADE HIM OUR HERO?

    Heroes. Have you ever wondered their significance to our nation? How do they mean to us? What makes a person a hero? Who decides to make someone a hero?  These questions entail that ‘hero’ is more than a four-letter word; that it has a thousand meanings to the people whom the hero symbolizes. Thus, it begs us to understand how someone becomes a hero and, in the case of Dr. Jose Rizal, a national hero. When we start schooling, we are acquainted of the noble qualities of someone who has shown heroism and who has given significant contributions to our land. As our teachers and society inculcate us patriotism, they…

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    8 Charming Facts About Gen. Gre-“gorgeous” del Pilar that will surely make you love him more!

    While everyone celebrates the monumental success of the biopic, Heneral Luna, history buffs and fan girls are looking forward to the showing of another biopic – this time, about “Boy General” Gregorio del Pilar. Image Source: fb.com/JuanNationalist We, too, are excited for it. That’s why we’ve written some interesting facts about our #Baeyani Gregorio del Pilar. Image source: fb.com/Ambeth-R-Ocampo Gregorio del Pilar was the nephew of the prolific writer, Marcelo H. del Pilar Image source: fb.com/HenLunaMemes While an article already explained why youth often confuse General Antonio Luna to be his brother Juan, it seems that no one has ever explained the Marcelo-Gregorio confusion (yet). Aside from their similar surnames,…

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    3 Facts About the Luna Brothers

    It is quite disappointing that some of those who watched Heneral Luna had more than one question left in mind –“Why was Apolinario Mabini seated in the entire film?” and “Why did the film directors depicted Luna as a general when he was a painter?” – Questions suggesting that some have been skipping their History classes or have forgotten to read books. These questions also signify the dire need of historical movies and biopic in this period when kids spend most of their time playing video games and watching television series. These movies can, at least, give them bits and pieces of historical lessons they can refer to when their…

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    Get to know the 10 Most Outstanding Young Filipinos of 2015!

    For the past 54 years, the Junior Chamber International – Philippines has undertaken the search for The Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (TOYM), a select elite group of individuals who have shown selfless dedication for their work, passion for excellence and compassion towards the communities they belong. It is by far, the biggest, and most coveted award recognizing excellent individuals from ALL FIELDS of profession or trade. TOYM seeks to give national recognition to young men and women whose selfless dedication to their profession or vocation has resulted in significant contributions to the welfare of the country. How are the awardees chosen? The JCI receives hundreds of nominations every…

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    15 Underrated But Eye-Opening Movies You HAVE to Watch

    I am not sure if you will agree with me, but I think we’re knee deep into the era of superhero blockbusters, where Hollywood continues to churn out movies that are largely indistinguishable from one another (the same thing can be said about many books… though there are really epic reads). Well, there’s reason behind this seemingly tawdry trend in film: certain types of movies are guaranteed to make a profit, as their goal is to entertain and more importantly show you something they know you will like, mostly because you already liked it before and are likely to go see the next movie that resembles it. You go to…

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    Antonio Luna: Infamous General, All-Around Badass, Hero

    General Antonio Luna (not Juan Luna, he’s his brother, and Juan’s the painter) is undoubtedly one of the most admired Philippine heroes (probably due to the popular biofilm “Heneral Luna” released in 2015). He is a soldier, a chemist, a war strategist, a journalist, a pharmacists, and a hot-headed General. Unfortunately for Luna, the Philippines’ first president – the ruthless Emilio Aguinaldo – perceived him as a threat.  As a result, Antonio Luna died not on the battlefields of the Philippine/American War, but on the streets of Cabanatuan. But if there’s one thing that General Antonio Luna is most famous for other than his assassination, that would be his temper.…

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    EL Filibusterismo: In Brief

    El Filibusterismo is the second novel written by Jose Rizal and it is the sequel to the 1887 “Noli Me Tangere.” Also known as El Fili in Filipino, the novel was published in 1891 in Ghent, Belgium. It was shipped to the Philippines via Hong Kong and many of the copies were confiscated before reaching the Philippine shore. ‘El Filibusterismo’ was thereafter serialized in El Nuevo Regimen in Madrid and translated into Filipino, other Philippine dialects, English, German, Japanese and French. The Plot Summary Set thirteen years after Crisostomo Ibarra, the main character in ‘Noli Me Tangere,’ left the Philippines, a mysterious jeweler named Simoun returns to the Philippines on…

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    The Life, Works, and Legacy of Dr. Jose P. Rizal

    Jose Rizal, a true nationalist and a polymath. Rizal was a man of incredible intellectual power. He is a doctor, painter, sculptor, architect, novelist, poet, sociologists, polyglot, and a lover among others. The Life of Young Pepe On June 19, 1861, Francisco Rizal Mercado and Teodora Alonzo y Quintos welcomed their seventh child into the world at Calamba, Laguna. They named the boy Jose Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda. The Mercado family were wealthy farmers who rented land from the Dominican religious order. Descendants of a Chinese immigrant named Domingo Lam-co, they changed their name to Mercado (“market”) under the pressure of anti-Chinese feeling amongst the Spanish colonizers. From…

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    Noli Me Tangere: A Summary

    Noli Me Tángere is a fictional novel written by José Rizal, one of the national heroes of the Philippines, during the colonization of the country by Spain to expose the inequities of the Spanish Catholic priests and the ruling government. Originally written in Spanish, the book is more commonly published and read in the Philippines in either Filipino or English. Together with its sequel, El Filibusterismo, the reading of Noli is obligatory for high school students throughout the country. The title is Latin for “Touch me not”, and is taken from John 20:17 in the Bible, where a newly-risen Jesus admonishes a bewildered Mary Magdalene: “Touch me not; for I…

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    Andres Bonifacio In Brief: The Life and Legacy of the Supremo

    The present nationalist movement can be heard chanting Bonifacio’s name and battlecry: “Rebolusyon ni Bonifacio, Isulong mo, Bagong Tipo” [Bonifacio’s Revolution, Push for it Anew!. There are also groups calling for the declaration of Andres Bonifacio as the legitimate National Hero of the country. Indeed, there is much controversy revolving around the persona of Andres Bonifacio. But who is he? What’s his legacy? Is he really the country’s ultimate national hero? Bonifacio’s Birth and Early Life Born on 30 November 1863, Andres is the son to Santiago, a tailor, a local politician, and a boatman, and to Catalina de Castro, a worker at the cigarrera (cigar factory). The couple worked…