Relevance of Rizal to Contemporary Nationalism Essay

652 Words Jun 19th, 2014 3 Pages
Dr. Jose Rizal became a national hero for a reason. He was a reformist, a novelist, a poet, a novelist, journalist, an optalmologist, and revolutionary. He sparked the 1896 revolution against the Spaniards. He gave importance to education, our freedom, promoting peace and equality, being proud of our filipino heritage, and many more. Although, while I was growing up, he was never one of my idols, or someone i really looked up to. I never really felt Rizal’s importance and presence in our culture. In fact, if not for this paper, the importance of Jose Rizal would have never crossed my mind. Dr. Jose Rizal was nothing more than another lesson to learn about in History to me. I knew he was many things, and contributed a lot of things to the …show more content…
Today, I do not know a lot of people who can speak straight Filipino without using a single word in the english language. Because of all these influences, even my idols were from the western culture. Even the music we listened to were music from the western culture. I never enjoyed listening to our local bands, musicians, artists or rappers and often referred to them as “jologs” or “baduy”. A term familiar to all of us Filipino’s meaning tacky in a negative way or often referred to those in the destitute part of society. Our music industry today is heavily influenced by the western culture. Our so called “Filipino Artists” promote the style and genre made in the western culture. Even the clothes we wear are not of our own culture. You do not see anyone wearing authentic Filipino clothing as their everyday wear. We are all living with western influence and some of us do not even realize that we are slowly losing our identity as Filipino’s.

So how is Rizal relevant? Given that a bigger percentage of our lifestyles today is heavily influenced by a culture that is not even close to our own. All these things made me realize that all the more Dr. Jose Rizal, our national hero is relevant in today’s society. A society blinded by the western culture and glamour. If Rizal were still alive, there would probably be immense hate towards our society

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