Noli Me Tangere

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Noli Me Tangere

“The novel is the first impartial and bold account of the life of the Tagalogs. The Filipinos will find in it the history of the last 10 years” -Jose Rizal on Noli Me Tangere

Opposition to the Novel:
• The special committee of the faculty of the University of Sto. Tomas condemned the novel as heretical, impious and scandalous at the request of Archbishop Pedro Payo. • The committee and the archbishop deemed it harmful to the Spanish government here in the Philippines. • 28 December 1887: Fray Salvador Fort (Cura ng Tondo and head of the Permanent Commission of Sensorship); prohibited the circulation of the book. • OPPOSITION AND NEGATIVE PUBLICITY LEAD TO CURIOSITY OF THE PUBLIC. = more people read the book = increase awareness • Caiingat Cayo (Beware): Jose Rodriguez; pamphlet claiming that reading the Noli will cause the reader to commit the mortal sin, heresy.

Counter-Opposition Movements:
• Caiigat Cayo (be slippery as an eel): Marcelo H. Del Pilar (penname: Dolores Mangsat); counters Caiingat Cayo. Took on the same format as Caiingat.

• Members of this movement are called propagandists or reformists. • Objectives:
o Recognition of the Philippine as a province of Spain
o Equal status for both Filipinos and Spaniards
o Philippine representation at the Spanish Court
o Secularization of the Philippine Parishes
o Recognition of Human Rights

NOLI ME TANGERE Published in Berlin (1887)

• bleak winter of 1886 was memorable in the life of rizal

o first, painful – hungry, sick and despondent in a strange city

o second – brought him great joy, after enduring so much sufferings, his first novel came of the press

• Noli Me Tangere came off the press in March, 1887

• Dr. Maximo Viola, his friend from Bulacan, arrived in Berlin at the height o9f his despondency and loaned him the needed funds to publish the novel.

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