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"El Filibusterismo" ("The Subversive") is the second novel by Jose Rizal (1861-1896), national hero of the Philippines. Like its predecessor, the better-known "Noli Me Tangere", the "Fili" was written in Castilian while Rizal was traveling and studying in Europe. It was published in Ghent in 1891 and later translated into English, German, French, Japanese, Tagalog, Ilonggo ...more
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K.D. Absolutely
El Filibusterismo (The Filibustering) is the sequel of Noli Me Tangere. These were the two published novels by Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero of my country, the Philippines. Noli and Fili, along with his other writings, caused his death by firing squad on December 30, 1898 or around 2 years before Spain sold the country to the United States of America. They are required readings in most high schools in the country: Noli for juniors and Fili for seniors.

A filibuster is someone who engages in a
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Michael Gerald
Oct 16, 2012 Michael Gerald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In the meantime, while the Filipino people may not have sufficient energy to proclaim, with head high and chest bared, their rights to social life, and to guarantee it with their sacrifice, with their own blood; while we see our own countrymen in private life feeling shame within themselves, to hear roaring the voice of conscience which rebels and protests, and in public life keep silent, to make a chorus with him who abuses to mock the abused; while we see them enclosed in their own selfishnes ...more
Jr Bacdayan
Feb 27, 2013 Jr Bacdayan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El Filibusterismo, is the second novel written by Philippine national hero José Rizal. It also serves as the sequel to his novel Noli Me Tangere. El Fili as it is popularly called, is a darker and more evolved novel compared to Noli. It's a book about revenge, manipulation, deception and greed to name a few. It's taken a deeper turn and it shows Rizal's growth as a writer. This turned out to be a double-edged sword. In creating a more serious book, Rizal sacrificed something, he lost the pure Fi ...more
K.D. Absolutely
My third time to read this book, El Filibusterismo but my first time to read it in English. My edition of this book (translated by Soledad Lacson-Locsin) won the 1996 NBDB National Book Award for Translation. I think the book deserves that award because Lacson-Locsin spoke and wrote in both languages, Spanish (the language the book was originally written) and English (the other language she spoke at home). Her son edited the book making the language more contemporary but retained the cadence of ...more
Ayban Gabriyel
Aug 05, 2012 Ayban Gabriyel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maaaring may mga spoiler at kung anu-anu pang mga bagay na walang kinalaman sa libro o sayo.

Dati kung tatanungin ako, alin ang mas magandang akda ni Rizal, lagi kong sagot Noli, kahit hindi ko naman majustify ang sagot ko. Pero ngayon, ngayon nabasa ko na uli ang El Fili, El Fili na ako forever. Haha.

Poot-Paghihiganti-Hustisya-Pangaapi-Kalayaan-Edukasyon

Mga salitang hindi ko malilimutan mula sa libro. Ang daming magagandang pakikipagpalitan ng ideya. Sa umpisa palang babanatan ka na ni Simoun
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Marj
May 09, 2011 Marj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No reading is ever the same. When I first read this book as a requirement for high school, it was nothing to me as a lame, boring story of the past misfortunes by Dr. Rizal's brilliant mind. It was yet another Noli Me Tangere. But when I read it again before the start of last semester, there were far too many details that I had overseen before. And it speaks of old tales that are subtly happening in the present Filipino society. Really, I think this novel transcends time. Or maybe, it was intend ...more
Apokripos
Aug 28, 2012 Apokripos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Apokripos by: The Philippine Educational System
The sequel to Rizal's masterpiece it stands as the most subversive work of them all!!!
Izia
Nov 16, 2012 Izia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El Fibusterismo (The Subversive) is the sequel to Noli Me Tangere (Touch me not). You have to give it to Rizal, he sure knew how to title his books! For me, book titles are as good as its cover. Aside from book cover, the title of the book is the very first thing that caught readers' attention. I have to admit, sometimes, I buy a book simply because its title is awesome. Not very advisable. But hey! I did have some great finds, you know? And by golly! Who can resist a book with such strong title ...more
A&E
Dec 28, 2007 A&E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
December 2007 - Picking up where I left off (i.e. failed to finish), and I am in love with Basilio, Isagani, Macaraig, Simoun and the entire El Fili cast all over again.

And of course, JOSE RIZAL. <33 Ugh.
Ma. Soledad L. Locsin is the best. Translator. Ever. This is the richest, most cadent version I know.

