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Pinoy Alternate History (Part 2)

Just like last year’s celebration of Independence Day, I joined RocketKapre.com’s Twitter discussion/trend/story telling about alternate Filipino history. By means of the hashtag #RP612fic, Twitter users shared their tweet-length stories about our country’s alternative history and realist micro fiction.

I decided to collate and post my #RP612fic tweets here in my blog because eventually, these stories will be covered with other stories, opinion, and whatnots on my timeline. I would like to preserve these precious tweets and let it reach a wider audience through Juan Republic.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am presenting you the product of my love for history, pop culture, conspiracy theory, and Game of Thrones.

  • Before Jose Rizal was given a mercy shot in the head, the commanding officer told him “The Lannisters send their regards”.
  • Simoun/Crisostomo Ibarra’s plan to sabotage Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey’s wedding failed when Isagani threw the lamp to the river
  • "Di lang ako Presidente! Artista rin ako at hindi ako basta-basta artista! Ako si Da King at ang orig na Panday!" - President FPJ
  • The White Walkers defeated the Night’s Watch under General Gregorio Del Pilar. They later chased Aguinaldo in Palanan, Isabela.
  •  Andres Bonifacio sensed that something was wrong at the Tejeros Convention when ‘The Rains of Castamere’ was played by the Cavitenos.
  •  The last words of Captain Pedro Janolino to the bloodied corpse of General Antonio Luna: “And now his watch has ended.”
  •   Pol Medina Jr. declared National Artist for Visual Arts - much to the dismay of St. Scholastica administration.
  •  Bossing Vic Sotto unites with Peter Jackson! ‘Si Bilbo Baggins at si Enteng Kabisote’ eyed for the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival
  •   In the Battle of Manila Bay, the Americans implored the help of Tyrion Lannister to use wildfire against the Spaniards.
  •  The City of Manila was declared an ‘Open City’ to save it from further destruction from Khaleesi’s dragons and her unsullied army.
  •  The City of Manila was the second most destroyed city during the War of the Five Kings - next only to Winterfell.
  •  PNoy named Hannibal Lecter as Malacanan’s new executive chef. The palace received good feedbacks from guests at the Vin D’Honneur
  •  Bonifacio rose up from his grave and punched ER Ejercito in the face over the former’s ‘bad image’ in the movie ‘El Presidente’.
  •  Before Aguinaldo’s men could kill them, Procopio and Andres Bonifacio contacted USS Enterprise and shouted “Beam us up, Scotty!”
  •   In 1892, Jose Rizal was exiled to the planet Vulcan. There, he became friends with Spock and the rest of the Vulcans.
  • In the year 2080, due to the numerous archived pro-Marcos posts, kids believe that Ferdinand Marcos is a member of The Beatles.

I could have added other insane stories on my tweets but I didn’t want to flood my followers’ Twitter timeline and I was then in the middle of rushing (read: cramming) my diagnostic examinations for my students (Yes, I’m a High School teacher. Yey.)

It is said that there are no ifs in history. We cannot dwell on the past and try to change it. But we can always learn from its lessons. As what George Santayana said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

But we can always use our imagination and think of a good and creative historical fiction. And have a good laugh.

Mabuhay ang Kalayaan! Padayon!

___________________


Elsewhere:

  • Pinoy Alternate History - My #RP612fic tweets from last year - inspired by pop culture, television shows, and conspiracy theories.

Sino si Pepe?

Sino ka ba, Pepe?

Pinanganak June 19, 1861 Calamba Laguna Namatay December 30, 1896 sa Bagong Bayan na ngayon ay Luneta Dito nanumpa ang maraming mga pangulo at binabaril minsan ang mga turista Ang dami mong sinulat pero sino ba ang nagbabasa? Kabayanihan mo’y nasa aming ugat pero tunay ka ba naming kilala? Mula kapanganakan hanggang kamatayan kasama namin ang iyong pangalan Nalimutan na namin kung sino ka talaga

Sino ka ba, Pepe? 

