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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Veneration Without Understanding by Renato Constantino. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , 22 pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Veneration Without Understanding , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Veneration Without Understanding. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Veneration Without Understanding. The essay seeks to answer the question - was Rizal an American-sponsored hero?

Feb 04, Shaira Maureen rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So comes the question: Is he worthy of being our national hero? No, but he deserves a place of recognition in the wall of the greatest Filipinos.

He is a hero in the sense that he was able to see the problems generated by historical forces, discern the new social needs created by the historical development of new social relationship So comes the question: Is he worthy of being our national hero? He is a hero in the sense that he was able to see the problems generated by historical forces, discern the new social needs created by the historical development of new social relationships, and take an active part in meeting these needs.

But he is not a hero in the sense that he could have stopped and altered the course of events. Tutelage in the art of government as an excuse for colonialism is a discredited alibi. People learn and educate themselves in the process of struggling for freedom and liberty.

They attain their highest potential only when they are masters of their own destiny. Colonialism is the only agency still trying to sell the idea that freedom is a diploma to be granted by a superior people to an inferior one after years of apprenticeship. Today their ideas are orthodox and safe. However, the same concepts when made relevant to present society again make their partisans the objects of persecution by contemporary reactionaries.

Nov 24, Maui Rochell rated it liked it Shelves: paperback , non-fiction. I'm currently taking up Life and Works of Rizal in our university and our professor required us to read this book with its question, does Jose Rizal deserved to be our National Hero? In the end, I answered the question with "No, he doesn't. Mar 11, Hanna rated it really liked it Shelves: reads , non-fiction , quotables , filipino-lit , historical.

I read this for our Rizal course, however I think every Filipino should read this book. All I've ever known was Rizal as this noble and genius human being who died for this country.

Despite that, there are things that we overlooked and should criticize- not only him, but also our veneration of him. I think Constantino was a bit harsh of his criticism especially concerning his status and questioning his heroism. Nontheless, it was a great eye-opener for the masses' "blind adoration".

Jul 25, Jersey rated it it was amazing Shelves: , non-fiction , unforgettable. Some quotes from the essay along with some comments: With regards to the contradiction of Rizal's martyrdom and reformism: " He died for his people, yet his repudiation of the Revolution was an act against the people.

There seems to be a contradiction between the two acts; there is actually none. Both acts were in character; Rizal was acting from patriotic motives in both instances. For an ilustrado, the power and talents of the masses to change their society and history is underestimated. Rizal does not advocate actively fighting for freedom and independence through people's action. As a reformist, he advocates betterment of conditions under Spanish rule since, for him, liberty is not necessarily equal with independence.

Rizal and the propagandists were the embodiment of a consciousness without a movement. It was Bonifacio and the Katipunan that embodied the unity of revolutionary consciousness and revolutionary practice.

Negate all what he and the other propagandists did? Rizal was a necessary moment in our evolution. He provided the model of a form of heroism that culminated in martyrdom. He was a Filipino we can be proud of, a monument to the race despite all his limitations. But we cannot make him out to be the infallible determinant of our national goals , as his blind idolators have been trying to do.

Rizal should occupy his proper place in our pantheon of great Filipinos. Though he is secure to be in our hearts and memories as a hero, we must now realize that he has no monopoly of patriotism ; he is not the zenith of our greatness; neither are all his teachings of universal and contemporary relevance and application. However, he still deserved a great place in our history since "when the goals of the people are finally achieved, Rizal the first Filipino, will be negated by the true Filipino by whom he will be remembered as a great catalyzer in the metamorphosis of the de-colonized indio.

Dec 21, Cherokee rated it it was amazing. Nov 21, James Zapanta added it Shelves: kmkl. Dec 29, Wogie rated it really liked it Shelves: filipino-history-books. Enlightens the reader s about Rizal and the Revolution. Sep 19, Jazzen Mae rated it it was amazing. Nov 23, Keisha Zwit rated it it was amazing. Erickson rated it it was amazing Jan 04, Lara rated it liked it Jan 25, Cassandra Gio rated it it was amazing Jun 12, Graycee Canindo rated it it was amazing Jun 11, Nica Garcia rated it liked it Apr 16, Jasper Dator rated it it was amazing Nov 24, Charity Rubin rated it it was amazing Feb 24, Siena Aldave rated it liked it Jun 11, Joshua Marquezo rated it liked it Jan 30, Mark Joseph rated it it was amazing Jul 16, Nikka rated it really liked it Nov 19, Denelyn rated it it was amazing Nov 13, Roberto rated it it was amazing Dec 24, Patricia Gutierrez rated it it was amazing Dec 05, Rg Sebugon rated it liked it Jun 10, Bhoszxc rated it it was amazing Aug 18, Liz Mendoza rated it it was ok Feb 24, Gaea rated it it was amazing Dec 15, Karlk rated it it was amazing Nov 10, Dexter rated it it was amazing Nov 16, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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