-"Summary of the Film"-
Jose Protasio "Pepe" Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda or known "Jose Rizal" was a Filipino writer who wrote a novels. His novels are all about for the Spaniards that living in the Philippines and to brighten the minds of all Filipinos from the harshly doings of the Spaniards. Jose Rizal take a Course of Doctor in University Of Sto. Tomas and continued his studies in Europe. When he was a child his first teacher was his mother "Teodora Alonso". Dr. Jose Rizal was intelligent and have a pride to his self or in Spanish we called "Amor Propio". Hia brother Paciano Mercado was the first who tell about the hashly doing of the Spaniards to Filipino. Spaniards was angry to Mercado's Family because of Paciano that is living with Padre Burgos who is died because of sin that is not made by Padre Burgos, because of that problem Pepe decided to change his name to protect his self. Paciano gave Pepe a name of "Jose Rizal Mercado y Alonso". Rizal was prisoned in Fort Santiago, 1896. He has a lawyer named Luis Taviel de Andrade. when he was in Fort Santiago he do not stop writing novels but when his novels is discovered by the Spaniards, all his book was burned by the Spanish Padre. Rizal has a prisoner servant named Gabriel, Gabriel attentively listens in Rizal's story about his life. When Rizal's mother had a cataract Rizal cured it because Rizal is an Optical Doctor. Rizal had a wife named Josephine Bracken but when Rizal and Josephine had a chils their child died exactly the day that it was born. Before the day that Riazal will be killed by the Spaniards December 29,1896 , Ibarra (Simoun) showned to Rizal and said, "Keep Writing" Rizal write his last book entitled "Ang Huling Paalam" and changed Ibarra's story in his novel. December 30,1896 the day that Rizal Would be killed, Rizal talked to his Mother and gave a lamp. Rizal also talked to Luis Traviel de Andrade and gave a Necklace but Taviel didn't accept it and let Rizal to keep it then Rizal was killed in Bagumbayan and Andres Bonifacio: the fonder of the Katipunan killed the Spaniards including Padre Damazo with his members in KKK then Emilio Aguinaldo was become the President of the Philippines.
Rizal's novels was: "NOLI ME TANGERE", "EL FILIBUSTERISMO" , and "ANG HULING PAALAM". His Newspaper was: "LA SOLIDARIDAD" and "LA LIGA FILIPINA".
The story was great. Rizal was too brave to do that in his own country. I think be do that because of his love in the Philippines and Filipinos. He has a lot of pride in his self. His heroic deed was a good example for the Filipino. I understand most of the part but some are not clarrified to me. Rizal was so intelligent but the thing that done to himis not good and not accurate for Rizal because he is the one who saved Philippines from the harshly doing of the Spaniards but the Spaniards don't want to accept their mistake but I'm happy because the Philippines today have a democracy.
-"CHARACTERS AND THE ROLE THAT THEY PORTRAYED"-
Jose Rizal - Cesar Montano
Ibarra / Simoun - Joel Torre
Teodora Alonso - Gloria Diaz
Andres Bonifacio - Gardo Versoza
Maria Clara - Monique Wilson
Josephine Breacken - Chin Chin Gutierrez
Leonor Rivera - Mickey Ferriols
Paciano Mercado - Pen Medina
Archbishop Bernardo - Peque Gallaga
Blanco - Bon Vibar
Alcocer - Subas Herrero
Polavieja - Tony Mabesa
Olive - Alexis Santaren
Father Villaclara - Chiqui Xeres Burgos
Prisoner Servant - Jhong Hilario
*Rizal's Brothers and Sister*
Saturnina - Gina Alajar
Narcissa - Tanya Gomez
Maria - Tess Dumpit
Lucia - Irma Adlawan-Marasigan
Josefa - Angie Castrence
Trinidad - Rowena Basco
Soledad - Kaye Marie June Congmon
Francisco Mercado - Ronnie Lazaro
Young Rizal - Dominic Guintu
Young Paciano - Crispin Medina
Gregg De Guzman
Jesusito "Jess" Evardone
Pio Valenzuela - Marco Sison
Gobernadorcillo - Joel Lamangan
Dominican Friar - Tony Carreon
Elias - Nonie Buencamino
Basilio - Roeder
Isagani - Richard Quan
Padre Damazo - Cristobal Gomez
Antonio Rivera - Nanding Josef
Fernando - Ryan Eigenmann
-"HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PHILIPPINES"-
I think Rizal because of him the Philippines have the democracy and the Filipinos were brighten in the real story behind the Philippines. This film was a heroic and good. This is made for us to know what is happening before. It so harshly but Rizal didn't stop to write novels. I hope that those things in the film would not happen again.
-"SOCIAL RELEVANCE OF THE FILM TO OUR PRESENT SOCIETY"-
Now the Philippines is not under the Spaniards Administration. Those thing that happen in the film was scary becaused the Spaniards are harshly to people. But now the Philippines was free and I'm happy for that situition.
"WHAT MATTERS DEATH IF ONE DIES FOR WHAT ONE LOVES , FOR NATIVE LAND
AND CHERISHED ONES"
film by: MARILOU DIAZ ABAYA