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Rizal vs. Bonifacio, Is it fair to compare? by: Maribeth Q. Galindo September 9, 2008

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                        The name Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio are some of the well-known personalities that have been mentioned in the annals of Philippine history. The exemplary deeds that they had done for our country; in order to achieve freedom from the hands of the Spanish colonizers is worth to be remembered specially by the present generation. Indeed, their heroism is well done.
                       Apparently, there are some students, faculty, leftist, writers, critics and even we perhaps questioned the credibility of Rizal when he got the title of being our “Philippine National Hero” why not Bonifacio which results to the existence of pro-Bonifacio and anti-Rizal or pro-Rizal and anti-Bonifacio. The comparison of these two personalities and made endless debate of who should be our national hero is much discussed in the environment of academe.
                     Moreover, to give you a little background, Jose Rizal was a son of an educated parents and belong to a wealthy family. All siblings of Rizal’s family had gone to school. Jose studied in Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas and had gone to Europe for further studies. He finished medical course specializes in Ophthalmology and made known for his talents in writing, painting, sculpturing, fencing and others. He fought the Spanish tyranny through a propaganda battles by means of using his pen in critiquing and exposing the defects of Spanish governance. He died in front of the Spanish and Filipino crowds by a firing squad on December 30, 1896 due to a false accusation of instigating Philippine revolution. Thus, his charisma for the elite and intellectuals are proven strong.
                         On the other hand, Andres Bonifacio was a son of a farmer and belongs to a poor family. All siblings of Bonifacio’s family had not even finished high school due to economic instability. Andres at early age had to work hard and carries big responsibilities for him to help his family. Andres represents the grassroots of society that were/are usually exploited, abused, maltreated, and marginalized one. He proved to be a good organizer when he established a revolutionary movement called “Katipunan” in 1892. He fought the Spanish tyranny by using bolos and guns, thus, encouraging bloody revolution.
                       Sadly, he was executed by his co-katipuneros on May 10, 1897 which was not made known to many Filipinos due to a false accusation of betraying Philippine government. Jealousy and greediness of power brought Andres to death. Thus, his strong charisma for the masses is pretty obvious.
                      Now, would it be fair for these two personalities that are extremely opposite to be compared? Would it be fair for a rich man to be compared by a poor man? Would it also be fair for a poor man being compared with a rich man? Would it be fair for a doctor to be compared by a farmer? Would it be fair too to a farmer to be compared by a doctor? Where is fairness if an educated man who attained the higher degree of education being compared to a man who didn’t even finished high school and vice versa. Come to think of it……
                           But one thing I am sure of, that these two personalities have in common, they are both brave and great heroes of their time. They both wanted freedom for the Filipinos that long been controlled by the Spaniards. So, do not compare and stop using each others weaknesses and flaws in order to put down one another. If Rizal and Bonifacio would still be alive, definitely, they don’t want to be compared. Who wants to be compared anyway?

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1. beth95 - September 19, 2008

i agree 100 % that the two shoudn’t be compared coz its not really fair to compare two different people. obviously, the result is there is always greater and lesser

2. Suzanne S. Misagal - September 22, 2008

MISAGAL, Suzanne S.
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Of course it’s unfair. You are being unjust if you compare these great heroes. Both of them became a part of our history. They contributed much but then, in different ways. If you talk about who’s better, probably, no one will win. Each of them is unique. Each of them has its own strengths and weaknesses.Each of them had a different way of living.Anyway, It’s not about how far they’ve gone for our country and their contributions, it’s about the love they had for our country.

3. Jo Caliph Rivera - September 23, 2008

For me, the two Filipinos should not be compared who is the greater one. Because each one of us were unique and have differences. JOse Rizal was a son of a wealthy family while Bonifacio was only a son of a farmer. Rizal wanted his countrymen to be freed using using reforms while Bonifacio wanted revolution. They have distinctive characteristics and mindset. So it is not fair to compare them both. The important thing was they are showing their nationalism and patriotism for the country, which was being oppressed for along time.

