Last January 12, 2013, Force Majeure Events Management Experts held a gala presentation in SM North Edsa of “JOE: The Rocksicale (A Rock Musicale), a live theatrical rock musical featuring a contemporary fresh new take on the life of our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.”
Jose Rizal is the figure of our nation. He is the symbol of nationalism – a deep and intimate love for our country. He has contributed in many ways. In terms of literature, he has given the people masterpieces such as “Noli Me Tangere”, “El Filibusterismo” and several works like “The Philippines a Century Hence” and “To The Young Women of Malolos”. He has given many insights on what a Filipino should have towards his/her language. He also contributed to the love towards education and learning. Jose Rizal, being a great contributor in both our nation’s freedom and democracy from the Spaniards, is recognized to be even just more to what the textbooks and biographies say. He is beyond what we expect. Jose Rizal is like any man. He ate, drank and breathes the same air, food, and water that we take in. He had a formal education and as well as a family that cared for him. Just like us, Rizal shared the many moments in life that we have. He had the joy of meeting and serving people. He does enjoy the load of his work as a doctor; however, he also shared the same amount of stress ordinary people do. He experiences anxiety. In times wherein there is conflict in life, Rizal would worry as well. In essence, Rizal shared the same amount of emotions as we fellow people do. He cried, laughed, gasped, awed, and sighed like us. I would never have received such insight if it weren’t for the presentation of an actor expressing such detail. The theater-viewing made me appreciate the personality of Rizal even more because I got to see him as an “Average Joe”. There are many controversies between what happened in the past and how art expresses it in terms of creativity. Either the truth is added or subtracted, which...
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