[EDIT] As of the 28th of December, 2007, I HAVE FINALLY FINISHED EL FILI, even though it was last schoolyear's required reading. Lol.

And can I just say.

Simoun + Basilio = heartbreak.
I LOVE THE
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Alunsina
Jun 20, 2011 Alunsina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gawain ko ng basahin ang lahat ng libro ko noon bago pa man magsimula ang klase. Di katulad ng mga kaklase ko na bored na bored dito, ako talagang binasa ko sya. Na ka ka shock ang librong ito lalo na't noong mga panahing iyon eh pura mga Tagalog Romance ang binabasa ko.

Sa sobrang pagiging apektado ko, minsan nakakalimutan kong fiction nga pala ito at hindi totoo. Feeling ko nagtagumpay sana ang rebolusyon kung nanalo si Simoun. Hahaha. Sensya na nalito ang utak ko.

Mas maganda to kesa sa nauna
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joseph
Jun 19, 2009 joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

a very sad novel.

sobra kong nagandahan sa noli kaya di ko pede palampasin to... hehehehe

nakakalungkot lang ang nangyari sa mga characters. naiintindihan ko namn kung bakit. medyo nabitin lang ako kasi di sinabi kung ano ang nangyari kay basilio. naasar nga ako kasi yung kaibigan nya na inlove kay paulita binigyan ng ending tapos siya na isa sa pinaka main cast mula pa doon sa noli hindi lamang nabangit kung ano ang nangyari matapos yung bigong plano ni simoun.
Jason Bocabil
Aug 15, 2011 Jason Bocabil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fili is a political novel full of bitterness, sorrow, pain, violence and vengeance to awaken the Filipino people against the abusive masters. It bore an irresistible urge to revolution among the Filipinos to go against the government and the practices of the church which appeared realistic (Zulueta, RIZAL 154).
DC
This particular edition (translated by Soledad Lacson-Locsin) won the 1996 NBDB National Book Award for Translation.
DC
This particular edition (translated by Rio Alma) won the 1999 NBDB National Book Award for Translation.
Christianne
Jan 30, 2012 Christianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And again I hate.. It's good to learn the history of the Filipinos to the eyes or someone who experienced it first hand. Every Filipino should read this. ...more
Nyara (=^_^=)
Apr 13, 2012 Nyara (=^_^=) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
WAAHHH!!!! Simoun and Maria Clara died!!! TT ^ TT

I really missed Juan Crisostomo Ibarra here TT_TT
Gianne Kris
what i like about this book is the changes that happened to Ibara.
Melinda
Everyone should read this! It is one of a two book set written by Rizal, a hero of the Philippines, who in effect, wrote the script for the revolution for the Philippine people to gain their independence from their oppressive Spanish regime. Rizal describes the tragedy and almost slave-like state of his people in such fine and loving detail, adding humor that makes your heart clench and adventures that entertain, shock, or devastate. The Spanish are equally loving detailed and lampooned, though ...more
iamjenai
Oct 09, 2011 iamjenai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El Filibusterismo (The Subversive) is the sequel to Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) written by Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. Rizal dedicated this book to the three martyr priests Don Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos, Don Jacinto Zamora who were executed by Spaniards on charges of subversion in 1872.


I first read this book (along with the first one Noli Me Tangere) as a requirement in my high school classes, of course the stories were written in Filipino. Fourteen years later, I was
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Marga
I read this in high school. It was the final requirement for my Filipino class. Unlike my classmates, I couldnt wait to read the book so I read it when my parents bought it. I really enjoyed reading Noli Me Tangere. So it wasnt hard finding an inspiration to read the sequel.

I was really happy that there were new characters and it showed other events that werent mentioned in the first book. I read both books in Filipino. It wasnt easy reading both books in a deep Filipino language but I managed.
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Mona
Jan 07, 2013 Mona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El Filibusterismo is the sequel to Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere. As with the Noli, Ma. Soledad Lacson-Locsin's intent was to translate to English while staying as close as possible to Rizal's style of writing in Spanish.

It's a shorter book. The dreaminess and idealism of the Noli Me Tangere gives way to the darker, grimmer, more cynical tone of the El Filibusterismo. So the language style also changes - instead of the longer, declamative dialogue of the Noli, you have the more direct, action-pac
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Michael David
May 20, 2013 Michael David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the most flawed novel that I've given a 5. Yet despite everything, it deserves its score.

