Screen in the background: ‘Bagumbayan, December 30, 1896’. Sound of marching drums fadein. Jose Rizal is blindfolded and has his hands tied behind his back. He faces a firing squad of Spanish soldiers. A friar is reading a prayer book and giving his last blessing to Rizal.
SPANISH OFFICER: Alto!
Spanish soldiers aim at Rizal whose back is to the soldiers.
SPANISH OFFICER: Fuego!
The soldiers fire at Rizal who turns around and gets shot in front. He falls facing the sky. Drumsare played as scene fades out.
Screen flashes in the background: ‘Ateneo de Manila, March 1877. It is the old Ateneo Muncipal de Manila. Fr. Pablo Ramon, S.J., Rector of the Ateneo, is on an elevated platform. It is Rizal’sHigh School Graduation. Ramon is making an announcement in front of the whole student body.
RAMON: And last but not least, Valedictorian with straight
and the winner of theDrama contest for his play
Consejo de los Dioses
, Jose Rizal Alonso.
Applause. Rizal ascends platform.
RAMON: Enhorabuena, Pepe.RIZAL: Gracias, padre.
The family--parents and relatives hug Rizal. Friends and students gather around Rizal after thegraduation to congratulate him. A lot of improvised chatting. As they exit:
FRIEND 1: Congratulations for the high marks, Pepe. Where are you going to university?RIZAL: Sto. Tomas.FRIEND 2: What will you be taking?RIZAL: Medicine.
Lights fade out slowly as Rizal , family and friends exit, chitchatting.
Screen fades in: ‘July, 1881. University of Sto. Tomas’. Rizal is on a lectern reciting his prize-winning poem “A la juventud filipina”. The poem may be read by the actor in its entirety or portions of it. It might be a good idea to start off in Spanish for the first few verses then in itsEnglish translation, then end in Spanish again. The following free English translation is my attempt to make the poem more contemporary:
Alza tu tersa frente,