Sino Ka Ba Jose Rizal?

Two thumbs up for all the people who made the life and heroism of José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda once again reminisce in Filipinos especially the students of Rizal Technological University. Applause for Rizal Technological University Cultural Affairs Office and Teatro Rizal’s Dulaan Rizalia for the success play last March 10, 2017 at Tanghalang Pasigueño, Pasig City.

I was impressed of all the cast of the play much more to those students and classmates I never thought they can act on stage. They really put themselves in the shoes of every character they portrayed. Every facial expression, every act and dance were amazingly performed. The costume, the background music and lights are also good. Sir Jason Romero, although I haven’t take ENG115 I salute your talent in teaching Drama and play, you deserve our respect. Also, in every people who ushered us with smiles, I thank them for welcoming spirit even though I came late.

José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda also known as Jose Rizal was born June 19, 1861 and executed last December 30, 1896 with the “crime” of being rebellious. Rizal’s writings, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo are said to be against in the Spanish Government that reigned in the Philippines long years ago. He exposed the wrongdoings of priests and officials using his pen as a sword. Through that, many Filipinos are awaken with to fight for freedom like Andres Bonifacio.

The play is not just about him. It also about a mother and a father who loved him, a brother who did sacrifices for his studies abroad and sisters who stays strong in the midst of persecution. It’s about the bond of the Filipino family that we still possessed even today and the patriotism that we carried in our hearts.

In every place where Rizal went through he made a difference and footprints. He’s leadership, generosity and love in the people never cease even he knows that in the end it will take his life. The play gives me more realization of what Filipino is describe all over the globe, resilient. If Rizal doesn’t make risks, I don’t know who else will start the revolution in their hearts.

Rizal legacy is not just seen in one peso or in Luneta, or in many schools after his name, not just in this play, Sino Ka Ba Jose Rizal? Jose Rizal’s legacy is the evidence of our independence today. Even though it doesn’t happen in his lifetime, the fire for liberty he created passed by to generation to generation.

(Reflection Paper)

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