The First Filipino

The First Filipino The award winning biography of Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal The First Filipino won first prize in the biography contest sponsored by the Jose Rizal National Centennial Commission in It re

  • Title: The First Filipino
  • Author: León Ma. Guerrero
  • ISBN: 9789719341826
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • The award winning biography of Philippine National Hero, Jose Rizal The First Filipino won first prize in the biography contest sponsored by the Jose Rizal National Centennial Commission in 1961 It remains the authoritative text on the subject.

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    About “León Ma. Guerrero

    • León Ma. Guerrero

      Le n Mar a Ignacio Agapito Guerrero y Francisco better known simply as Leon Ma Guerrero III, was a Filipino diplomat and novelist, and was one of the foremost Filipino nationalists of his era A partner in the law practice of senator Claro M Recto, he became Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs during the Magsaysay administration His then controversial advocacy of Asia for the Asians and espousal of a realistic re examination of relations with the United States are now commonly accepted as being ahead of their time Leoni, as his family called him, was born on March 24, 1915 in Ermita, Manila to one of the nation s most prominent families His father was the famed Dr Alfredo Leon Maria Guerrero, and his mother was Filomena Francisco, the first Filipino woman pharmacist.His paternal grandfather, for whom he was named, was Leon Mar a Guerrero, the distinguished botanist, Malolos Congress delegate, and member of the first Philippine Assembly His sister, Carmen Guerrero Nakpil would also be grow up to be a journalist and, later one of the pre eminent figures of Philippine letters.On retirement he was the country s senior career diplomat having served as Ambassador in London, Madrid, New Delhi, Mexico City and Belgrade On June 19, 1982, only a fewdays before he died, he received the, Gawad Mabini, the highest award in the Philippine Foreign Service.He held the rank of Knight Grand Cross of the Knights of Rizal Among his many works are internationally acclaimed translations of Jos Rizal s Noli Me Tangere and El filibusterismo He also wrote the biography of Rizal The First Filipino.His works are Twilight in Tokyo, Passion and Death of the USAFFE, Report from Europe, Alternatives for Asians,An Asian on Asia, The First Filipino Awarded first prize in the Rizal Biography Contest under the auspices of the Jos Rizal National Centennial Commission , El Si y El No Winner of the Premio Zobel , Las Dos Muertes de General Aguinaldo, Two Friars in Exodus A Contribution to Studies in Philippine Church History , The Philippine Revolution by Apolinario Mabini, Today Began Yesterday, We Filipinos Posthumous anthology of his writings , translations of Noli Me Tangere by Jos Rizal and El Filibusterismo by Jos Rizal.

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    • To be honest, I only read this book (via e-book) as it is a partial requirement to pass an exam in the course PI10 (The Life and Works of Rizal) in the University of the Philippines Los Baños. The First Filipino was one of the few books that featured Jose Rizal in the best possible manner by showing not only the so-so heroic side, but also the human side of Dr. Jose Rizal. It narrated Rizal's legend in the most detailed way, by far; all including his sojourns, mishaps and numerous romances. A l [...]


    • Rizal significantly shaped and continues to shape Philippine society as we know it. This book will not only give you an idea of who Rizal really is, but also will help you understand why Philippine society is the way it is. Through the reading of this book, one can conclude that to be Filipino is to be regionalistic. That the only thing that binds us together is the similarities we assimilated from our colonizers; which during Rizal's time was Christianity and Hispanization. It was not Tagalog t [...]


    • I'm privileged to be a part of a nation who has a man like Jose Rizal. Though imperfect, he has lifted the spirits of the Filipinos in his generation and it is just apt to call him the First Filipino. Reading this autobiography of his, I am moved with respect and admiration for this man's love and dreams for the Filipino as a people and as a nation. This is a must-read for the Filipino who would like to understand their roots & hence, themselves better. Through this masterpiece, I have appre [...]


    • I read this book for a class I'm teaching on the historical imagination of the Philippine Revolution. For contrast, I assigned this text together with John Nery's Rizal biography, Revolutionary Spirit. Guerrero's version is more extensive and includes longer quotes from Rizal's writings than Nery's. Guerrero is also less careful about footnoting than Nery, probably because academic standards in the 1960s were less stringent than in 2011, when Nery's bio was published. Given Guerrero's context, w [...]


    • I bought this book to suck up to my Rizal course instructor. He loved this one and was recommending it every meeting. So yeah, I bought this but I wasn't able to read it until 2 years later, yesterday. This is a biography, a history book of some sorts, so people doesn't really expect me to read this (I, a lover of fiction.)But hey, I teared up at the end. The prose is engaging, more of story-telling than fact-relaying and I really, really loved the article as to why the book was entitled "The Fi [...]




    • The book is not strictly chronological. Narration is too stylistic rather than straightforward. Does not contain illustrations. Later editions do not include index. If one wants a straightforward, chronological, comprehensive, with illustrations, then refer to Austin Craig's biography of Rizal.



    • For all the years, studies and romanticisms of Rizal, he has somewhat remained, an enigma. This is not surprising. The vast number of scholars that have attempted a great many times to deconstruct and understand Rizal on his writings have fallibly tainted Rizal’s political ideologies and perspectives in doing so. Some even failed to see that what they have deconstructed was not Rizal, but an image hewn from themselves. Some of this were, Agoncillo who regarded Rizal as a “revolutionary refor [...]


    • It took a month trying to finish this comprehensive biography and there were times I doubted myself if I'll ever reach the next chapter. I had too many in my plate lately and reading an important literature of my history got overwhelming with details and experiences. This is an important book about a formidable person who should not remain mythical in textbooks. I have been introduced to a fresh perspective of learning about Rizal and so as other heroes mentioned here. They were those who fought [...]


    • best book on the life of jose rizalvery good contextual analysis, not just factual contentsvery well writtengood story tellingread this if you want to understand the transformation of rizal from a student at Binan, to the Ateneo, to Europe and towards becoming a "thought" leader of the Filipino revolution


    • This helped me a lot understand the history of my country during the time of Jose Rizal. A background of Spain, Singapore, Germany, England, and the Philippines can be glimpsed. This book is one good read while taking a Jose Rizal class in college and even high school for that matter.=)


    • I finally finished reading the book on Dec. 30, 2012, Rizal's 116th death anniversary. It is need a great book, a must read for all Filipinos.



    • I'm so much happy for this matter , it gves me a lot of knowing about the history of the past during the period of Jose Rizal. xD




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