Monday, January 02, 2017

Romanticizing Jose Rizal in the Pens of the Former NHCP Chair: Not Appealing to the Millennials?

The National Historical Institute was replaced by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) through Republic Act 10086 also known as “Strengthening Peoples’ Nationalism through Philippine History Act” approved on May 12, 2010.

Prof. Ambeth Ocampo was among its former chairpersons who is renown for promoting romanticism over nationalism and post-colonialism discourses.

Undeniably, the Philippine history of today is still focused on the life, works, and style of Rizal---as if nothing more important events that are worthy of academic historical revisionism than before and after Jose Rizal and Josephine Bracken’s romance?

This explains the misled national consciousness of romanticism over pre-colonialism, during colonialism, and post-colonialism towards lasting peace, inclusive growth, and sustainable development.

The Filipinos were and are being conditioned to forget more important historical questions especially the whys and the hows, and instead focusing---on chronology answering the questions of who, when, where, what questions---and making history a boring subject in schools, and historiography unpalatable.

No wonder, Jose Rizal was the United States’ conveniently sponsored hero for the Filipinos. This further explains why as a nation-state, it took this country more than 70 years reckoned from July 4, 1946 to declare a truly independent Philippine foreign policy in the context of the 1987 Philippine Constitution's Art. 2 sec. 7.

Thanks indeed to people’s president Duterte for his "high-octane power politics" in optimizing post-colonialism, postmodernism, and poststructuralism stance tempered with “historical injustices” leading to the truest liberation of Filipino people from colonialism and imperialism.

The Philippine history is dominated by the colonial-minded elites and the Filipino oligarchs who pretended to know everything about the struggle of the masses---much less the state of the Indios, the 
Infieles, and the Moros at the height of the conquest and colonialism of Spain, the misleading manifest destiny and colonialism of United States of America, the Asian pro-prosperity sphere and colonialism of Japan, and the Filipino oligarchs’ politicking and camouflaging their sponsored land-grabbing system.

Shifting from unitary to federal form of government is key.

Federalizing Philippine history will also help resolve the colonially inspired “historical injustices” by the imperial Manila-centric history of further dividing the people for their vested interests---manifested by the misleading “historical revisionism” by another former chairperson of the NHCP, Prof. Ma. Serena Diokno.