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Rizal

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Rationale: To utilize Rizal’s perspective in analyzing the social dilemma brought about by the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo administration.

The past decade had been surrounded by numerous political and economic crises which are credited to then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Genuine social change, which was the backdrop of the EDSA 2 movement, lost its luster only after two years in office. At such, it is important to re-examine Rizal’s text to provide a meaningful critique to this dilemma. In his text pertaining to the relevance of Rizal, Majul argues that His relevance is due to the continued existence of the social institutions that Rizal attacked back in the 19th century. Now it is important to discern whether the events detailed in the Noli Me Tangere and the El Filibusterismo parallel to what had transpired in the decade long Arroyo administration.

It is also important to discuss the characters that symbolized the social and political institutions in the Philippines in the said novel. Are the said characters present in today’s context? Could we argue that the social cancer Rizal unraveled continues to plague Philippine society? This might actually justify the continued emphasis on this course.

Moreover, the issue of social change remains a hot topic in the discussion of Philippine democratic Institutions. In the latter part of the El Filibusterismo, Padre Florentino emphasized on a number of issues that influenced the clamor for a revolution to fail. Were the said issues and scenario present in the decade long Arroyo administration? Is it possible that the scenarios present in the novels similar to today’s context hence the failure to struggle against a corrupt and inept system? What could be the reason n for the failed attempt to challenge the status quo?

Looking to the future, should events remain constant, should genuine change not be implemented, what could be the possible scenario that the Aquino administration would...