Authors: Jensen DG. Mañebog, Pedrito B. Placio, Rodrigo DP. Tomas, Rafael Y. Paragas, Nirvana SG. Bides
Editor: Jensen DG. Mañebog
HISTORY IS COMMONLY DEFINED as a story about the past that is significant and true. Admittedly Jose Rizal is an item of the 'past'. Arguably nonetheless, the known information about his life, works, and writings—which can be proved `true' based on preserved 'relics' and artifacts—are significant even to present generation.
History subjects like Rizal can be meaningful and practicable though it largely depends on the teacher presenting the subject and the instructional materials used. Pertinently one of the humble aims of this book is to introduce the course in such a way that the teacher and students alike would find it interesting and meaningful.
This book possesses the following distinctive features:
1. Includes new researches
In light of recent findings, this book, for instance, discusses what happened to Josephine Bracken, Paciano, Dona Teodora, Rizal's other siblings, and other relevant Filipino heroes after Rizal's martyrdom.
Clarifies some controversies and discrepancies
Many sections deal with historical controversies like whether or not Rizal indeed graduated as 'valedictorian' in Ateneo (as some references claim) and whether or not he did write the poem `Sa Aking Mga Kabata'.
Advocates c-learning and blended learning
It contains interesting 'interactive online activities' and suggests supplemental online readings. Connectedly, the hook is compatible with online education program.
With analyses, comments, and applications
Whenever appropriate and needed, significant remarks and relevant supplemental information are embedded in the lectures. Some lectures also state the relevance, value, and applicability of the topics to our lives.
Uses blog and feature-article format
To be appealing to young generations, some lectures somewhat deviate from the traditional too formal (like straight news) style. Instead, they are written the way blogs and online articles are.
Features other Filipino heroes
As many schools are now including other Filipino heroes in the syllabus for the Rizal subject, this book pertinently features many of them (e.g. Del Pilar, Bonifacio, and Aguinaldo as it identifies Rizal's relations and collaborations with them.