4. Mechelle Ann - September 26, 2008

It is not fair that both Rizal and Bonifacio was being compared it is because Rizal and Bonifacio are not have the same qualities.Rizal was born to a rich family while Bonifacio is only a son of a farmer.Rizal and Bonifacio wanted a freedom but in the same way.Rizal is just only writing so that he can express his feelings through that way that Filipino’s are free but Bonifacio he wanted to have a revolution.Yet in every battle there must only one who will win but it is not fair that both of our hereos are being compared.The important of that is both of Rizal and Bonifacio show their love to our country even though their life was the change for being hero of our country.
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5. Von Lloyd Sanchez - September 29, 2008

Both heroes should not be compared because they have different qualities. Each one of us has uniqueness and for me Rizal is the greatest hero. Both of them had a big contribution to our Philippine History but in many different ways. It is not right to compare different persons like Rizal and Bonifacio because we are all created equally by God, so for me we shouldn’t compare them because comparing is not important, the important thing is that they loved our country. That’ all Folks….

6. Ireen Joy F. Villanueva - September 29, 2008

Well for me, if i had the chance to meet themi will say to them that they should not be effected on the issues that the people are comparing them…
Jose Rizal for me is a brave and has the capability to stand for his right because he in the high class estate of his life while Andres Bonifacio is just a saon of a farmer so he is in the low estate of his life but then Bonifacio made a big changes for the development of us Filipinos…
He tried his very best for us Filipinos to get our freedom from those spaniards.Although hes not rich like Rizal but he helped us to be like what we are right now..that’sall.!

7. Francis Jay Fuentes - September 29, 2008

AS student who had undergone studies about the life, role, principle in life and belies of the two heroes. I may Absolutely and firmly stand on NOT to COMPARE Rizal and Bonifacio. They do have different ways on fighting and releasing their suppression about Spanish Government. But as we all know they do have also Different background. They do have their own traits and values that marks in our mind. We should respect their differences and similarities. Besides What makes them hero is their own self including their differences.
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8. Rose Ane P. Pelonio - September 29, 2008

The comparison of Andres and Rizal is obviously unfair. If we compare them literally, andres is definitely different and far from rizal with regards to his educational attainments, profession and status in life. In the case of fighting for the country, both cannot also be compared, beacuse we all know that both of them did their best and offered their lives just to save the country that they’ve been fighting for quite a long time. so, there is no need for them to be compared beacuse on the first place, fighting for the country is not a competition for rizal and andres to be compared. Education, richness, and professionalism is not the measurement of being a hero, but the effort and the heartfully desire to fight is what matters the most.

9. Adonis Marq Cabo - September 30, 2008

Being compared with one another is truly an insult for me. to think that both parties has done their best just to free our country from Spain. Even in in different ways, there is still the fact that their status are highly different, but if would see, think, or ponder for a while, i guess their capacity of being a national heroes are acceptable because they have done their job as far as their contributions are concern.

10. dorothy kuan - September 30, 2008

rizal and bonifacio played a great role in the existence of independence here in the phillipines,, even though they do not have the same battle experienced, but they do have the nationalistic attributes that is more important than comparing them. Comparing this two heroes is definitely unequal.. an educated man to an illiterate person?…. so unfair!!! it is better for us,, to appreciate their braveness than comparing them,, it is not important what rizal achieved in educational matters but what is more important is that even
the low class filipino,, like bonifacio,, had an an initiative to get our freedom over the spaniards.. they have the same goals,, and both of them risk their lives for that independence,, so whats the point of comparing them,. di bah?? 1:00

11. Florence Lynne B. Diez - September 30, 2008

As we all know, Dr. Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio, played a great role in the existence of Philippine Independence. They have separate ways of fighting the spanish tyranny. Dr. Jose Rizal in fight he used pen in critiquing while Andres Bonifacio used bolos and guns, which encourage bloody revolution. The most important that we come to think of is, both Dr. Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio show their love for our country. They have their own ways of seeking Philippine Independence. They are both brave in so many ways because they are great heroes during their time. Comparison should not be done to this two different person because “No words or deeds which can compare them. God bless!!!