Pero naku, ang dami naming tanong. Talaga bang ikaw ay para sa rebolusyon o assimilasyon? Talaga bang binawi mo ang mga sinulat at sinabi mo noon? O ikaw ba’y isang dakilang ilusyon ng panahon? Sabi mo noon gusto mo ang libingan ay simpleng hukay. Isang bato, isang krus sa paanan ng bundok. Walang anibersaryo, walang seremonias, walang palabok. Pero Pepe, wala kang magagawa, paminsan-minsan masabi lang namin, may kalahi kaming dakila.

Sino ka ba, Pepe? 

Pero tignan mo naman ngayon, Pepe. 
Hindi ka lang pinag-aaralan, dinadakila, Ikaw rin ay dinadasalan, sinasamba na parang Jesus Christ lang. Kaya idol talaga kita Pepe. Kahit ano pang sabihin nila hindi na bale. Dahil wala kang katulad. The first Filipino. The great Malayan. The Pride of the Malay Race. Tagalog Christ. National Hero. Sobresaliente. Kahit ang mukha mo ay nakikita lang namin sa piso na nawawala na nang halaga.

Sino ka ba, Pepe? Sino ka ba talaga, Pepe?

Who is Pepe? Who is Jose Rizal?

I was then a cute and talented grade one student in my former school (the adjectives may be unnecessary but trust me, they’re essential for this article). You know how things go along on schools during the celebration of its foundation. There were programs, parties, field demonstrations, and other things that our teachers forced us to do. I was the candidate of our class in the usual mister and miss pageant/talent show/whatever you call those contests. During the question and answer portion, the host asked me what will I do if ever I got the chance to meet Jesus. Yes, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Now most of the kids my age would probably ask the God about material things, blessings, and other kiddie stuff (you know, he’s omnipotent) but did you know what I answer? I told the host that if ever I got to meet Jesus, I will ask him to tell me a story. Not the usual stories or parables of Jesus but the life story of Dr. Jose Rizal.

Guess what? I lost the competition and did not even place. I think I got one special award but it was too unessential to have a place in my memory.

Do I have any regrets answering that way? Maybe a little. Because my parents - with their high expectations for the said competition - repeatedly taunt the way I answered. (But for the record, I did not hate them for that. It’s actually funny to remember those things after all these years.)

As I grew up, I had other chances to meet Dr. Jose Rizal. I was in grade three when I first visited his house in Calamba, Laguna. I was in grade four when the biopic Jose Rizal starring Cesar Montano came out at the Metro Manila Film Fest. I was in High School when I studied his life and two novels - Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. And in college, I took the required Rizal subject and looked at him in a deeper perspective. I studied his life, works, his escapades, his women, and the controversies surrounding his life.

I thought I already knew Jose Rizal. I was wrong. It turned out that I would learn more about him after finishing college.

This may sound ridiculous but although my favorite subject in school is  history, I had a tough time dealing with bookish teachers who seem to know nothing about the subject. I suffered from poor teachers teaching bad history and apathetic classmates (i.e. "Huwag ka nang magtanong. Aanhin mo ba yang history sa trabaho?"). So I resorted to my own effort to know the subject more.

Of course, we learned who Dr. Jose Rizal is, his achievements, (some of) his works, the number of women whom he allegedly went to bed with, the number of places he’s been to, and the number of languages that he can speak. But are those enough? Is that the way Pepe wants us to remember him?

I think knowing and understanding who Pepe is is a continuing work (or a struggle, if you may permit). We live in the world where everybody seems to be speaking in behalf of a great person; where history can be manipulated; and the stories heard are from those with a loud voice.

I am no expert when it comes to history nor have a sufficient knowledge about Dr. Jose Rizal but let me share with you the things that I have learned after graduating  from school: Do not be contented with your teacher’s history. Read other books. Compare. Ask questions. And do not be gullible.

As we celebrate and commemorate Pepe’s 151st birthday today, I hope we all make an effort to know him more and to really understand his legacy and message. Let us not let the man’s noble efforts and sacrifice die in vain.

