Jose Rizal And Andres Bonifacio Case Study

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There is an ongoing stigma concerning the correlation between education level and tactics of violence. That being said, there are clear differences between the philosophies of both Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio regarding how they wished to change Spanish rule over the Philippines. Rizal wished for a peaceful reformation by way of no violence, but Bonifacio saw that as being a wasted effort and instead sought for a revolution against the Spanish government where resorting to violence looked to have been the only way to pave a path to total independence. Along with this are the different ways in which they were brought up; where Jose Rizal was part of the elite Filipino upper class and was given the benefit of education and travel study by …show more content…
Instead, as mentioned in Supremo: The Story of Andres Bonifacio by Sylvia Mendez Ventura, Bonifacio was born into a much less desirable setting. He had been born “in a bamboo hut on Azcarraga, Manila, bordering the southern part of Tondo… [which] was the most thickly populated native settlement in the Manila Bay area” (Ventura, 15). The differences between Rizal and Bonifacio’s environments had already been settled early on in their lives, perhaps due to their lineage. Rizal’s mostly Filipino-Chinese and Filipino-Japanese ancestry (with no pure Filipino figures recorded amongst this lineage) may have a part to play in such reasoning, but it can also be traced mostly to his maternal side’s female figures marrying rather prolific figures such as a lawyer, and even the former mayor of Biñan. For Bonifacio, his lineage simply comes from his father being a native of the Philippines (derogatorily called indio), and his mother’s pure Spanish blood. But, “the undercurrent of Spanish blood… was really of no practical use or importance… even if mestizos were considered “superior” to their native brothers” (Ventura, 17). Perhaps it was his father’s being a native that may have lowered his family’s overall status to that of the working class, but whatever the

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