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12. Robbie C. Abing - September 30, 2008

We should not compare Dr. Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio are brave person beacuse they have done their role as a heroes of yesterdays. it is not right to compare both heroes even thought they have different qualities and stages of their lives. The point is they fight for the freedom of filipinos and independence of our country against Spanish colonizers using their own uniqueness even their lives is the replaceable of their doings.
Yes, its true that they have their uniqueness in terms of fighting against spanish colonizers but they have only one goal to achive, and that achivement is to fight for right for us and for our country…..

And even both of them was executed to death… their love and doings still reigns forever in our heart and minds and thats what matters all about…
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13. Robbie C. Abing - September 30, 2008

We should not compare Dr. Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio beacuse they have done their role as a heroes of yesterdays. it is not right to compare both heroes even thought they have different qualities and stages of their lives. The point is they fight for the freedom of filipinos and independence of our country against Spanish colonizers using their own uniqueness even their lives is the replaceable of their doings.
Yes, its true that they have their uniqueness in terms of fighting against spanish colonizers but they have only one goal to achive, and that achivement is to fight for right for us and for our country…..

And even both of them was executed to death… their love and doings still reigns forever in our heart and minds and thats what matters all about… (original)…^^
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14. Ann Jereene L. Asio - September 30, 2008

Striving hard and fighting for good is what really matters for both parties. From critics to a simple student like us, we should not compare the abilities of these two heroes who actually died for the sake of our country Philippines. Thus, it’s not fair and it will never be fair that they are compared to each other who are obviously opposite on the status of their life but if we seek to the deepest of their heart’s desire we will see that Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal and Andres Bonifacio have the same ambitions and principles in our country and even the ordinary filipinos before who are not given the chance to express their angst.

15. Gracielle ma. rosette B. Enobio - October 1, 2008

weLl..8 seems dt many contradicts that Jose Rizal b r national heroe.status Quo tells us dt der r pro and anti-Rizal as well as pro and anti- bonifacio. WeLl d article s quite ryt not to compare suCh
oposiT people. i Guess f only f possible dt we b havnG 2 national heroes to avoid further deb8 then d 2 r very commendable! one thinG’s 4 xur whoever wud be n dt position as d so called national hero. it wouldn’t matter 4 dem because they r olredi dead. d thing s dt we know..the filipinos know how brave dey r… 2 b able 2 defend r country from d spanish tyranny. dt simple gesture of knownG and appreciatinG wat dey have done s olredi enough. . national heroe.. is a title given 2 d most deservnG hero.but don’t u think 8′s quite unfair for al d filipinos who died for d country’s sake..dey r also deservinG… for me dey r all national heroes..famous or not ..wt matters most..dey wer nationalstic to the point of sacrificing one’s lyf.

but granting dt onlY one hero s 2 b called d national hero.cos d rin n mn pwd dt we many “national heroe”.n..r national hero s rizal.we couldn’t question d credibility of rizal 4 dey were many nstances dt rizal could stay in foreigN countries (japan,spain and many more)…live der and forget wat was happennG hir n d Phil. but he didn’t.But Boni could also b r national heroe..cos he was d one who pursued the katipunan.. i don’t know 8′s lyk i’m torn between d two..wel let me think..ahh. rizaL kc xa unG binaril which trigerreD filipinos to really fight against them… ahmm..ooikie..wel d artucle s really ryt we cant and we should compare those two…it wud just give u a headache…..bsta deep n r hearts we treasure wat they hav done ..un lnG n mn anG gusto nG isanG tao…ryt…mkilala ang ginawa nilanG maganda and dts 8..m xur dey wud b hapi.

16. Gracielle ma. rosette B. Enobio - October 1, 2008

shouldn’t compare— error—

17. mary elaine m. eboña - October 1, 2008

for me it’s unfair to compare the two person it’s because we are all different and unique ,some are genius and some are not .like rizal he has his inborn intelligent which he developed most which he also fight for the sake of the freedom of our country,but unlike andres he is not most intelligent like rizal but in some aspects he has also the capacity or determination to fight in our country, eventhough he has only a bolos to used in fighting.despite of this two person i am so proud of them because they fight for the sake that we will have a freedom under the hand of spaniards.

