Veneration Without Understanding and Who and what made Rizal our foremost national hero: Reaction Paper

Topics: Philippines, Katipunan, Filipino people Pages: 2 (751 words) Published: August 27, 2014
Evaluation of the Group
Renato Constantino, wrote the Veneration without Understanding for him to convince Filipinos having doubts on Rizal being the national hero. At the very beginning, he immediately compared the Philippine hero to many nations in which he explained their heroes were leaders of the revolution and ours was adjacent to such revolution: Washington – United States, Lenin – Soviet Union, Bolivar – Latin America, and others. In fact, he described Rizal as repudiation towards Bonifacio who is the leader of the revolution and the one fighting for the country’s liberty. Making his argument stronger, he added the Americans entry to the country. William Howard Taft was the person, who suggested that the Philippines should have a national hero. Chosen contestants were in the candidate of being selected out of these were Bonifacio, Aguinaldo, Del Pilar, Mabini, Luna, and others. Choosing Rizal was supported with three different Act no. – 137, 243, and 346 whereas described to be honouring a province named after him, erection of his monument, and his death as a day of observance.

These are some of his different arguments that stamped into the group’s mind. Nearly a half of our group was convinced of how Constantino presented his data. One of us even said, “He was a voodoo doll casted on us Filipinos by the wickedness of Americans.” As our professor stated, indeed he was very convincing – but if one knows Rizal so well, an individual will think Constantino’s work is ridiculous. In the end, Constantino was marked as having his own standards of having a hero. His data was not based on facts. The heroes he mentioned, he didn’t even bother to delve deeper. Finding out, Washington was a rich man – owning plantations and even slaves. Rizal had nothing compared to what Washington had but his family and attainment of such high degree of education. Americans did not choose the province to be named Rizal, it was a Filipino native who initiate the...
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