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A Question of Heroes

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Through his critical essays on ten key figures in Philippine history, Nick Joaquin provides a fresh point of view on Philippine heroes and their role in the Philippine revolutionary tradition.
Paperback, 244 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Anvil (first published 1977)
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K.D. Absolutely
A very educational read. Nick Joaquin (1917-2004) was one of the National Artists of the Philippines so even if he did not use footnotes and references in this book, I could not help but believe him. After all, he was born in 1917 that was just about 2 decades after the Spanish-Filipino and Filipino-American wars. He also wrote many other great books, both fiction and non-fiction. So, I think he was credible enough to convince anyone that the events and claims he mentioned in this book actually...more
An excellent introduction to some of the most prominent historical Filipinos. He provides a fairly well balanced viewpoint and cites his reasons for supporting one or another view about individuals that are controversial.

He is a very good antidote to the over-emphasis place on Renato Constatino's book, A Past Revisited. Joaquin finds the actions of individuals and groups to be that of obvious self interest and does not blame them for that in general, but acknowledges differing agendas.

Where he...more
Topel Viernes
This book, written by a personal favorite, sheds light on the obscurities of our Philippine history, a palliative to the widespread brainwashing of the inaccurate accounts of our history books. It is spot-on with how unwarranted the adorations and "canonizations" our society have bestowed upon some of our heroes. Joaquin excellently recounted Burgos' sectarian uprising as a prescient to the Filipino nationalism's rise, the valiance of the Propaganda movement, Aguinaldo's superior captaincy, Luna...more
Jason Sta. Maria
This book is a must read for every Filipinos who really wants to know the real story of our history. There are lots of different, hidden and underground stories in this book about the real scenarios and personalities of our heroes. I have already had a conversations with different Historians and History Majors regarding the real story of our history but I found out that there's really a lot of hidden stories out there and there's a lot of stories that the average Filipino didn't knew or taught f...more
nick joaquin should be read by pinoys. he provides an excellent combination of storytelling and history. led an interesting bohemian life. this is history by one of our finest writers.
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Nicomedes Márquez Joaquín (May 4, 1917–April 29, 2004) was a Filipino writer, historian and journalist, best known for his short stories and novels in the English language. He also wrote using the pen name Quijano de Manila. Joaquin was conferred the rank and title of National Artist of the Philippines for Literature.

After Jose Rizal and Claro M. Recto, both writers in spanish language, he is cons...more
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