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#145 El Filibusterismo

El Filibusterismo (Spanish for “The Filibustering”), also known by its English alternate title The Reign of Greed, is the second novel written by Philippine national hero José Rizal (From Wikipedia). The sequel to Noli Me Tangere and also written in Spanish, El Filibusterismo was first published in 1891 in Ghent, Belgium.

Like Noli Me Tangere, El Filibusterismo is required reading in Philippine high schools and colleges. The book is not as popular as the Noli Me Tangere, but provides a platform for Rizal to promote his ideas on social change in Philippine society during the colonial era.

Literary critics are divided on the merits of Rizal’s two novels, with many saying that the value of Rizal’s literary writings were mainly anchored on its social commentary or political contents and their impact on or how it shaped public opinion.

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#12 Noli Me Tangere

Noli Me Tangere (Latin for ‘touch me not) is the iconic 19th-century novel written by the Philippine national hero Jose Rizal. 

The novel may not win literary awards, but as a social manifesto against Spanish rule in the Philippines, Rizal’s novel touched a  raw chord in both Spanish and Filipino readers.  A required reading in all Philippine schools (and in all levels) Noli’s melodramatic  plot exposes the corruption and hypocrisy of the Philippine Roman Catholic Church and the ruling Spanish elite.

Considered as the most influential political novel authored by a Filipino, Rizal completed Noli Me Tangere in Spanish in 1887 while he was studying in Europe. Banned in the Philippines by the Spanish religious and political authorities, Rizal continued to write and completed a second and follow-up novel, El Filibusterismo, to the Noli, and in the process incurred the wrath of the Spanish rulers. Charged with sedition and heresy (by the Catholic Church), Rizal was later executed by firing squad in 1896 at Bagumbayan (now called the Rizal Park) in Manila.

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