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The First Filipino

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This is a comprehensive biography of the Philippine National Hero, Jose Rizal. It has been awarded the First Prize in the Rizal Biography Contest under the auspices of the Jose Rizal National Centennial Commission in 1961.
Paperback, 539 pages
Published 2007 by Guerrero Publishing (first published 1961)
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Nov 12, 2009 Verly is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
i want to read this book the first filipino
Feb 08, 2013 Ezekiel rated it really liked it
To be honest, I only read this book (via e-book) as it is a partial requirement to pass an exam in the course PI10 (The Life and Works of Rizal) in the University of the Philippines Los Baños. The First Filipino was one of the few books that featured Jose Rizal in the best possible manner by showing not only the so-so heroic side, but also the human side of Dr. Jose Rizal. It narrated Rizal's legend in the most detailed way, by far; all including his sojourns, mishaps and numerous romances. A le ...more
Imee Alfonso
Jul 16, 2014 Imee Alfonso rated it really liked it
I bought this book to suck up to my Rizal course instructor. He loved this one and was recommending it every meeting. So yeah, I bought this but I wasn't able to read it until 2 years later, yesterday. This is a biography, a history book of some sorts, so people doesn't really expect me to read this (I, a lover of fiction.)

But hey, I teared up at the end. The prose is engaging, more of story-telling than fact-relaying and I really, really loved the article as to why the book was entitled "The Fi
Soon Yi
Dec 09, 2012 Soon Yi rated it it was amazing
it's sooo aawesome! xD
May 21, 2012 Shannin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very good
For all the years, studies and romanticisms of Rizal, he has somewhat remained, an enigma. This is not surprising.

The vast number of scholars that have attempted a great many times to deconstruct and understand Rizal on his writings have fallibly tainted Rizal’s political ideologies and perspectives in doing so. Some even failed to see that what they have deconstructed was not Rizal, but an image hewn from themselves.

Some of this were, Agoncillo who regarded Rizal as a “revolutionary reformist
May 26, 2014 Emma added it
This helped me a lot understand the history of my country during the time of Jose Rizal. A background of Spain, Singapore, Germany, England, and the Philippines can be glimpsed.

This book is one good read while taking a Jose Rizal class in college and even high school for that matter.=)
Tailor Mctune
I'm so much happy for this matter , it gves me a lot of knowing about the history of the past during the period of Jose Rizal. xD
I'm privileged to be a part of a nation who has a man like Jose Rizal. Though imperfect, he has lifted the spirits of the Filipinos in his generation and it is just apt to call him the First Filipino. Reading this autobiography of his, I am moved with respect and admiration for this man's love and dreams for the Filipino as a people and as a nation. This is a must-read for the Filipino who would like to understand their roots & hence, themselves better. Through this masterpiece, I have appre ...more
Randy Dichoso
best book on the life of jose rizal
very good contextual analysis, not just factual contents
very well written
good story telling
read this if you want to understand the transformation of rizal from a student at Binan, to the Ateneo, to Europe and towards becoming a "thought" leader of the Filipino revolution

Roy Mallorca
Dec 30, 2012 Roy Mallorca rated it it was amazing
I finally finished reading the book on Dec. 30, 2012, Rizal's 116th death anniversary. It is need a great book, a must read for all Filipinos.
Nov 21, 2007 Alexis rated it it was amazing
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León María Ignacio Agapito Guerrero y Francisco better known simply as Leon Ma. Guerrero III, was a Filipino diplomat and novelist, and was one of the foremost Filipino nationalists of his era. A partner in the law practice of senator Claro M. Recto, he became Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs during the Magsaysay administration. His then controversial advocacy of 'Asia for the Asians' and espousa ...more
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