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Primary Entity http: He writes so well, given me information I could not possibly be patient enough when reading a different history book. But then I remembered to look at it objectively and contextually. Nonetheless, this book is a pretty neat thing to keep in your shelves. Meeting , schema: That started my fascination with Rizal. It was refreshing to know the minute details and the events that happened during the course of his life and the other aspects that included it from his career,academics,even to his kinky side and the impact that he has generated in the country and around the world.
In his letters to his sister, he expostulated that while in Germany, he had a hard time learning the native tongue. Then, on a latter correspondence, he would state he had finally been able to understand everybody but that the problem was not everybody could understand him.
This is a clear example of language acquisition through exposure. As an Organizational Communication major, I have taken several units of Psycholinguistics and can summarily say that this is a normal thing, that Rizal's acquisition of various languages was boosted because he was exposed to them. Filipinos often marvel when they see that Rizal was literate in a handful of languages.
I stated earlier that I learned to see things contextually, and is important to see things that way. He was only a hardworking and ambitious individual who had the opportunity to be exposed to such languages.
Rizal worked diligently to become the man he was. This is what they fail to say. Anybody can be like Jose Rizal. I remember my History 1 class like it was only yesterday. Professor Jerome Ong handled our class superbly and presented History with a certain charm and complete knowledge that my high school history classes had been missing.
I remember learning for the first time that Aguinaldo was responsible for the deaths of several heroes, especially Andres Bonifacio. It opened my eyes and it was what prompted my love for history. Even as I child I have always been fascinated by the past and all its hidden complexities. Sorry, I digress. We proceeded on the topic of whether Rizal was rightful national hero.
Professor Ong gave us the usual Bonifacio was the leader of the revolution, he represented the masses. Rizal was an American-sponsored hero, that he was a conscious hero, the usual UP, Bonifacio-inclined speech. Then he asks us what we think. Immediately everybody was begging to agree. I could hear their assents and their outbursts at such a travesty. I too was inclined to agree. But then I remembered to look at it objectively and contextually.
It is weak to think that we should change our national hero just to fit the mold of the others around us. Nationalism, works and influence are basis for a hero, not the amount on his bank. If a majority of Filipinos are females, should the National hero be a female? I agree it should be considered, but it should not be the main point. I guess I agree with Ocampo when he said that even Bonifacio would say that Rizal is the national hero.
I do think that the Americans just solidified an already widespread belief. On Rizal being a conscious hero I ask: Does it matter? So what if he was aware and prepared for what he did? Nobody knows the truth but the man himself. If it is, it only proves that Rizal loved his country more than himself, to those saying that he did it out of vanity, I disagree. Vanity knows nothing but self-preservation.
I came out of the class determined to learn more about that topic. I clearly remember defending Rizal from one of my classmates whom I had the opportunity of sharing a bus ride home with. We spent two hours arguing about that matter on the way to Cavite where we both live, where the Bonifacio-killing Aguinaldo used to live.
It was a long ride home. I came to this PI hundred class knowing that I believed that Rizal was the rightful National hero. Now that we are ending this semester, I would just like to say that I really appreciate the way you handled this course. The way you love to question us and challenge us.
Back then, I remember believing that Rizal is the rightful National hero but I never idolized him or placed him in an unreachable pedestal. I guess it can be attributed to an event in my life that has allowed me to see him for the human being that he is. It was sixth grade I think, I had just transferred to a regular private school in Pasay from an International School near Tagaytay.
I was an English speaking kid who had a really hard time with the Filipino subject. We studied, spoke, wrote in English. We read Mark Twain, H. Wells, and a watered down version of Moby Dick. In short, we studied America.
Although, we did also have world history. Well, to be fair the majority of the students were foreigners. A few years later, I would learn that a year or two after I left, they started integrating the Filipino subject. Oh, well. I only knew him as the guy in piso, whereas my schoolmates had studied him since they were practically babies.
These were the guys I grew up studying and loving. Not when Genghis Khan and Iskandar the Great conquered the world. Not when Washington defeated the British and Lincoln abolished slavery. What did Rizal do but write books? Unfortunately, this was my line of thinking when I was younger. Of course, things changed when I went to high school and learned more substantial information about him. But I always saw him as human and nothing more. I read it in an entire day.
That started my fascination with Rizal. So when given a chance to know him better, I guess I just hungrily grabbed that opportunity. It resonates with even the obscurest of readers because it considers its audience. This is a monumental commandment in the field of communication, know your reader. What good will a treasure of information be, if no one is willing to dig it up? Fortunately for most of us common folks, we have this book.
Another thing that resonated with me is the cover of the book. Something that I found to be a double-edged sword for the book is its origin.