18. Ionee Glynn Concepcion Ang - October 1, 2008

Two great men fought in different ways but with common aim.
Its unfair to compare them!!
Yes,they fought as one with common aim but we can’t deny the fact that they were separate individual with different potentials and capabilities thats why they’ve taken different roads in one journey.
Since the things that we’ve learned from both of them plays an important role for us in moving forward.I honor and appreciate both of them.Jose Rizal fought by the use of his intellect.He struggled slowly but surely.I think Rizal also believe in Arnold Glasow’s saying that “The key to everything is patience,we get the chicken by hatching the egg-not by smashing it.
Andres Bonifacio is a man of courage and conviction because despite of everything and though he is a man of scanty education he fought by the force of his hands stoutheartedly.

19. elyza Mae Uy - October 1, 2008

in my opinion,in this selection is unfair,because it is Rizal believed that the country isn’t ready for independence for it has yet to settle the many differences confronting the peoples of various regions in the country whose hatred for Spanish rule is the only thing that unites them and Rizal critics argued that the doctor was a dreamer who thought education and negotiations with Imperial Spain would bring about changes in its governance and result in the country’s eventual independence,

than bonifacio who supporters on the other hand believed the “Great Pleibian” was being practical when he issued the call for arms since he saw that there was no way for the Spanish regime to relinquish its control of the Philippines. Aside from Bonifacio the idealist who believed that through force of arms alone the country will immediately win its war for sovereignty-this even without first weighing the consequences of such actions like the potential for civil wars among the various peoples who may claim independence apart from each other.

so the difference between the superior Spanish and the inferior Philippine, and they have their own role as a heroes,and because Because each one of us were unique and have differences so there are unlike and its all because Rizal is professional and bonifacio is a farmer only so they have big differences and in their capacity..But i am very thankful and i am proud for them becoz all they have done is the sake of our all they fight for are freedom ,,and i hope there were people now are like them ,,who fight for are right,and also give honor for our country.

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20. Jennifer B. Martizano - October 1, 2008

I suggest that no one could be able to compare a quality of a person.Everyone deserves there own achievements in life.I can say that the two heroes made their own visual to support our country.Because of that they have there own knowledge to have there title as individual.So I can say, you dont need to compare them because they both deserve the title of being HEROES…..

21. Jean Lakambini Regis - October 2, 2008

Jose Rizal and Andress Bonifacio both have different characteristics and personality. And I think, its unfair for them to compare their own uniqueness. As we all know Jose Rizal is a educated and well known person. A person that was grown up to the cities elite. A person that can go to diferent country when he wants to. While, Andress Bonifacio a son of farmer. Grows up with a not that good family, uneducated person, and only hoping for the freedom of our country.As a filipino,if we realize,they both fight for the freedom of our country. And for me they both have the quality to be called HEROES of our country. 3:00-4:00

22. maria joanna dagoldol - October 2, 2008

Jose rizal and Andres bonifacio has the same goal but differerent strategies in figthing.but it is not fair to compare them because they dont have same capacity of intellects and rizal fougth through the use of his pen but andres also fougth with the use of bolos and guns.
andres din’t finish his studies and rizal is a well educated human being.i think they both deserved to be called the philippine national heroes.in a sense that andres has a courage to figth and has dignity in life. that we filipinos must attain that attitude while rizal use in his intellect. they both show patriotism and nationalism in our country.
they both strive for the development of our country. and for the freedom that we must attain .!!!!!!!!!!!
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23. Rey Carl Lontayao - October 2, 2008

