By Princess Maleiha B. Candao
From the bondage of foreign imperialist, you freed us. Your excellent literary masterpieces had enlightened the dispossessed Filipino people, though you were hesitant at first to pursue the struggle but in the end you gave your life for the truth that you believed in.
You had Muslim blood from your mother, Teodora Alonzo. Your grandfather, Lorenzo Alberto Alonzo was a descendant of Lakandula, a Bornean Muslim. You had Chinese blood too. This makes me wonder what would be your stand if you were still alive today. How would you stand on the issues of Bangsamoro problem in Mindanao? How would you react to the problem on Scarborough Shoal between the Philippine government and China?
An article written by Albina Pecson Fernandez has this to say about you:
“Even if Rizal were denied the role of revolutionary in the nationalist movement on the ground that he advocated with Spain, he would still be considered such in the REALM OF LITERATURE.
You, my dear hero, is one testament that writing your mind and using it as an INSTRUMENT OF CHANGE has been an effective tool to educate a dispossessed society like the Filipinos.
Thank you for your “Noli Me Tangere,” which was a slow slap on the faces of those friars, and your romantic nature peeping in between your lines.
Thank you for pushing the women’s rights in Germany too, which is a testament of your high regard for women. Your letter to the young women of Malolos in 1889 had confirmed this.
Marami pa po kayong nagawa at kulang po ang espasyo dito para ilahad kong lahat.
Salamat po ng marami sa iyong inspirasyon.