Ikaw? Ano ang pagkakakilala mo kay Jose Rizal?

Elsewhere:

  • Rock Rizal - The song above is Sino si Pepe? by Radioactive Sago Project. It is included in last year’s Rock Rizal compilation featuring original songs inspired by Jose Rizal’s life and works. Check out the other tracks from Ely Buendia, Gloc-9, Ebe Dancel, Jett Pangan, Peryodiko, Aiza Seguerra and many more. 
  • Reflections on Rizal-Three Thoughts - Sir Nik’s piece about how we Filipinos view Jose Rizal, how he grew up with him, and how we should view his works. This is a must-read. 

SoundCloud / Rock Ed Philippines

"Canto de Maria Clara" (Jose Rizal)

Dulces las horas en la propia patria
Donde es amigo cuanto alumbra el sol,
Vida es la brisa en sus campos vuela,
Grata la muerte y mas tierno el amor !

Ardientes besos en los labios juegan,
De una madre en el seno al despertar,
Buscan los brazos a cenir al cuello,
Y los ojos sonriense al mirar.

Dulce es la muerte por la propia patria,
Donde es amigo cuanto alumbra el sol;
Muerte es la brisa para quien no tiene
Una patria, una madre y un amor!

Canto de Maria Clara. The Song of Maria Clara. This was one of the numerous poems by the man, our great hero, Jose Rizal who is celebrating his 150th birthday today.

This poem was reinvented and given a modern touch when Filipino Indie Pop Royalty The Camerawalls with their frontman Clementince Castro decided to make it as a song. This was included on their debut album.

If you cannot understand Spanish, you can view the English translation and the Filipino translation of the poem by clicking the link.

Maligayang ika-150 kaarawan at mabuhay ka Gat Jose Rizal!

Source: juanrepublic

Rizal @ 150 Front Page of the Day
It’s Sunday. It’s Jose Rizal’s 150th birthday. And as usual, I’ll give you a glimpse of the front page, a rundown of the current events, of what’s hot, and what’s not.
I was suppose to buy a copy of today’s issue of PDI but the vendor told me that the copies here in Los Baños lack some parts. Especially the Sunday Inquirer Magazine. So I just decided to look for the digital copy. I already tweeted @inquirerdotnet and they promised me that they will do something about it.
And as usual, here we go with the rundown:
Palace stands firm on the issue about the Spratly Group of Islands. The BRP Raja Humabon, our country’s only warship, has already been deployed to guard the Scarborough Shoal. Yes kids, it’s true that we have warship. And no, it is not true that our most powerful floating vessel is Willie Revillame’s yacht.
There’s a looming food crisis and the government secures agriculture for food-secure future. I hope that this (alleged) food crisis is not the same as the past administration when it was allegedly use to divert the attention of the people from the leader’s numerous scandals and controversies. And please burgis capitalists, stop converting agricultural lands to commercial/ real estate lands.
Jose Rizal lives in Cesar Montano. The latter, just in case the younger generation does not know, portrayed our National Hero in one of the most awarded movies of all-time. Back in the day when movies shown at the MMFF have quality and substance.
Speaking of MMFF, I read last night that there will be another installment of Shake, Rattle, and Roll series. Crap. Planning to have it until the 150th installment? Hangga’t nabubuhay si Mother Lily at ang Regal Films, may horror kami! (I miss the old MMFF. Seriously.)
The newly-built 22-feet Jose Rizal statue is now the world’s tallest statue of our National Hero. It was unveiled this morning by President Aquino. I have to visit that monument during one of these days. (22 feet signifying the 22 dialects that Rizal knew. Cool.)
Elsewhere and other personal stuff:
Thank you to those who read (and who shed a tear) my Father’s Day post. Just in case you miss that one, you can click this link. Happy Father’s day to the one who contributed the sperm cell on your zygote!
If you want to relive the life of our National Hero, you can watch Jose Rizal (starring Cesar Montano) tonight on GMA News TV. I-cut kaya nila yung scene na may nanggagahasang Prayle?
If you only remembered our National Hero just because today is his birthday, think again.
It’s a long weekend. Spend your time wisely.
Maligayang ika-150 kaarawan Gat Jose Rizal. Padayon!

