Last Journey of Ninoy Review

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The Eternal Legacy of Ninoy's Last Journey

Remember Los Viajes (The Travels) written by Dr. Jose P. Rizal? It is a perilous and exciting travels of Rizal across the globe before he returned to Philippines and captive by Spaniards, same as the film which we chosen to be similar to our topic, Social Influence. People were lavish with praise for Ninoy and the very well-made documentary (directed by Jun Reyes and produced by Unitel) about him. We shared our awe and admiration for this man, whose visage we knew quite well from the P500 bill, but whose life remained a bit of a mystery to our young memories. What did we really know about him? We weren’t even born when he was assassinated. The Last Journey of Ninoy is an important film that introduces him to a new generation. It follows him on his return to Manila (reenacted by Bam Aquino) and pieces together Ninoy’s life from his humble beginnings to his tragic death. Narrated from Ninoy’s point of view and interviews of his beloved wife Cory supplemented by photos and TV clips, we see that Ninoy was truly an exceptional and inspiring man.

Hard-working, immensely intelligent, passionate, prayerful and noble, he dedicated his life to public service and, in the latter years of his life, took a stand against the death of democracy in the Philippines. He went through so much pain and loneliness in his struggles, but he was resilient and continued to fight for our freedom. He often said that he was not afraid of dying, and it’s moving to see how much he was willing to give up for this fight. These days, we see our politicians swinging from one party to another, to wherever they think will give them a better chance at winning. It seems that parties — or politicians, for that matter — no longer stand for any one ideology. In Ninoy’s case, you see his beliefs in everything he does — his hunger strike, his seven years in prison, and his attempt to return to Manila. Actions speak louder than words after all. Through his...
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