2011-07656 December 12, 2013
Reflection Paper on “Teatro Porvenir”
What happened in our very own history is a mirror of the things still happening within our own society today. The connection of history and biography within each life of every Filipinos are linked to one another. What happened in the past, in our history, is a part of who we are and how we perceive the world today. The essence of our country being colonized by several countries, especially Spain brings a big impact to our society even now. Given that there are legacies influenced by the Spaniards, Bernardo Carpio, who was named after Bernardo del Carpio, a brave, renowned and very strong Spaniard, is used as a symbol for strength and bravery by the Filipinos. I admit that I haven’t known the legend about Bernardo Carpio but I have heard his name when I was young. When I researched about him, that’s when I realized why he was included in the play Teatro Porvenir. Bernardo Carpio is used by many Filipinos, just like in the play, as a symbol for freedom and real happiness. For the Filipinos back in the Spanish era, just when the Filipinos have been emancipated that they were being oppressed and alienated by the Spaniards, a few have formed groups in order to fight for their rights and freedom. Because of his undeniable strength, bravery and spirit of nationalism, it was Bernardo Carpio who was chosen to lead the revolution and eradicate the existing social order which is dominated by the Spaniards. Through revolution led by Bernardo Carpio, they believed that real freedom, which is the independence of our country from any colonizers, and true happiness could be attained. The Part of the legend, it was said that the Spaniards have known about the revolution which will be led by Bernardo Carpio. Because he was the symbol of hope for the Filipinos to fight, they were a bit frightened by the fact that this
References: Eugenio, Damiana (2002). Philippine Folk Literature. University of the Philippines Press. pp.4-5 ISBN 971-542-357-4. “Ang Alamat ni Bernardo Carpio: A Philippine Legendary Hero” (html). The Katig Group. 2006-01-05. Retrieved 2013-12-11.