It’s really UNFAIR to compare these two heroes, especially when they fought and die for one good reason, the certain events that happened have a different calls, calls for the different situations.
In which Rizal and Bonifacio, Respond.
And certain aspects and results were developed during these situations. Responses were made in these situations by these two and any other heroes of the Philippines. Why compare them? Is it because Rizal got the title and not Bonifacio? Certain biases that were formed during the Philippine history. Because some Filipino people perceive there hero as a MIGHTY WARRIOR, Bonifacio was poor and uneducated, He fought through Guns and Bolos, he rampages to the battles and not thinking about what’s going to happen to him next. He cries for freedom in the front of a war. That’s why some perceive him. On the other hand, some people perceive their hero as RADIANT SLICK ENTILLECTUAL PERSON, that’s why they perceive Rizal. For he was in to the propaganda movement, where his expertise is applied, and not to mention his degrees during his college years and his further studies in Europe and Dapitan.
It’s quite unfair to Bonifacio to be compared to Rizal and it’s insulting for the part of Rizal to be compared with Bonifacio. The two has unique qualities and styles, but what’s important is what you are going to do in this forsaken situation of the Philippines using what you have learned in these two patriots.

Would you able Do what they have done?
Comparing is good. but if it would lead to insultation and unfairness it’s no good.
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24. Ionee Glynn Concepcion Ang - October 2, 2008

> tApOS nA aCUh MAM ha, AddiTiOnaL LanG pO itO . .
i hav smthng to reveal lng..
HEHeE weL,revoLts and colonization were ended. We have fReedom of speech na.So let me xpreZ. . .heheE . .

Comparing things,events and even personalities can’t be avoided.
Right?
YES or YES???(no other option). . . hahaha
In our day-to-day conversation in reality ,differentiating things especially in comparing our favorite TV models,actress and etc can’t be avoided. .
Even cartoon characters and anime .
[sino mAs cute c tweety or c pooh??]c pooh!!bLEeeh:-p
I know I have no right to compare Andres and Jose . .
but honestly, I did it!!I can still remember. . .when i was in grade three . .I am a certified Pro-Bonifacio pupil.Our sections were G3Rizal,G3Aguinaldo,G3Bonifacio.I belong to section Aguinaldo but because I really love Bonifacio I forced my mother to talk to our principal just to transfer to section Bonifacio because we are always having our debate and childish mock war. .haha. . I cant fight for our section because Im not belong to Bonifacio.I really appreciate Bonifacio among all of them.Now,I know I dont have to compare them
because they were just parallel where intersections cant be found.
Before I end it up I would like to thank Ms.Galindo for this article which enlightened my mind to realize my mistake and sorry Rizal because I never happened of recognizing of what you are and what you have before.

25. Jeff Marx D. Salvador - October 2, 2008

We should not compare Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio. It is because Andres and Jose are really different from each other. Although they are not the same, there is one common characteristic between them, and it is their braveness and love for our country. Instead of comparing them, let’s just thank them for everything that they have done for our own country and for sacrificing everything including their own lives just to get freedom from the colonizers?.
Jose and Andres are best examples of a true Filipino and I can say that Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio are truly gifts from God…
God Bless Us All..=).

26. Reah Hazel G. Sanchez - October 2, 2008

.comparing is not a gOod ability/attitude to a one person..
Exactly,its not fair to compare the both heroes…Well,it really happens in real life ,to be compared to a person who is opposite to your personal life and your status…its just because,some people are just looking forwards in our weaknesses…
but at this point,the said heroes were not really necessary to be compared..The status of life doesnt matter. The important thing here is their contribution in our history. They both did their job well,they played a big part to us and so with our country. And there is one thing that is for sure, their BRAVENESS and GREATNESS can not be compared at all..For me, RIZAL and BONIFACIO are both deserving to be our national heroes..(“.”)
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27. liezyl develos - October 2, 2008

I think we have no reason to compare Rizal and Bonifacio becuse thet have the same goals why they fight for us but they different in strategies to fight…we dont have to see in the financial standing but the important is they fight for us……….. Yes they different in strategies like Rizal used only his intellect or his pen in fighting while Bonifacio used bolo or we call it blood war……

28. Lenin P. Pagalan - October 2, 2008

My opinion about this topic is that, theirs nothing wrong if we compare between the two heroic people at least we would know what are there contributions and what have they’ve done for our country to be free from the Spanish government. It’s not their family and their educational background that we should depend and base on to become our Philippine National Hero. It’s more better if we compare between the two of them of what are the things that theyve done for our country.

