To honor Andres Bonifacio on his 150th birth anniversary ( he is one of the Philippine’s national hero, by the way), our book club, Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books (PRPB), will read a book entitled Bones of Contention: The Andres Bonifacio Lectures by historian Ambeth R. Ocampo.
For the foreigners who are reading this blog, Andres Bonifacio (30 November 1863 – 10 May 1897) is called “the father of the Philippine Revolution.” He was dubbed as such because he was in the forefront of the Katipunan movement (having founded it) that sought actively for the Philippines’ independence from the Spanish colonial rule.
What made his life controversial, and what made him even more of a hero than he already is, was not just his contribution to the Philippine revolution alone. It was because, ironically, he died on the hands of his very own race – the ones whose freedom he fought so very hard for.
In light of the pork barrel scandal here in the Philippines, I can’t help but go back to Bonifacio’s time. For it was in his era where we first got a glimpse just how far some Filipinos – at least the ones who desired power deeply – were willing to go just to obtain that power.
A hundred and 17 years after his death, not much had changed in the Philippine politics scene. Just that this time around, they blatantly expose and affirm each other’s misdeeds (though of course they still have a fall guy here and there) in front of national televisions through what they call these days their privilege speech and still miraculously get away with it time and again. A very poor way to repay a hero who had lost his life because of politics. Heh, for all we know, these politicians might not even know who Andres Bonifacio is. Maybe his name, yes. But his contributions and what he truly stands for? Hmm.
Unlike Dr. Jose Rizal, not much is known about Andres Bonifacio so we enjoin everyone to read this book with us from September 27, 2013 to November 30, 2013 and be informed. PRPB will then visit the mountains of Maragondon in December 1, 2013 where the Bonifacio brothers were executed to help find their bones and at the same time, to celebrate our group’s second Christmas party.
For those who would like to join both our discussion and field trip, you may visit our thread here.