Tag Archives: Jose Rizal

Vox Populi Vox Dei: A Deaf CBCP Gets A Wake up Call?

he RHB and the Carlos Celdran issue is not about to die down. Rather, this is the beginning of a wider debate not just on the RHB — but into topics such as organized religion, faith, separation of church and state, and freedom of expression. The crux of the matter being that this was an exercise in freedom of expression in support of the RHB. It was also an in your-face reminder to a Roman Catholic heirarchy that has become deaf to Vox Dei — and has instead become Vox Diabolii. Jose Rizal was not the only casualty of Padre Damaso — there were more before him. Rizal however provided clarity and focus on what ailed the Filipino nation in 1896. Unfortunately, we have yet to put closure to that period of our history. We are now presented with this opportunity to carry the torch of the quintessential First Filipino — Jose Rizal — are we, Filipinos, up to the task to deliver a wake up call to Padre Damaso and Company?

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Dead Heroes are So Yesterday or Tigulang Na Tonto Ra Gihapon

I don’t know whether I should be amused or be rolling on the floor laughing. You know why? It’s this “you need to be in the Philippines to be able to do something that counts”. You see, if I were to take this twisted logic at face value – this would mean that sa dinami […]

What Would Jose Rizal Say?

If Jose Rizal were still alive today, I bet he will weep after seeing what has become of the Philippines – a country which has become a colony of its own elite. Indeed, “Why independence, if the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow?” Will he tell the Filipinos – if you wish to be saved, you must redeem yourself, you must seek enlightenment, you must know liberty? Will today’s Filipinos listen to him? By his writings that admonish the Filipinos of their indolence and lack of enlightenment, will da Pinoy call Rizal an anti-pinoy?