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A hero’s life is much more than his birthplace

Bonifacio is a hero because he dedicated his talents and abilities, his life and works, in the service of the people. He saw that the colonial structure, whereby native Filipinos were stripped of their right to till the land and reap the fruits of their labor in their own country, was unjust and oppressive.

Posted: December 3rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘The Great Plebeian’

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He never talked much about it, but my guess is that my father was a fan of Andres Bonifacio.

Posted: December 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Heroes

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Yesterday was the 151st birth anniversary of one of our greatest heroes, Andres Bonifacio. Named after St. Andrew whose feast day falls on Nov. 30, Bonifacio, along with Ladislao Diwa and Teodoro Plata, formed the triumvirate of anti-Spanish activists who founded the secret society known as the Kataastaasang, Kagalanggalang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (KKK), or Katipunan for short. Membership in the society was signed in with blood drawn from the left arm of the applicant.

Posted: December 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What’s in a Katipunan name?

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Young historians are lucky to have a handful of compilations of primary-source material in English translation available for preliminary reading, but they will need to dig up the rest that remain in archives in the Philippines and Spain. The big challenge that faces many beginning historians is that they are separated from the past because of language. For example, a five-volume compilation of newspaper reports on the revolution from the Spanish press is available in print, but if the researcher is not armed with at least a reading competence of Spanish, these sources remain closed to him/her.

Posted: November 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Revolt of the masses?

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After the anthem and the boring speeches, a series of floral offerings were made that made Nick Joaquin growl: “Where are the masses?” I looked around and saw that everyone was in their Sunday best. Then Nick shouted: “Where are the masses?”

Posted: November 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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