Rizal @ 150 Front Page of the Day

It’s Sunday. It’s Jose Rizal’s 150th birthday. And as usual, I’ll give you a glimpse of the front page, a rundown of the current events, of what’s hot, and what’s not.

I was suppose to buy a copy of today’s issue of PDI but the vendor told me that the copies here in Los Baños lack some parts. Especially the Sunday Inquirer Magazine. So I just decided to look for the digital copy. I already tweeted @inquirerdotnet and they promised me that they will do something about it.

And as usual, here we go with the rundown:

  • Palace stands firm on the issue about the Spratly Group of Islands. The BRP Raja Humabon, our country’s only warship, has already been deployed to guard the Scarborough Shoal. Yes kids, it’s true that we have warship. And no, it is not true that our most powerful floating vessel is Willie Revillame’s yacht.
  • There’s a looming food crisis and the government secures agriculture for food-secure future. I hope that this (alleged) food crisis is not the same as the past administration when it was allegedly use to divert the attention of the people from the leader’s numerous scandals and controversies. And please burgis capitalists, stop converting agricultural lands to commercial/ real estate lands.
  • Jose Rizal lives in Cesar Montano. The latter, just in case the younger generation does not know, portrayed our National Hero in one of the most awarded movies of all-time. Back in the day when movies shown at the MMFF have quality and substance.
  • Speaking of MMFF, I read last night that there will be another installment of Shake, Rattle, and Roll series. Crap. Planning to have it until the 150th installment? Hangga’t nabubuhay si Mother Lily at ang Regal Films, may horror kami! (I miss the old MMFF. Seriously.)
  • The newly-built 22-feet Jose Rizal statue is now the world’s tallest statue of our National Hero. It was unveiled this morning by President Aquino. I have to visit that monument during one of these days. (22 feet signifying the 22 dialects that Rizal knew. Cool.)

Elsewhere and other personal stuff:

  • Thank you to those who read (and who shed a tear) my Father’s Day post. Just in case you miss that one, you can click this link. Happy Father’s day to the one who contributed the sperm cell on your zygote!
  • If you want to relive the life of our National Hero, you can watch Jose Rizal (starring Cesar Montano) tonight on GMA News TV. I-cut kaya nila yung scene na may nanggagahasang Prayle?
  • If you only remembered our National Hero just because today is his birthday, think again.
  • It’s a long weekend. Spend your time wisely.

Maligayang ika-150 kaarawan Gat Jose Rizal. Padayon!

Source: inquirer.net

Kolboy: Ang Bagong Pambansang Bayani
Hindi naman siguro kaila sa atin na sandamakmak ang mga call centers ngayon. At mas lalong hindi kaila sa atin na iyong mga ibang mga nagsipagtapos - kahit gaano kalayo sa kurso - ay nagtatrabaho sa mga call centers.
Mga nagpupuyat, nakababad sa harap ng computer, tinitiis ang pagod at hirap at ang pambabalahura ng ilang mga foreigner, gamit ang fake American accent, makapagtrabaho at mabuhay lamang.
Mga makabagong bayani sa modernong mundo ng globalisasyon ika nga.
Pero hindi din naman kaila sa atin ang mga problema na kinahaharap ng ating mga makabagong bayani. Pagkakasakit. Security of tenure. At kung totoong meron ba talagang career dito - o isa lamang panandaliang survival habang naghihiintay ng ibang oportunidad.
Sa tingin ninyo, kung ngayon nabuhay si Jose Rizal, kolboy din kaya siya? Hindi ako sigurado. Nanggaling siya sa may kayang pamilya at hindi na niya siguro kailangang magtrabaho. Siguro, may mga tauhan siya sa nobela na mga call center agents. Pero nakasisiguro akong ipaglalaban niya ang karapatan ng mga kolboy at mga kolgirl nating mga kababayan.
Mabuhay ang mga makabagong bayani!
Mabuhay at maligayang kaarawan Gat Jose Rizal!
Photo taken from a local clothing line which I forgot the name. Please message me if you know the name for me to give proper credits. Thank you.

