El Filibusterismo – 2
February 18, 2012 Leave a comment
For this assessment our students compare and contrast characters of the novel to present day Filipinos. They are to focus on minor characters and the general population. This way, we hope to lead our students to reflect on the role of the ordinary individual to the shaping of society.
For me, as teacher of El Fili and a researcher on the thoughts of Rizal, the character of P. Florentino is very important. He is not only the counter-argument to the character of Simoun, he is also the counter-argument to the ways that this character espoused to achieve the changes necessary for the complete freedom of the Philippines.
There is a lot to understand about the views expressed by the diocesan priest and a lot more to learn. He speaks to our present, to how we are as citizens and as a country. The team decided, because of all these, to focus a part of our assessments for the year solely on the views of this man and how he speaks to us, present-day Filipinos.