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Things of the essence such as faith, culture, food, music and values should never disappear nor eroded by the times. Instead, these must be recorded, lived and shared. The Play “Pasyon ni Rizal”, directed by Alejandro Bong Ramos and seen last Dec 7, 201 1, was really a great play. It opened the minds of the viewer about the true motives of Rizal in fighting for our country through his novels.

The Play is made possible by narrating the passion of Rizal with a group of ladies singing the pasyon. It is a good combination with relation to the title of the play. Also, the play used a single person, double personality effect. This added to the color of the play. The Play revolved with Jose Rizal. It started in a dark room where Rizal was imprisoned. In there, he always writes even though he knew that he will be later killed by the Spaniards.

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But before he died, did he ever have hesitations for fighting for the Filipinos; or up to his last breathe, he tands for what he believed for? On the last hours of Rizal in the 30th of December 1896, he compared his novels to his life. Actors and actresses marked in our minds. As he sees faces in his life, he remembered a character from his novels. He seemed there a little crazy but still a very good actor. My favorite part was the Donya Teodora- Sisa part. The crowd gave her a warm applause.

She gave justice to her character getting the crowd’s attention. And shouting her famous line: “Crispin, Basilio, my sons, where are you? After watching I can say that the play is really worth it. Even if it is not that detailed as the novels, I understand the play very much. Words were clearly pronounced and the casting is very good. It made me remember the novels of Rizal, which I studied in my secondary school. Also, understand why he wrote the novels. And how are this novels connected to the economy and government that time.

As I have watched, it came to up to me that the good example employed by Rizal, his interior spirit, his unwavering love for country, is passion for life and his thirst for excellence should never be ignored. In him, we find the power of perseverance, the transformative power of the written text and the beauty of a poetic worldview. We, the promise of tomorrow, the beloved Filipino youth of Dr. Rizal, still need to heed his call. We still need to rise up to the challenge of his piece, of his words, and of his hardships.

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