Thursday, July 12, 2007

Rizal and Bonifacio

Let's Start the Revolution of the Filipino Youth XXIV

Two of the most important men in our country's history are Dr. Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio. Rizal first espoused the idea of achieving independence through his writings and that in turn inspired Andres Bonifacio to start the armed struggle to gain our country's independence. Rizal came from a middle class family, Bonifacio from a poor one. But despite that, they both realized that in order for us to truly develop as a people, we must be free to make our own decisions and plans. The connection between the two heroes are exemplary because as far as I can remember the two never met. In a way, they both ensured the success of one another. Without Rizal's Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, Bonifacio would never have been inspired to found the Katipunan. Without Bonifacio's struggle, Rizal's dream of a free Philippines would not have become a reality. Rizal helped Bonifacio make up his mind and Bonifacio made sure to thank Rizal for it. Rizal's struggle became Bonifacio's own struggle, and that became a powerful force that allowed for the Philippine Revolution to start.

Today, we also need many Rizals who will inspire countless Filipinos to take up the challenge of reforming Philippine society. And we also need many Bonifacios who will truly reform our country. In this light, I am urging all young Filipinos to start writing their ideas on paper, in the Internet, and speak out wherever you maybe. And also for the others to take action and bring about the changes that our country badly needs. Start in your own homes - start the discussion with your parents, your brothers and sisters, your cousins, your grandparents, your aunts and uncles; in your school - start brainstorming with your classmates, your friends, your teachers, your administrators; and at work - start doing corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects with your officemates, your bosses, and your organization's management team. A partnership among all Filipinos can greatly re-create the synergy between Rizal and Bonifacio.

4 comments:

Karla said...

I'm not sure if this is really a fact but i heard that Bonifacio was supposed to be our National hero. Unfortunately, the Americans didn't want us to think that independence can be achieved through revolutions. Jose Rizal did it through his writing. Andres Bonifacio through his actions.

JOYME TOPINGAN said...

for me, the american is right of choosing Rizal as the Philippine national hero. A true hero will not sacrifice the life of other people but himself and that's what Rizal shown. he rather accept all the consequences of all his writings rather than letting his fellow Filipino to be killed in revolution. Rizal also saw that the Filipino that time is not ready for a great revolution to have independence co'z the Philippines has no powerful tool for war so Rizal prefer for the revolution of the mind through his writings and he succeed in that. his writings affects minds and intellect and spirit of people and awaken their minds to fight for independence in a desired way and Rizal's ideology is still right until today...he's the true hero!

JOYME TOPINGAN said...

for me, the american is right of choosing Rizal as the Philippine national hero. A true hero will not sacrifice the life of other people but himself and that's what Rizal shown. he rather accept all the consequences of all his writings rather than letting his fellow Filipino to be killed in revolution. Rizal also saw that the Filipino that time is not ready for a great revolution to have independence co'z the Philippines has no powerful tool for war so Rizal prefer for the revolution of the mind through his writings and he succeed in that. his writings affects minds and intellect and spirit of people and awaken their minds to fight for independence in a desired way and Rizal's ideology is still right until today...he's the true hero!

oceanelite1 said...

if we weigh the heroism they have made, maybe we could say Bonifacio due to the fact that he shed his blood through revolutionary actions to the invaders. Same through with Rizal.But for me, I will stand for "Rizal. why? His impact is known to everybody and a true hero wont sacrifice others. WE can say through philosophy that it cant be that a leader will just fought by himself without the coordination or else he will be dead of course. Joyme is right that the PHilippines that time has no equipments to defeat against the cannons and bombs of the colonizers. Pen is mightier than sword therefore Rizal used his mind on how to conquest those conquerors. That's just an opinion but hope you'll know that one.