It is, indeed, propagandist literature. In addition to that, however, it is also a decently-written novel - and is actually the second book from the Philippines that could actually be called a novel. The Noli and the Fili proved to the world, simply, that the indios were not merely monkeys: one was actually able to write a novel that was full of mordant wit that anathematized the misconduct
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Despair Speaking
For me, I liked El Filibusterismo way more than Noli Me Tangere. It's more... action-packed. In Noli Me Tangere, the rebellion is more low key. Here, it's more obvious and there are more suffering and death. It's so cool. I hated the ending though. I really hate the character who ruined the carefully laid out plans.

El Fili has Basilio, a minor character in the previous book, as the main character this time around. He's a med student hoping to do some good in his country. In the same boat he was
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John Warren
Feb 15, 2016 John Warren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nasaan kayo, mga kabataan, na magsasakatauhan sa sigla ng buhay na tumakas sa aming mga ugat, sa kadalisayan ng aming pag-iisip na mabubulok sa aming mga utak, sa apoy ng sigasig na napugto sa aming mga puso? Hinihintay namin kayo, o mga kabataan! Halikayo sapagkat hinihintay namin kayo!

Tila nahati ang aking puso sa hindi mabilang na piraso, pasalamat nalang akong naging mas maliwanag ang daang natungo ng Pilipinas matapos ng nobelang ito, sana'y napagmasdan ni Rizal ang mga ngiti na mamumutaw
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Ann Jenelle Rotol
Sabi nila laging mas maganda ang original kaysa sa sequel. Tama nga sila. :)) Ewan ko ba kung bakit kapag masyado ng malalim ang topic lalo na kapag ganitong mga bagay e, nawawalan na ko ng gana. Di ko naman sinasabi na di maganda ang El Fiibusterismo. Mas maganda lang ang Noli me Tangere para sa akin. Tsaka masyado ng malungkot ang mga pangyayari sa nobelang ito (dapat ng namatay na si Maria Clara e tumigil na si Crisostomo Ibarra, haha, isip bata lang talaga e no? XD). Ayoko ng ganoon. Dapat h ...more
JoPaul
Dec 01, 2009 JoPaul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jose Rizal did not fail the readers in making the sequel of Noli Me Tangere worth buying, worth reading and worth the praises and accolades. The venue for freedom was given importance with its dark plot and amusing characters.

The death of Ibarra and the birth of Simon was undeniably a strong ticket why it has been beautifully crafted. Great ideas plummeted and questions of morality, religion, romance and vengeance are boiling. I can never deny the fact that this is better than contemporary nove
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Raine Jayme
Oct 08, 2014 Raine Jayme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tragic and has a lot of action. I really felt bad about what happened to Maria Clara.
Prince lopez
Apr 28, 2011 Prince lopez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
The translation made by Soledad Lacson Locsin is one of the most accurate translation of Rizal's El Fili (including the Noli)in english. she carefully translate the original novels which is in Spanish to english. if you want to read Rizal's novels I recommend Locsin's english translation. the translation which we use in high school are often faulty and has faded away to the original content of the novel(you can use the older version of the tagalog version but with time gap it would be hard to un ...more
Ethan
I read the English translations of Noli and El Fili (because I'm American).

Rizal can definitely stir some emotions.

The first book, Noli, aka Don't Fuck with Me, shows that once people wise up, they won't put up with the bullshit of corrupt politicians.

The second book, El Fili, Rizal provides some options against tyranny, favoring a non-violent revolution.


"I do not mean to say that our liberty will be secured at the sword’s point, for the sword plays but little part in modern affairs, but that
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Madeline
Apr 10, 2009 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I haven't technically read Noli Me Tangere but they don't have a copy in the library. This book is not an easy read and I wouldn't have found it if I wasn't always researching the Philippines, but I'm glad I pushed on through. I was so stirred at points that I considered "losing" the beautiful hardback copy I borrowed to read at morally ambiguous moments when revolution and commitment is called for. Then, in the same spirit, I returned it.
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José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda was a Filipino polymath, nationalist and the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. He is considered the Philippines' national hero and the anniversary of Rizal's death is commemorated as a Philippine holiday called Rizal Day. Rizal's 1896 military trial and execution made him a martyr of the Philippine ...more
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