jose rizal or andres bonifacio?

Philippines
June 12, 2007 7:15pm CST
to filipinos in mylot, in your opinion, notwithstanding what has been taught us by the academe, who should be really the national hero of the philippines and why?
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@RookRocks (384)
• Philippines
17 Jun 07
The thing is, we allowed Rizal to get bigger than life through propaganda. Sure he might have been smart, but he was also a womanizer, an elitista, rumored to be a bad son, a gambler, and would rather have the country remain under the spaniards forever than obtain an identity of its own. Andres have better ideals, a hardworking proletarian who knew the desperation of spanish rule firsthand. And though his way of achieving things are on the most part a failure, we should look at the goals rather than the battles he failed to win. He exemplified the Filipino's struggle amidst hardship, and the Filipino zeal and bravery when it comes to defending the people and the country way better than Rizal did.
• Philippines
17 Jun 07
By the way, recently historians are now taking a more active reviewing of Andres Bonifacio. It would appear that classic history books of Zaide and others had been active in tainting his reputation, just as they made Aguinaldo a nationalistic hero. It was actually found out (or at least they say) that Aguinaldo stole the money after he made a break to Hongkong, never sharing it to his fellow leaders and members of the revolution. And that Andres Bonifacio is not the doofus we are all led to believe.
• Philippines
17 Jun 07
yeah. you are right about aguinaldo. treacherous and sly. he, in fact, sold the philippines. and we have him as a hero. tsk3. and about andres, yep. he is a true revolutionary. argh. i can't take a side. and class debate is coming up soon. thanks for your input. it's a great help. i think i could take up both sides and defend it well.
• Philippines
17 Jun 07
yeah. you are right about aguinaldo. treacherous and sly. he, in fact, sold the philippines. and we have him as a hero. tsk3. and about andres, yep. he is a true revolutionary. argh. i can't take a side. and class debate is coming up soon. thanks for your input. it's a great help. i think i could take up both sides and defend it well.
• Philippines
2 Dec 07
i still believe in pen is mighter than the sword. i'll vote for jose rizal. he fought the spaniards using his talent and skills in writing. i think thats the best. goodluck! http://r.yuwie.com/antoinette7777 -its like myspace but it pays you.
• Philippines
31 Mar 08
he did not fought the spaniards, he fights for his own vision of reformation that this country will be a part of spain, and we (the filipino/tagalog) will also be a spaniards
• Philippines
2 Oct 08
pen is mighter than sword is for the people who are rich, elite, eloquent and the like. it may inspire the burning hearts of the filipinos but still one way to achive success in gaining our own nation is by being revoulutionary. it may sound unique and famous, it is not enough to resolve problems like this. rizal just got famous because he is rich, he is educated to bec. he is rich. its not that rich people are not deserving its just that, it is not enough.
• Philippines
2 Sep 07
We are the only country in the world where a national hero is not a revolutionary person. The Americans, who were occupying the Philippines at the time that the latter was choosing its national hero among Rizal and Bonifacio, influenced the Filipino leaders to choose Rizal as its national hero so that the Filipinos will not be inspired to stage a revolution against them. I have a high respect for Rizal but I choose Bonifacio. In fact, I believe that the Philippines might have a different direction in many ways if our national hero is an agressive and idealist one.
• Philippines
2 Oct 08
i agree on what you said. also historians of today are thinking more deeply and researching more about bonifacio's life and heroism.
@tombiz (2039)
• Philippines
12 Jul 07
I believe that there is never a point in comparing the two heroes. both of them had their own qualities which endear to all of us Filipinos. In fact, we need more heroes like them. Debating who should be the national hero is just a waste of time.
• Philippines
31 Mar 08
debating is not a waste of time this issue must be solved! and if one decided who is the true national hero, it will affect his sense of nationalism
@orbeltadz (506)
• Baguio, Philippines
6 Jul 07
Rizal no other. Our generation has already spoken. Why do we need to choose a replacement for his deeds, love of his country, and dedication to served his fellowmen.
• Philippines
2 Oct 08
What do you mean by generation? Us? hmm. i just want to tell you that first of all, it is not the filipinos who chose rizal, it was the americans. they chose him because he doesnt literally fight. unlike other filipinos or military filipinos we know. it is not that i dont like rizal it's that bonfacio could be better on that spot. rizal may be so wit or intelligent, but andres is intelligent too though not as rizal. but what's the point of beeing too much intelligent.? i like andres because of his ideals and revolutionary deeds. other people may see him as not thinking, maybe because of the tense he got and for being poor. but the important thing is, he fights for us filipinos.
@khaezi (1003)
• Philippines
18 Jun 07
both are heroes, both cannot move if one of them was not on history. Rizal was the brain and Bonifacio was the brawns. Rizal cannot hold a sword and bonifacio cannot think or do diplomatic treaties
• Philippines
31 Mar 08
hehehe bonifacio founded the KKK he fight for the rights and for the freedom of every tagalog he fight that this country will be named as katagalugan, and the people tagalog, and not pilipinas and filipino which named after the spanish king filipe he has a great nationality that he want total freedom he understand all the writings of jose rizal which is written in other langauge think again that why you think that he cannot think
@hsmeilop (21)
• Philippines
7 Jul 07
Andres Bonifacio for me. Rizal was for integration to the Spanish Empire. And if he was alive at the time of the Americans... He would have wanted to be part of the United States. Which would still make the Filipinos second-class citizens. Whereas Bonifacio fought for the real freedom. Where we will be acknowledged as a separate country all together.
• Philippines
13 Jun 07
no 2nd thinking definitely its jose rizal because he don't just have the courage he also have the brains unlike andress who put him self into troubles without thinking