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Rizal Encore

April 3, 2010

Yesterday I have finished reading Zaide’s [Gregorio and Sonia] “JOSE RIZAL—Life, Works, and Writings of a Genius, Writer, Scientist and National Hero” [c.2008]. I am now reading “RIZAL” by Austin Coates [1969]… I can affirm that reading “LOLO JOSE” first by Asuncion Lopez-Bantug was wise. Knowing Rizal from the stories of his direct descendants made him more real…less of an enigma, and above all, not just a pile of an unfeeling monument. Studying in a public school named after him—Jose Rizal Elementary School— personally took on more significance and gives me pride than never before.  I wonder when the itch or the urge to read about him would stop! What I know is surely when I get bored reading books on general [biographical] knowledge about him, I shall read the collection of his correspondences.

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