Our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal was one of the Filipinos during his time who asked for reforms. With this reforms, Filipinos will be given the rights that they deserve. According to my lecture in History classes, Jose Rizal choose to seek for reforms than to start a revolution because he knew that the Philippines was not yet ready to stand for its own. In a study about him, his novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo served as Rizal's means for asking reforms. In these novels, it portrays what was happening in the Philippines during the Colonization of the Spaniards. I think the reason why Rizal does not support the revolution is because he believed that this will not make the Philippines a better country.
To the Flowers of Heidelberg is one example of Rizal's work that shows his reformism. In the report that was conducted in our class earlier last week, the "tagline" of this poem is "Transformation". In the report, the reporters clearly stated how it shows Rizal as a reformist. Like, there is an interpretation of it that Rizal requests the flowers of Heidelberg to speak of him in the Philippines. Although Rizal was not in the Philippines during that time, he beautifully asked the flowers to bear witness to his undying concern for his motherland. There is a part of the poem where it mentioned the times of day starting from dawn and the break of sunlight. The reporters stated that when Rizal is at dawn, he sings to the flowers native songs in exchange of their gift of natural perfume. And in the morning under the soft light of the early sun, he reflects still of his motherland where the same sun now is at its highest, as if he is concerned with his motherland through the sun. The poem poetically describes his plan for the flowers to carry his message to his motherland. He plucks then and preserves them in a book. In the poem, the reporters also stated the messages of Rizal through the poem. His first message to his country is peace, virtue to women, and...
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