General Carlos P. Romulo – ‘Mr United Nations’

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This month of October as the world observes the day (October 24) on which the foundational treaty of the Charter of the United Nations became in force, Philippine Studies pays tribute to a great Filipino. That Filipino is General Carlos P. Romulo (14 January 1899, Camiling, Tarlac, Philippines – 15 December 1985, Manila, Philippines) – […]

Wise Hearts And Sharp Minds

From September 3 to 5, 2010, Knights of Rizal from all over the world converged in Las Vegas to attend the Knights of Rizal 3rd USA Regional Assembly, mainly to exchange ideas on the theme: “Proper Education: The Key To People’s Freedom From Poverty And Ignorance”. The theme leads us to ask: What is ‘proper education’ from Rizal’s perspective? […]

A Surprise Letter for Mabini, 1898

SINCE July 1898, the Philippine Revolutionary Government headed by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo had been safely headquartered in Malolos, Bulacan. They were anticipating the establishment of a future Philippine Republic. Aguinaldo was holding his presidential office at the Malolos Church Convent; the Revolutionary Congress, which was framing a Constitution for the future republic, was holding its […]

Education: Rizal’s Supreme Aspiration

Jose Rizal valued learning so much that the education of Filipinos emerged from being one of the dreams of his youth to become his supreme aspiration during his adulthood. In 1876, when he was a 15-year-old student at the Ateneo Municipal of Manila, he wrote the poem Por la educación recibe lustre la Patria (Education […]

Rizal’s Love for the Motherland

OUR national hero, Jose Rizal, loved his country deeply. He had been to free, lovely, prosperous, and developed nations, yet he always preferred to return to his own. Love of country, the native land, the motherland, and the land of birth – this was the very character that defined his personality. He was about 21 […]

Rizal’s Challenge to the Youth

JOSE Rizal’s famous message for the youth is that the youth is fair hope of the nation. What he exactly said was the youth was “bella esperanza de la Patria mia” or “fair hope of my fatherland” (Rizal’s Poems, Centennial Edition, Manila: Jose Rizal National Centennial Commission, 1962, p. 15). He did not say that […]