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Rizal Veneration Without Understanding

Rizal Veneration Without Understanding

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Rizal Veneration Without Understanding Review by Stephen R. Chua
Rizal Veneration Without Understanding Review by Stephen R. Chua

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Published by: Stephen Chua on Jul 17, 2012
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Stephen R. ChuaBSEE5ASubject: Rizal 513 EEInstructor: Mr. Albert G. Romero
Article Review of “Veneration Without Understanding” Written byRenato Constantino
The article "Veneration Without Understanding" by Renato Constantino made a veryremarkable and thought-provoking ideas to the reader, be it a Rizalist or anti-Rizalist, or even Ithat is positioned in neutrality with regards to the topic.The article, though was written independently as a single article that can stand on its own,is included in the
 Dissent and Counter-Conciousness
in its Chapter 9.Pre-judging the article by its title alone, and pre-knowing that the article talks aboutRizal, one can make an early conclusion or can form in mind that the article has an anti-Rizalist'sview. Why not, because
veneration without understanding 
seems to portray Filipinos hailing and proclaiming and venerating somebody, without due knowledge of who was it that they werevenerating, or why they were venerating it at all. The title seems to say that there is thissomething that the Filipinos proclaim without having a full glimpse of it first;
blind worshippers
,says the article. Having those early impressions on mind makes the following persons as theyread it:Anti-Rizalists might start with deep satisfaction, but later with deep questions.Rizalists might read it first with full aggression, or might not read it at all.But all these persons might have a change of view after reading the article, or may findthe article helpful in making their views stronger, and now with basis. I, after reading the article,found it written unbiased, which lets the reader conclude on his own. The author just let himself  be a guidance by providing the facts of what has happened, minutely sharing his thoughts on it,
 
 but does not imposes his opinion too much aggressively. The article, in behalf of the author,should not be censored at all because it does not provide a single view of its own.The article does not tackle the negativities of Rizal alone, nor does it fully acclaim him.All that the article contains are well selected facts that can be found on other books and journals,and simple persuading-but-not-designed-so hypothetical ideas. The author did not claim the presented statements, nor disown the idea. He formed the article by providing the pros and cons pertaining to the proclamation of Rizal as the national hero, that jointly follows his own persuading interpretations and views.All quotations stated in the article are also well given, that is, they can stand on their own.The following were the premises of the author. Statements in quotations are from thearticle itself, while ordinarily written premises were edited from the article to satisfy the overallthought of this review, together with it accompanies my own opinions:Rizal does not want revolution; a fact that he did not promote it, nor gavethat idea to his fellow Filipinos. He was quoted as saying "I cannot doless than condemn this uprising... which dishonours us Filipinos, anddiscredits those that could plead our cause...."His proclamation as the national hero therefore undergone greatquestionings as to why's and how's, even up to this present time becauseof the above quotations. This proclamation, together with its basis, is being refuted. Not to affirm so, several other reasons of why he shouldnot be the national hero also escalate. Continuous debates stirred the not-so-long-ago proclamations.Another thing that messes up the proclamation of Rizal is its origin. Theidea that the Philippines should have a national hero was initiated byGov. William Howard Taft in 1901, an American. Thereafter, acommission was formed that aims to crop up with the deserving nationalhero. And the commission ended up with an affirmation for Rizal, withfurther emphasis on why they not favored the other choices:

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