That it was a compilation of previously written articles proved to be both its salvation and undoing. Its salvation because it is the reason for the freshness of the book, that it was free-flowing and constantly evolving without ever losing its familiar touch.
You are constantly thinking of which Rizal gem would you uncover next. Ocampo further augments this feeling by inculcating his experiences on discoveries as well. Now, it is also its undoing because it creates inconsistencies as well. On an earlier entry you would find Ocampo watering down the achievement of Juan Luna and Felix Resurrecion-Hidalgo when they won a gold and a silver medal respectively in a Spanish contest.
Then he uses that same contest to illustrate that we have the capacity of greatness when it comes to the field of artistry. He mentions that they win medals, but fails to mention that there were numerous gold and silver medals awarded that day.
If it is any consolation, I find comfort in the fact that a Juan Luna painting is gracing the halls of the Spanish Cortez as I write this essay. What was I thinking when I read it? If anything, those tidbits and practices has done nothing but augment my endearment for him. The way you become closer to a person if you know more about him or her. I rented a room near SM North Edsa, terrified at the prospect of living alone for the first time. I just had two classes everyday and had loads of free time.
To cope with loneliness I spent most of my time in the mall, studying and reading in coffee shops and browsing through book stores.
I read to gain company. I know these are different circumstances, but it gave me a glimpse of what he must have felt during his travels. I remember walking around the mall with no idea of what I was to do, like Rizal walking aimlessly around Madrid to trick his landlady into thinking that he went out for lunch.
Another thing is missing home-cooked food, much as Rizal craved for Filipino food. We share the same passion, Rizal and I, but I never thought that we had more in common. Things like these make one more appreciative of heroes like Jose Rizal. We realize that we are what heroes are made of. Rizal was a great man, but we can all be great.
It saddens me that PI , this Rizal course is now relegated to be shelved. I think it still relevant that Rizal be compulsory studied in the future. So that even if the future generations already know that heroes such as Rizal are like them, they might also realize they are like heroes, like Rizal.
View all 8 comments. Apr 05, Jareed rated it liked it Shelves: President Taft did not choose Aguinaldo because he was too militaristic; Rizal fitted the ideal of national leader for the Filipinos. Arcilla It is worth emphasizing that unlike the designation of the Narra as the National tree, or the Mango as the National fruit, ejusdem generis, there is no law design "Jose Rizal Mercado y Alonso is the Philippine national hero because an American governor gave him that recognition.
It is worth emphasizing that unlike the designation of the Narra as the National tree, or the Mango as the National fruit, ejusdem generis, there is no law designating Rizal as the Philippine national hero. So contrary to popular belief, the post of 'THE' National Hero is, in all its actuality, lodged in a genuine debate, and not merely in a verbal one.
If you are interested in reading a more academic approach of why Rizal is worthy of being labeled as the Philippine national hero, read Leon M. Guerrero's book The First Filipino The title is not a mere designation. Rizal Without the Overcoat endeavors to present Rizal, without the overcoat, the overcoat of the European influence embossed upon this enamored persona though his European education. In some sense, this could be certainly taken as a post-colonial approach in viewing Rizal. The book is a compilation of articles Ambeth Ocampo wrote in a Philippine newspaper, which says a lot about his writings.
Ocampo's writing has been designated as 'popular history' and it is not without any grounding at all. Popular history is history writing striving for a very wide audience of non-specialists. Reading this made me feel I was going through a Rizal trivia book, it was enjoyable who doesn't love trivias? Be critical in reading Ocampo, you may just subliminally fall into his bandwagon. But is there a need to remove the overcoat? Who is Rizal but the man who sought education in the foreign shores to liberate his people?
Is he too not defined by the knowledge, motivations, social stimuli he encountered wearing that overcoat? Is the overcoat not a part of who Rizal truly is? Entirely not part of this book's review! I seem to keep reading the statement that Rizal wrote for the people, for the masses, for the 'Indios'! Rizal did not write for the masses, the two seminal novels were originally written in Spanish, a Lingua Franca known only to the Filipino landed elite, the landlords, and even to them a limited number was capable of reading.
More importantly, books were a luxury then compared to today. Noli and El Fili were inaccessible when it first came out. This review has been cross-posted at imbookedindefinitely The Philippine educational system almost did purge my love for Rizal and his works. His two novels, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo were force fed to me in high school in a dialect I have no love for. The Tagalog translations would have been approved by Rizal enthusiastically, since he wrote these books for his people and wished it would have been readable to a larger audience.
The books were originally written in Spanish, the language of the Philippine elite and colonial masters, but it w The Philippine educational system almost did purge my love for Rizal and his works.
It is funny that Cebuano, the native vernacular for a larger percentage of the Philippine population was not chosen, but instead it was the second most spoken dialect and which also happened to the patois of the capital Manila.