Kolboy: Ang Bagong Pambansang Bayani

Hindi naman siguro kaila sa atin na sandamakmak ang mga call centers ngayon. At mas lalong hindi kaila sa atin na iyong mga ibang mga nagsipagtapos - kahit gaano kalayo sa kurso - ay nagtatrabaho sa mga call centers.

Mga nagpupuyat, nakababad sa harap ng computer, tinitiis ang pagod at hirap at ang pambabalahura ng ilang mga foreigner, gamit ang fake American accent, makapagtrabaho at mabuhay lamang.

Mga makabagong bayani sa modernong mundo ng globalisasyon ika nga.

Pero hindi din naman kaila sa atin ang mga problema na kinahaharap ng ating mga makabagong bayani. Pagkakasakit. Security of tenure. At kung totoong meron ba talagang career dito - o isa lamang panandaliang survival habang naghihiintay ng ibang oportunidad.

Sa tingin ninyo, kung ngayon nabuhay si Jose Rizal, kolboy din kaya siya? Hindi ako sigurado. Nanggaling siya sa may kayang pamilya at hindi na niya siguro kailangang magtrabaho. Siguro, may mga tauhan siya sa nobela na mga call center agents. Pero nakasisiguro akong ipaglalaban niya ang karapatan ng mga kolboy at mga kolgirl nating mga kababayan.

Mabuhay ang mga makabagong bayani!

Mabuhay at maligayang kaarawan Gat Jose Rizal!

Photo taken from a local clothing line which I forgot the name. Please message me if you know the name for me to give proper credits. Thank you.

Source: juanrepublic

Maligayang Kaarawan Gat Jose Rizal!
Ang natatangi mong kontribusyon sa ating Bayan ay dapat tularan ng mga Kabataan. Sana ay maisapuso at maisabuhay namin ang iyong mga gawain, ideyalismo at pagiging makabayan.
Maligayang Kaarawan Gat Jose Rizal!
Makinig ka ng mabuti sa Propesor mo sa Rizal subject sa Kolehiyo para mas maintindihan mo ang kanyang buhay at mga ipinaglaban.

Maligayang Kaarawan Gat Jose Rizal!

Ang natatangi mong kontribusyon sa ating Bayan ay dapat tularan ng mga Kabataan. Sana ay maisapuso at maisabuhay namin ang iyong mga gawain, ideyalismo at pagiging makabayan.

Maligayang Kaarawan Gat Jose Rizal!

Makinig ka ng mabuti sa Propesor mo sa Rizal subject sa Kolehiyo para mas maintindihan mo ang kanyang buhay at mga ipinaglaban.

I Changed my Display Picture to Jose Rizal’s Portrait

On June 19, we will celebrate the birthday of our National Hero, Jose Rizal. And by paying respect to our National Hero, I changed my Display Photo into his portrait.

He’s brilliant. We all know that. His works, idealisms and patriotism are just too great. I remember my Professor in Rizal back in College saying, “The reason why we study Jose Rizal’s life and works is for us, especially you the youth of this generation, to emulate him and to be a beacon of hope for the future generation.”

Sadly, it seems that Jose Rizal’s noble efforts went in vain. Nothing has changed. This is a challenge for this generation - to continue to fulfill Jose Rizal’s dream for his beloved Philippines.

Salamat at mabuhay ka Gat Jose Rizal! 

"Jose Rizal sa Lucban"
Photo by John Emmanuel Ebora.
09 April 2010, Rizal Monument, Lucban Town Plaza, Lucban Quezon

"Jose Rizal sa Lucban"

Photo by John Emmanuel Ebora.

09 April 2010, Rizal Monument, Lucban Town Plaza, Lucban Quezon


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