Jose Rizal (Castañeda) 2013
Authors: Sherwin Prose C. Castañeda, Petra S. Ornos, Vivian O. San Felife, Luvismin S. Aves, Janry B. Colonia, Hazel D. Cao, Loida D. Zaide
This book is primarily intended for an undergraduate study of the life, works, and writings of our Great National Hero Di Jose Rizal. It must be remembered that, under the provisions of Republic Act. No, 1425, otherwise known as the Rizal Law, students in whatever coarse they pursue are required to undergo a study of the life, works, and writings of Dr. Jose Rizal.
The life and ideals of Rizal have served as inspiration not only to Filipinos but also to all freedom loving people throughout the world. We trust that this publication will broaden our understanding on the exemplary life and timeless ideals of Rizal.
In the completion of this book, the authors would like to thank Atty. Christopher Lycurgus Morania and Lorraine C. Castañeda of Bantog and Andaya Law Offices. Acknowledgement are likewise extended to the authors' respective families for their help and inspiration in making this book.
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.
Rizal and Human Dignity
Authors: Wilson S. Chua, Ph.D
Our country had been set apart to have a hero in the person of Dr. Jose Rizal, At the tender age of eight, he was already aware of the importance of nationalism and began honing his artistic talents for the country, as can be seen in his first poem “Sa Aking mga Kabata”. Although extraordinarily gifted, Rizal chose not to enrich himself with his God-given talents but instead try to uplift our country by reaching out to Filipinos through his writings. Each one of Rizal's work of art is a masterpiece, filled with human values, ideas, lessons, and principles that were deeply embedded within him. His works are timeless, the messages they convey still touch the lives of modern Filipinos just as they have touched the Filipinos during the Spanish era, filling their hearts with love for the country.
Included within these pages are some of Rizal's best poems and essays, every one of them filled with meaningful messages with which will enlighten and encourage the Filipinos who will read them to love and serve the country. With this purpose in mind, each literary piece featured here is accompanied by information as to when, where, and why it was written by Dr. Jose Rizal. Written commentaries by distinguished personalities are also presented for each literary piece. Furthermore, much effort had been exerted and diligence in presenting the various ideas and values that Rizal had been implanted within his poems and essays.
Let this short journey into the mind of Rizal through his poems and essays bear fruit in the lives of the readers, enriching them not only with fortitude but excellence and uprightness as a person. With every glimpse of Rizal's person mirrored in his words, let us not forget that there was once a man whose dreams were dedicated to the Philippines. His every labor was for the betterment of the Filipinos; his death was for the glory of the country. Let us stand witness to the greatness of the man called Dr. Jose P. Rizal.