During their time, each and everyone can become a hero and it’s not that Rizal was chosen as our hero not because of his rich but because of the things that he have done for our country and for our countrymen.

Maybe they fight for our country in different ways but what important their is that they offer there lives to commit freedom our independence and be free from the colonizers.

29. Lenin P. Pagalan - October 2, 2008

I thank you..bow..
hehe..

30. Coleen Kate B. Rañoa - October 3, 2008

Dr. Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio were one of our great herous during our Philippine History. As mentioned, though they have different techniques in gaining independence, they both wanted to have total independence from Spain. I agree that Rizal’s title being our Philippine National Hero is still debatable up to this time, especially in the world of academe. Simply because others believe that it should be Andres Bonifacio who will carry that title, and not Dr. Jose Rizal. But, in my own opinion, these two people should not be compared. It is unfair for these two personalities be compared to each other because one is extremely opposite from the other. It is unfair for a rich man to be compared to a poor man. It is also unfair for a poor man to be compared to a rich man. It is unfair for a doctor to be compared to a farmer. It is also unfair for a farmer to be compared to a doctor. They do not deserve to be compared to each other because either way, if Rizal didn’t have that great title, both Rizal and Bonifacio will still be recognized as heroes in our Philippine History because of their bravery in fighting against the Spaniards and since they fought for the welfare of the Filipinos. *bow*

31. Coleen Kate B. Rañoa - October 3, 2008

sorry ma’am, some of the words that I used were mispelled. :]] hehe

32. Ralhf Rivera - October 3, 2008

As mentioned, though they have different techniques in gaining independence, they both wanted to have total independence from Spain..comparing is not a gOod ability.attitude to a one person..And this two hero was have one paln to achive independence and the spain..They do not deserve to be compared to each other because either way, if Rizal didn’t have that great title, both Rizal and Bonifacio will still be recognized as heroes in our Philippine.. d ba maam jejejeje

33. john vincent calolo - October 3, 2008

as my own comment as well know jose rizal are the one filipino hero and bonifacio are difinitely hero so….maybe i well respect the story of two hero that having a popular experience in our country and we also cannot erase in my own memory that heroism is done in this generation

34. Kissah Adtoon - October 3, 2008

well, Rizal and Bonifacio were one of our Philippine National Hereos as we all know.ryt?

for me, it is not right to compare them because similarly, they faught for the good of our country but in different ways and strategies. Rizal, in propaganda movement, even if this movement just aim for change or reforms, he has also a good strategy for the good of all the Filipinos. he also exerts effort for our country not just an effort but difinitely sacrificed his own life. its not easy to sacrifice our own life then. when we speak of bonifacio, he faught by bolos and the Katipunan which he headed at that time aims for total independence and as we can see, it is also for the benefit of the Filipino people. it is not merely for own purpose but for most Filipinos.

it is really unfair to compare them because they do have different skills. we can just compare them if they are in the same state in life but sad to say they are really different. we can really prove it by seeing their way of living. each and everyone of us has its own strengths and weaknesses.human as we are, we have shortcomings. we have different fields which we exel the most.

35. Novelyn M. Anadon - October 3, 2008

When I read about this article,I felt guilt knowing that I also do a comparison between Rizal and Bonifacio.I cannot deny that I belong to pro-Rizal(rizal’s image)because I thought that Rizal is the most great and brave of all the heroes,but I’m totally wrong not knowing that Bonifacio’s show some couragement by foughting the Spaniards for the sake of the Filipinos.Yes! I am still against to Rizal’s image,but from now on I did not compare the achievements of Rizal to Bonifacio and Bonifacio to Rizal because I realize then that they both wanted a freedom for the Filipinos that long been controlled by the Spaniards.They fought as one with common aim but we cannot deny that they bought show their couragement for the sake of many Filipinos.
We all know that this two have a different situation in terms of their lives. Rizal belong to a wealthy known family unlike Bonifacio that belong to a poor family. Actually,it is not their fault to be in this kind of lives because they don’t deserve to be in this kind of situation.
But however, I am inspired of what personalities they have;the wondering and couragement they had done for our country in order to achieve freedom.
Now,the question is,”it is important to compare Rizal and Bonifacio???definitely,NOT, because we’re just trying to insult and put down one another by means of their strengths and weaknesses. We would rather put them down in the thought and image of the people who idolized them.
Soo, try to realize that it is not right to compare them because they share an unforgettable values and couragament to us Filipinos.”<

