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This book is a must read for every Filipinos who really wants to know the real story of our history. There are lots of different, hidden and underground stories in this book about the real scenarios and personalities of our heroes. I have already had a conversations with different Historians and History Majors regarding the real story of our history but I found out that there's really a lot of hidden stories out there and there's a lot of stories that the average Filipino didn't knew or taught from school, some of the stories were just scripted and not real. But I didn't mean that all of them are not real but there's really a lot of important things that we should know. That's why I really recommend this book for every Filipino whom is concern about our history. I've read (or heard) somewhere that the problem with historians is that they view history as problems confronting people, not people confronting problems. Nick Joaquin, perhaps the first ever in the country, did the latter. Joaquin narrated history in terms of our heroes' (or antiheroes') character, and his painting of each person's strengths and shortcomings offers a deeper insight on what hampered whatever Filipino dream for national democracy and independence there was. Again, they were people confronting problems. And the same problem for all ten heroes in this book was faced differently according to class and character, which Joaquin effectively whipped with his wit.

I do wish, however, that Nick Joaquin did not entirely exclude the proletariat (not even a chapter for Emilia Jacinto?). I think he may have praised the ilustrado class too much, dismissing the "ignorant class" as those who failed the 1896 Revolution in Manila, deserted Aguinaldo and Luna around 1898, and only emerged as the continuing (and dying) revolution come 1900s under Artemio Ricarte. After two essays of Bonifacio, he was merely referred to later on as the pompous Supremo who proved nothing in the San Juan Battle. But from what I read, the Revolution of the Ilustrados that Nick Joaquin so revered as what ignited the whole struggle was a series of selfinterests, personal vendetta, and bad decisionmaking by the "intellectual class." If anyone failed and killed the revolution, it was Aguinaldo. I actually disagree with Joaquin on the part where he said the middle class did not abandon the revolution of the masses since the middle class started it in the first place, but it was in fact the petty clan and class wars of the bourgeoisie that augured the doom of the revolution.

But that's just my view of the story and I'm no Nick Joaquin; I'm only his reader. Still five stars, because, duh, Nick Joaquin. A mustread for every Filipino. A book to reawaken one's patriotism or one's curiosity toward the truth of history. Do we believe everything taught to us in one book, one author, one perspective of events that have formed our nation? This book calls us to dig deeper and have a wider knowledge and wider appreciation (or disappointment) of who we place on pedestals and call heroes. A beautiful perspective on characters we are familiar with but may have never really understood with background.

Also, after a long search for the onesentence paragraph my literature teacher told us that Nick Joaquin wrote, I smile at the fortunate coincidence that this book has presented to me at the very end of the page, as if to reward me for the arduous journey I undertook just to finish reading this book.

PPS You should also read "Dead Stars" by Paz Marquez Benitez as mentioned in this book as a possible Ricarte parable. This book, written by a personal favorite, sheds light on the obscurities of our Philippine history, a palliative to the widespread brainwashing of the inaccurate accounts of our history books. It is spoton with how unwarranted the adorations and "canonizations" our society have bestowed upon some of our heroes. Joaquin excellently recounted Burgos' sectarian uprising as a prescient to the Filipino nationalism's rise, the valiance of the Propaganda movement, Aguinaldo's superior captaincy, Luna's cunning and cerebral generalship, and the last and leastcelebrated (if at all) Filipino revolutionary Ricarte.

A common underlying theme, our heritage of smallness, comes to life on every page. The book has made a bold claim that this had preempted their ideologies taking form and grander dreams for the country. The book is in a higher league from other historical accounts because of its balanced, explicit details on the protagonists' works, shortcomings, and surprising eccentricities, as well as applying a systematic thinking approach between events and the equally important figures that shaped them. Joaquin effectively refuted the romanticism that plagued our history with his own distinguished brand of wit and facts from the most revered historians and academicians. A must read for EVERY FILIPINO, bar none. Were History taught to be examined and not memorized, I would've engaged with it more. (Better late than never?)

Ours is a country given to (being ruined by?) idol worship; this book challenges that culture. In reality, our heroes were all too human—not always valiant, not all total romantics about the idea of a free nation. To uncover and accept their faults do not take away from their worth in history; it makes them richer subjects for study. (It makes them, dare I say, "relatable". I am a millennial after all.)

If anything, I just wish Joaquin used footnotes for reference as some of the "revelations" were a bitch to factcheck, but he is quick to tag rumors as they were. (Should you pick it up, remember that this is a book of essays and not a textbook.) A mustread! A mustread collection of personal insights on our national heroes and our history. Thoughtprovoking.

Heroes are still humans after all, contributing the better and worse versions of themselves to the history of this nation. History is always painful, but the pain should hold a promise, otherwise these heroes, these persons, would have fallen for a continuing battle that remains uncertain when to be won.

(The longer and more personal review is unfit for posting. :D) from burgos to ricarte. the revolution that was started by the ilustrados. from spanish to japanese occupation i question myself are we really free? I've learned so much stuff that weren't taught in school. This is recommended to those who like controversies in history.
Thank you, Nick Joaquin. An excellent introduction to some of the most prominent historical Filipinos. He provides a fairly well balanced viewpoint and cites his reasons for supporting one or another view about individuals that are controversial.

He is a very good antidote to the overemphasis place on Renato Constatino's book, A Past Revisited. Joaquin finds the actions of individuals and groups to be that of obvious self interest and does not blame them for that in general, but acknowledges differing agendas.

Where he finds faults, he discusses them, Aquinaldos failure to take Manila and his reliance and preference for his clan and friends at the expense of effective leadership. And again he balances Mabini's accusations with his own failure to balance competing interests.

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