The Loves of Rizal
The Loves of Rizal and Other Essays on Philippine History, Art and Public Policy written by Pablo S. Trillana III to mark various occasions in the Philippine Centennial celebrations. Published by New Day Publishers in 2000.
About the Book
"Chased" rather than "chaste" seems to be a more appropriate description of the national hero's amorous encounters, considering how women here and abroad were irresistibly drawn to him like moths to the light. His many encounters ranged from the teenager Julia to a string of flirtatious and serious relationships that included his great love, Leonor Rivera. Yet chaste he did remain-or so author Pablo S. Trillana III claims up until he met Josephine Bracken who became what we call a "live-in" partner. Always underlining Rizal's romances was his intense devotion to his mother and country. In the final analysis, Rizal never married any of his love because he had already married his native land.
Nationalism is the unifying theme of The Loves of Rizal and Other Essays on Philippine History, Art and Public Policy. But Trillana takes it a step further by relating nationalism with Filipino spirituality, particularly as evidenced by the Revolutions of 1896 (Katipunan) and 1986 (EDSA). The "Cry of Pamitinan" tells how Bonifacio grounded the Katipunan in Philippine spiritual traditions. In another essay, Trillana compares Rizal with Lincoln who also believed in certain aspects of the supernatural. The essay on education reveals a little-known facet of Rizal's vision - his views on education which continue to be applicable to this day and the new millennium. And his essays on art and public policy bespeak affinity with our cultural heritage and concern for enlightenment in public discourse.
This book is good read for historians, educators, Rizal fans, Centennial buffs, art lovers, and enthusiasts of public issues of the day.
Trillana, Pablo S. III. The Loves of Rizal and Other Essays on Philippine History, Art and Public Policy. Quezon City: New Day Publisher, 2000.