These were the opening few sentences of an essay published by our national hero, Dr Jose Rizal, called The Philippine's a Century Ago. The essay was broken into four sections by Dr. Jose Rizal. He began by describing the difficulties that Filipinos may encounter if their government, laws, habits, faiths, and beliefs change. This would be a difficult task because of the diversity of cultures, traditions, and languages in the Philippines.
Dr. Jose Rizal continued by saying that the Philippines a century ago was under the rule of foreign powers. They imported their customs, habits, and beliefs to the country and made it hard for the Filipino people to resist these changes. All in all, Dr. Jose Rizal felt that the future looked bleak for the nation.
He ended his essay by asking readers to think about the importance of religion in one's life. Dr. Jose Rizal believed that without God, there is no hope for mankind.
This is what Jose Rizal wrote a hundred years ago today. I hope you have enjoyed this article about my great national hero, Dr Jose Rizal.
The majority of Jose Rizal's work may be found in his articles and essays. Rizal's articles appeared in the reform daily La Solidaridad as well as in political circulars. Rizal's essays were not afraid to voice his respect for the Filipino people as well as his contempt for their Spanish rulers.
Rizal's writings fall into three main categories: nationalistic, religious and literary.
Nationalistically, Rizal wrote about the need for the country to have a government, laws and a system of education. He also expressed concern for the welfare of the people and advocated independence from foreign powers.
Religiously, Rizal argued that the Philippines should be a Christian nation and he criticized those who practiced other religions.
Literarily, Rizal was a prolific writer who produced novels, poems, plays, essays, memoirs and scientific papers. His written works covered a wide range of topics including history, politics, society, religion, literature and science.
Among Rizal's more famous writings are Noli me tangere (Touch Me Not), which is considered a landmark in Philippine literature; El Filibusterismo (Filipino Patriotism) and Mabuhay! (Hail Victory!).
"The Philippines a Century Later"" is a sociopolitical article written by Jose Rizal and published in four sections in the periodical La Solidaridad in 1889-1890. In this article, Rizal discusses various issues of interest to the readers at that time including the need to have an independent foreign policy, the importance of education for the improvement of the masses, and the necessity for economic development.
Rizal's article attracted much attention from the readers, some of whom sent letters to him expressing their views on these topics. One such letter was written by an officer of the Spanish army who had been stationed in the Philippines for many years. The writer urged Rizal not to worry about his own personal safety because he was doing God's work in speaking out against the abuses being committed by the Spaniards. Another letter came from a Catholic priest who told Rizal that although she disagreed with some of his ideas, she respected his right to express himself.