In this somewhat interesting book entitled “Rizal Without Overcoat”, Ambeth Ocampo present his ideas and insights in a different manner, in a sense that it is laid in a series of essays and somewhat presented in a narrative way with a simple twist of humour. In this book, Ocampo vigorously argues and sought to narrate on some lapses, mistakes and faults of some historians about the life of our National Hero – Dr. Jose Rizal. The book also offers new insights and data on Rizal through photographs, correspondences, lists, and other miscellany obtained from his meticulous researches. The book tackles different aspects in the life of Dr. Jose Rizal. It talks about his family, his relatives, education, love life, travels, works, controversies and much more issues about him. Some of the fascinating stories in the book include our hero’s character as being curious and inquisitive, that he developed a rare facility of mastering varied subjects and occupations. Mi Ultimo Adios, the last poem of the National Hero of the Philippines, Dr. Jose Rizal is composed mainly of his farewell but challenging message to the country and the Filipino people.Our country, the Republic of the Philippines is a beautiful country blessed by God with favorable climate and wonderful natural resources. Every Filipino, being blessed by God, should give all their strength to be able to preserve and protect this gift, even to the extent of giving his own life. There, those patriots who fought and died with all their power and strength, those who loves his country's sake than his own vulnerable life, and those who fought with their mighty pen and ended in martyrdom. All of them have a common cause, to serve his countrymen. On the day of Dr. Rizal's Martyrdom at Bagumbayan, he knew that every Filipino's dream of freedom from the long-year slavery from the Spanish bad friars and tyrants will soon be realized. But today, it's a different story but of the same plot. We, Filipinos, are free as a country yet still imprisoned by the political, economical, social, and cultural crises. It is every Filipino's dream to live in a society and a country as a whole which is in peace and prosperity, but the chain since the Spanish regime was not totally broken. Here we are, not a slave anymore but a nomad in a country of jeopardy. Our National Hero died and he was happy for the day of freedom of his country is nearing. Out National Hero have a beautiful dream for our country. He dreamed of a country that is in peace and free from any forms of inhumane acts. The struggle of freedom is endless and should be continued even in the times that we feel we are in that state of being "free". It is what Filipinos think of what is happening today. We are the author of our own fate. The power is in us. Our country today is suffering from a lot of deadly political, economical, and social diseases. PROLOGUE
The Philippine National Hero, Jose P. Rizal is probably one of the most talked-about personalities in the history of the Philippines, not only because of the many information about his life carved in his literary works and through many accounts of people associated with him but more so because of those not told about him, leaving people of various fields debating, questioning, speculating about this hero dubbed as enigmatic. Some people say that Rizal was an American-sponsored hero. Others, on the other hand believe that he was already considered a hero long before the Americans sponsored him as such. This is ironic because Rizal did not really like America, and some Americans. Many students take Rizal courses for granted. Some even loathe the fact that they have to study Rizal, to the point of hating Rizal himself. Some Catholic schools, however have a different reason for protesting against making Rizal courses mandatory in universities, not because of laziness, or not seeing the need to study Rizal, but simply because some of Rizal’s principles are against the Catholic faith....
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