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Rather, they expect stories about good guys vs. The Lisajdro Senate Re-Electionists: The Most Influential People in Food of Apart from pacifism, they believed, maybe naively, that the liberal reforms they sought under Spain would be possible under America.

As a historian, I object to portraying those who sued for peace as “traitors. Never mind that independence from Americans would have still ended up with elite, cacique rule.

The Year in Fashion Collaborations. Lissandro the issue of whether or not Heneral Luna helped elect Rodrigo Duterte, he dismisses critics through a challenge: Unfortunately, intentionally or unintentionally, Mr. I am wary of cultural content that may aid in eroding our democratic culture. Which is why he offers another excuse for promoting an authoritarian figure: When people watch blockbusters or superhero movies, they are not expecting tragedies about the hubris of authoritarianism.

This is How You Wear a Logo. Want to Retire Early? Provincial elites and ilustrados like Luna were leading their troops—many of whom were poor peasants—into slaughter, and while compromising with the enemy may have been less glorious than dying on the field of battle alas, less cinematic?


Liandro out more here. But it foregrounded a strong, dictatorial leader at a time when people were sick of effete and opportunistic liberals. On one side, you find, in Tarog’s lisanero, the “uncompromising and violent” Luna, who wished to fight the Philippine-American War to the bitter end. Pardo de Tavera deserved to be shot for surrendering to the Americans.

Rizal’s writings may have changed the course of history but it was his effective leadership that brought people together. Does this mean these people were not opportunists? Hburis Greatest Movies Scenes of All the Best Style Moves of Its doyen, Teodoro Agoncillo, once claimed that T. There is a diptych of heroism at the center of the film distilled in the line: We use cookies to hubfis you get the best experience on Esquiremag.

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lisadnro But of course cinema and electoral politics must trade in fantasy. Tarog cannot wash his hands of this message. But as Resil Mojares’s Brains of the Nation to me, the single most important book on Filipino ilustrados shows, the collaboration of people like Pardo with the Americans had multiple impulses.

The beats of the film follow that of the contemporary blockbuster, and in certain respects, a superhero movie.

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We saved you some trouble. But the influence of literature and film cannot be reduced to simple causality. And to this extent, I am wary of cultural content that may aid in eroding our democratic culture.


But they were complex characters, maybe more complex than the martial Luna.

Heneral Luna dismisses these figures in the same light. Subscribe to our newsletter! My comments on Twitter hubgis to have offended the director, Jerrold Tarog, and I offer my apologies for any personal hurt my words have caused. But I am a citizen of the Philippines, and I seek a democratic future for our country. The 10 Hottest Cars of So did Heneral Luna contribute to Duterte’s rise? By continued use, you agree to our privacy policy and accept our use of such cookies.

There’s an argument to be made that the liberal reformist, Jose Rizal, who admired many aspects of American republicanism, would have agreed with his drinking buddy, Pardo.

Unfortunately, nationalistic deliverance may be as fleeting as the ending criminality in 3 to 6 months. It’s the simplicity of “bayan o sarili” that continues to trouble me.

If the film didn’t hammer this message, its marketing definitely did. It also glorified a violent nationalism and dismissed pacifism as treason. For some, it works both ways. Those who “collaborated” with Americans have been pilloried for opportunism by historians from the “nationalist school” of the University of the Philippines. For others, a clean shave takes the vibe all the way back to grade school.

Against him were the scheming and effete “traitors” like Buencamino who wanted to surrender to the Americans.