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Rizal Without the Overcoat by Ambeth R. Ocampo
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Aug 10, 12

it was amazing

i like all the historical essays included in this book!! what the author Ocampo has been doing to make Rizal more human to present-day readers is laudable. remember that Rizal's venerated as a saint by certain groups of people in Luzon (I refuse to call them 'sects' as it's condescending), so I can imagine some of them could be in disbelief if they get to read this book. as it seems to me, the basic premise, really, of this book, is that national heroes are just like anyone of us---human beings, with warts and all. and that we can be heroes in our own way in our present time, as we continue to get inspired from the kind of life that the national hero Rizal led in his lifetime.
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