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36. Kenneth R. Firmeza - October 4, 2008

Comparing to other is not fair because all of us have our own ways and styles to be a good leader like Bonifacio and Rizal. We don’t have any right to compare them. We all know that both of them are good leaders like the article state that this two personalities have in common, they are both brave and great heroes of their time and their only goals is to have all Filipinos freedom that long been controlled against Spaniards. For me,its fair to compare between a rich men and beggars because they are common; there is no reason why Jesus may not have had in mind a particular case. Yes,it would be also fair to a poor man compare to a rich men. “A rich man is just a poor man with money”. Bonifacio is a a Filipino revolutionary leader and one of the main rebel leaders of the Philippine Revolution against Spanish colonial rule in the late 19th century. He is regarded as the “Father of the Philippine Revolution” and one of the most influential national heroes of his country. A freemason, Bonifacio was the founder of the Katipunan organization which aimed to start an independence movement against Spain. While Rizal was a Filipino polymath, nationalist and the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. He is considered the Philippines’ national hero
because he did not fight the spaniards like bonifacio did and he preferred peaceful transition. The spaniards will never give our country back to us in a silver platter! They even sold us to the americans who until thought they own us! He just want a representation of the indios to the government.

37. donalyn suliguin - October 4, 2008

Being compared with another is unjust, specially Rizal and Bonifasio
because unfair to an educated person to compared the uneducated.Because Rlzal came from a wealthy family and Bonifasio from the poor family although is not their sin become poor and rich.and the otherhand if Rizal was the poor and Bonifasio was the rich, i think it happen the same.So nothing to be compared in their situation,because the fought for the freedom of our country in different ways,because the were in different status in life.It is normal that Bonifasio used bolos and gun.because he dn’t finish his study.and Rizal used pen and papers because he has an intellect,he gone to school.anyway they are brave and both a good leader..they love our country thats why they fought until there last breath…they are worth to be appreciate not to be compared.The past is done!
We dont waste there effort or the freedom that we enjoying right now.
They are our inspiration,that someday the happening of the past will not be happen again…They are deserving our Hero until the end.

38. jOvie aNne fOrRo - October 4, 2008

..Dr. Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio..They are only few of our heroes who fought for our freedom, our independence. Both of them showed their braveness and love for the Philippines but in 2 different ways. Rizal used his pen and paper; his intellect and knowledge in fighting not for total independence but only reforms or changes. On the other hand, Bonifacio used bolos and guns in fighting against the Spaniards. He aimed for total independence and that is through a bloody war.

Jose Rizal’s death was very known to everyone.That he died through a firing squad in front of Spanish and Filipino people.Rizal’s death was a tragic one. Imagine being shot in front of the crowd?..Rizal had an exciting and thrilling death. He died because of a wrong accusation of instigating Philippine revolution. Likewise with Bonifacio’s death. He died because of a wrong accusation, betraying the Phillipine government. Some of us didn’t know how Bonifacio died. He did not died in the battle. He was killed by his co-katipuneros. So sad that he was killed by his co-katipuneros. Bonifacio also had a tragic death that many of us don’t know it yet.

..These two people both worked hard and contributed a lot for the welfare of the Filipinos..So, why compare them?..Both of them did their very best and fought up to their last breath just for the good of our country..We must compare them because we all know that they have their differences especially in financial status and education. But it doesn’t matter.Even if they have their differences, still they have their similarities. And it is offering their lives because of their love for their own native land.

