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Rizal Without the Overcoat by Ambeth R. Ocampo
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Feb 23, 2012

really liked it

This is the second book of Ambeth Ocampo that I have read, and arguably his best. His essays about Dr. Jose P. Rizal, one of the Philippines' national heroes, are superb and inspiring. They do not make Rizal a superman, but present the hero as a man with some faults (as we all are), but a great man all the same, as seen in his education, poems, novels, essays, works, actions, and martyrdom. The best essay in the book is the one about why Rizal deserves to be called one of our national heroes, with excerpts from Rizal's letter to a Portuguese friend. He was a great man for a nascent Filipino nation at the time.
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