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'Those who cannot see where

they came from will never get to
where they are going.'
Jose’s Background
■ Born to a wealthy family
■ Both parents were educated
■ Studied at Santo Thomas University in
■ Studied Philosophy and Medicine in
Spain, France and Germany
■ Wrote Noli, his first novel 1886
■ Written in Spanish
■ Means “touch me not”
■ Book is a passionate expose about the
evils of the Spanish friars in the Phils.
■ wrote a sequel in 1891, “El
Filibusterismo” (The Subversive)
In Exile
■ Came back to the Phils. at the age of
■ Exiled to Dapitan (South) in 1892
■ Early1896 - got involved with the
katipuneros- freedom fighters
■ December 1896 - executed
Rizal, 1886)
■ An introduction that Rizal wrote for Noli
■ He equates colonialism to Cancer
Noli Chapter 1
■ The Gathering
– Who are the guests?
– What kind of priest is Padre Damaso?
– Compare Franciscans and Dominicans.
– Describe the female guests.
– Who are the Indios?
– Role of a friar.
Noli Chapter 2
■ Crisostomo Ibarra
– “The Cub of a Lion will always be a lion”
– “I do not call upon inspiration to drag itself
down and to tell lies.”
– “The prosperity or misery of a people is in
direct proportion to its liberties or concerns
and consequently to the sacrifices or
selfishness of its ancestors.” (Agree or
Chapter 3
■ The Dinner
– Jele-jele bago quiere - A pidgin Spanish
Tagalog saying, meaning that one
pretends not to desire a thing which is in
reality one wants.
– Age, Dignity and Rulership
– The young blond man wrote: In the
Philippines the most useless person in a
supper or feast can be thrown out in the
street: to begin with, the master of the
house can be thrown out into the street
and everything will proceed as usual. In
the actual state of things , it is almost for
the good of the Filipinos not to be allowed
to leave the country or to be taught to read.