Por Telefono

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Por Telepono or By Phone is a play written by Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal. It discusses social issues and plans for the Philippines by two friars.

It was published in 1889 as a reply to a friar named Fr. Salvador Font in connection to his discrimination about Noli Me Tangere and for initiating the banning of Noli in the fall of 1889. The first pamphlet was printed in Barcelona under the authorship of Dimas Alang.

Por Telefono is a satirical comedy about Father Font, who was at Madrid speaking with a provincial priest in San Agustin Monastery using a telephone line that is spear-headed by The Trans-Oceanic Telephone Co.

Por Telepono is full of symbolism. It unveils how friars lived their lives and how they give thanks for the donations given by ilustrados. Every line that has been uttered in Madrid is like an echo that fills the corners of the Philippines.


  • Ancheta, Celedonio A. Jose Rizal's Life and His Complete Works. Diliman, Quezon City: National Bookstore, Inc., 1977.
  • Zaide, Gregorio F. and Zaide, Sonia M. Jose Rizal: Life, works and Writings of a Genius, Writer, Scientist and a National Hero Second Edition, Quezon City, All Nations Publishing Co. Inc. 1999 xxxii, 438 pp; 22 cm



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