Aaaaand… the Rizal@150 fever rages on, highly-Googlable as expected. But before we even jump into planning our next big step in the name of “paying homage” to Jose Protacio Rizal— for whose life the Great Academe-and-Class Divide in the Philippines was dug to bottomless proportions (since he became THE National Hero, something he can’t refuse by virtue of being, well, dead)— couldn’t we ask ourselves a question first?
More than a century after the man was methodically gunned down, the riddle lingers on in spite of the law requiring every Filipino to be schooled about his biography and works…
SINO KA BA, JOSE RIZAL?
“Who are you, Jose Rizal?” the question begs. If only Doctor Rizal could answer from the grave. But precisely because the guy could not, most of us resort to history text books that— unfortunately — paint a grossly inaccurate picture of him.
If you have gotten THIS far reading, this blog post is FOR YOU.
The Kayumanggi Trails would like to encourage you, dear reader, to participate in the first ever International Conference on Jose Rizal, on June 22-24, 2011. Most of the conference activities will be held at the GT Toyota Auditiorium, Asian Center, UP Diliman.
Panelists include Filipino scholars and researchers whose expertise on their fields largely— if not mainly— touch on Rizal’s body of peculiarities: Ambeth Ocampo, Reynaldo Ileto, Nilo Ocampo, Arnold Azurin, Felipe Jocano Jr., Michael Tan and Rolando Tolentino to name a few… not to mention the international scholars who ALSO immersed themselves in everything Rizal, zero-Filipino blood forgotten.
The discussions would not only answer the “Who,” but also the “Why” and its babies… “Why Rizal? Is he really THAT great? Did he despise the revolution? And how on earth do we connect him to the Digital Age and Science Fiction?”
Admittedly quite steep, the registration fee (ranging from PhP2500 to PhP4000) for the three-day conference is a brave expense. Equivalent to a three-day Pulag Adventure. Or a three-day Caramoan Blast. Or a burp-squeezing lunch-for-four at a ritzy restaurant somewhere in Intramuros.
This conference is frankly not your photo-perfect vacation. But the question… just… nags you.
“How on jumping-jolog earth do we connect Rizal to the Digital Age, or even Science Fiction?!”
It may be time to save up for that 2500. And direct a serious gaze into this linked program schedule; things may even surprise you.
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