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What ‘Noli’ means to us: reminder and inspiration

/ 12:58 AM October 04, 2014

The play “Noli Me Tangere” staged in a high-end hotel should serve as both a recollection and as a reminder to all Filipinos that at some point in time, we have taken the meaning of patriotism for granted. Such historical plays we must give more meaning and understanding.

“Noli” may be generally perceived as a mere school requirement, but those of us who came ahead of this generation know its true value to our society, to our history as a nation.

“Noli” is the struggle of the Filipino spirit to rise above the situation during the Spanish era, where the “lowly caste” was looked down upon by the ruling class, and anyone who was brave enough to be heard was regarded as nothing. “Noli” should be read and watched not only by the youth but by all of us. We can learn so much from it, as it is never too late.


The play displayed the author’s passion and love for his country. Truly, Jose Rizal, the author, died for his country. His writings are still intact and present, but sadly they are not alive in our hearts. At present, our patriotism is very wanting. In the “Noli,” the Filipinos’ heart triumphed over trials and adversity but cost them their lives.


Today many of us give up our lives for a good cause, like our soldiers and policemen. Many of us work overseas, in various professions, to help our families, sacrificing as true, everyday heroes and patriots. But let us not forget the fire and warmth our forefathers had in their hearts in their true love for country. Let’s be more appreciative of their efforts and hand their legacy down to the young ones.

Let us be inspired by the “Noli” and get back to loving and serving our motherland more.

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TAGS: Jose Rizal, Noli Me Tangere, Patriotism

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