This was something that always rankled the Filipinos who lived beyond the capital by besides that, it was that and the way it was taught to me that almost made swore off Rizal forever. Without The Overcoat helped me discover that I may still have a little love left for the material after all. He writes about how his search for Rizal helped uncover little facts about the national hero like what he had for breakfast, his spend thriftiness and his smoking habit.
The most iconic images of Jose Rizal have him dressed in a Western style coat. The coat has come to represent how distant he has become to a new generation of Filipinos who had to endure a mangled teaching of the state required Rizal studies course in both the secondary and tertiary levels. But this helps a lot in my recovery and jumpstart a desire to read the Rizal novels again.
This time I will read them in English; a new translation was done for the th anniversary of his birth and is said to be an excellent one. Jan 02, RE de Leon rated it liked it Shelves: This collected edition of columns by the distinguished some say infamous historian Ambeth Ocampo is now among the most popular books on Rizal there are in today's market.
Which is good, because 'Overcoat' introduces you to a very human, very relateable Rizal. Most Filipinos know the basic story anyway, so if you're an average Pinoy, this is a pretty good book. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a more extensive examination of Rizal's life, you're beat off with Austin Coates' "Rizal, Phi This collected edition of columns by the distinguished some say infamous historian Ambeth Ocampo is now among the most popular books on Rizal there are in today's market.
A Biography of Jose Rizal. He's taken a subject to which the average Filipino is exposed Ad Nauseum, and actually managed to make Rizal not only interesting, but inspiring.
View all 5 comments. Oct 06, Diane rated it it was amazing Shelves: I got to share an elevator with him and had him sign my copy of Looking Back 4. He gave a lecture about the history of Philippine money and it was easily one of the best lectures of the the two days.
The lecture was both funny and informative, if you can believe a study of history can be funny. He also also uses the same technique with his writings. He's published a collection of these columns in small Looking Back books sold for 99Php. His writings are very easy to read, very witty and would not nauseate you with too many information in one essay.
This is one of the reason why he's one of the most read historian today.
I'm finished with the required 3 units of Rizal for college and sad to say that I learned more from this book than from that class. We're left, or I should say, my classmates were left with 30 minutes for actual discussion.
That is the case if he actually comes to class Overcoat contains a wide range of subject on the national hero; from the everyday stuff like what he ate for breakfast, what he read, his prescription for kulam, to the controversial subject on Rizal vs. Bonifacio for National Hero. There are also some things to be learned about other heroes such as Mabini, Aguinaldo who apparently haven't read any of Rizal's novel , Bonifacio, etc.
Its a really interesting read, especially because the articles are short and written in a manner that a simple Filipino could read. It really is like 'sitting down with a friend who shares what he has learned'.
And as what other reviewers have said, Ocampo in this book manage to make the study of Rizal interesting and new again. It was good to know that Rizal without the overcoat is human and it made him more inspiring. Oct 02, Eron Salazar rated it it was amazing. I was and is always an admirer of Rizal.
I was just in HS when Ocampo wrote his Inquirer series. And as he has fervently mentioned, schoolers and university students don't pay much attention to history lessons, more so to a "cliche" subject such as Rizal.
Before I left for abroad, my brother gave this book to me reassuring me that it is a good read. Only, I read it a year later but all it gave me is a smile in my heart towards our history, and our pride as a people. Here is a book that reassures u I was and is always an admirer of Rizal.
Here is a book that reassures us that Rizal is alive and kicking even after more than a century of his execution. The once out-of-reach Jose has now been turned into one of us. Thanks to this book! Jose Rizal is the definitive embodiment of the modern Filipino.
Except for his genius being, I see myself in his very nature - one who values family and education, one who thrifts himself only to buy what he likes best, peace-loving, humble and humorous.
I am sure most readers felt the same way. What I am sad about is the fact that Rizal's love for country has been diminished from our souls.
Though he left for Europe to be educated, he chose to come back to give back. And that what is lacking to most of us especially the overseas Filipinos.
I'm guilty as charged.
But here's hoping that the dream he had for the country will soon be realized. Only then that his death will truly achieve its essence. Jul 14, kb rated it really liked it Shelves: This showcases Ambeth Ocampo's in-depth knowledge about national hero Jose Rizal in the most reachable and understandable presentation. I read a lot of things about Rizal in this book that I have never encountered before, such as what he usually ate for breakfast, how he cope with his financial constraints during his stay in Europe, why he thought learning English shouldn't be a priority of his, among others.
View 1 comment. Apr 16, Emily Dy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Between the covers of this book, Jose Rizal suddenly comes alive. You will not hear the usual textbook stories of the moth and the flame, or that old tale of Rizal throwing his remaining slipper into the river after the first one was swept away by the currents, so that whoever finds them will have the complete pair.
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