-jaf^^

39. nessa ibacarra - October 4, 2008

I believe that the comparison that they are undergoing right now is unfair for them if they are still alive right now. But let’s also take into consideration that the comaprison that we hear from critics and other historians now are manifestations of how complicated life is back when they are still alive. This just shows how cruel and how unjust are our colonizers were. In our term “walang patawad talaga” our colonizers are. They victimize not only the poor people that time but also those rich people just like Rizal’s family. For me they should not be compared with each other for each showed how a true Filipino fights for his own country. For me, your status in life doesn’t show what level you have attained for our nation. What matters most is the intention and the actions you have done for your country. One thing, being a hero is not done because you have shed blood or led in a battle, but it is done due to your accompishments may it be through your small acts. And with this, even a student like me can be a hero in my own simple ways. What are you waiting for? Be a hero!

40. nessa ibacarra - October 4, 2008

hala ka oie mana ang 1st sem..kita kits maam..thank you po…Ü

41. Werlyn Catayas - October 4, 2008

On my opinion about this article comparing this two person that we all know that they were both good leaders in our country,like me,i dont want to be compare to anyone,like ms.Galindo said who wants to be compare,anyway?and im sure if theyn were both alive they dont want to be compare also.We dont have anyright to compare them because we all know that they were boyh brave and good leaders in our country,its not important what kind of status they had,or they were rich or poor,its not good comparing them by they own status only,what important is they what good things they do just to save our country,like rizal he sacrifice his self just to save our country,we all know that both of them show braveness and love to the philippines.And its unfair to omp[are to educated person to uneducated person because it is insulted to the part of bonifacio,if i was the part of bonifacio i will feel insulted and feel im very down,im sure bonifacio will feel the same.

42. ciara may braza - October 5, 2008

all of us can be a hero of our own country in our own little ways but with great love,perseverance and dedication.but it is not good to be compared to any body else.jose rizal and andres bonifacio should not be compared because they had contributed a lot in our country in their unique ways.both of them have the same goal but done in different ways.jose rizal want a change and he did it by means of writing while andres bonifacio did it by using bolos and guns and engage into a bloody war.but i salute both of them because they have done a great work.we all know that they are completely opposite and would be unfair for both of them to be compared.we should not compare them but we have to respect and be proud of them for they have sacrifice their lives for the greater good of our country.^^, (bsa.1c)

43. Honnie Ve H. Ongco - October 5, 2008

As i read this article, comparing between Dr. Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio it is not fair, for me its because no one of us like to be compared with other people. In thier situation they compared as who is the real hero, but for me both of them are the best hero I’ve ever known because as i read my book and the article they do their best to fight against the spaniards just to protect the Filipino people. To tell the truth since when i was a kid only the filipino hero i really idolize was only Dr. Jose P. Rizal because of what he did to the our country before. But now i realize that comparing a person is not good its because their is an a posibility that we can hurt the feelings of others. Yes! im still pro-Rizal but from mow on i will not compare rizal to bonofacio or to any heroes because i know that their goal is the freedom of our country.
We all know that they are not the same in life Rizal belongs to the wealthy family unlike Bonifacio belong only in a poor family but still we have no right to compared them. Rizal use only a pen/writings to have a change/reforms he dont want to have a bloody war instead he likes to have a non bloody war while Bonifacio use a Bolos/gun to fight against spaniards because he wants a total independence to our country.
But now i felt so happy because i learn so much about our heroes and their achivements to our country. Until now i still a fans of Rizal and also Bonifacio.
I just only wants to say that comparing others is not good because we can hurt the feelings of others without knowing it. Hope people who likes to comnpare their self to others can realize that it is not good.
THAT’S ALL!!!
GOOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS!!!
MUAHHHHH3X!!!

44. Frian Athena G. Go - October 5, 2008

Reading this article helps me enlighten my mind,I realized that we should not compare two person especially with their works and its personal background.Rizal and Bonifacio were great heroes in our country they’ve done a lot of things for us Filipinos.Fought for our freedom.Though they made it in different ways but we should thank them for their generosity.I believe that every person has a unique way to think,to work and to lead.As Ms.Galindo said who wants to be compare,anyway?Definitely,on my part I dont want to be compare.We cant change the history of both heroes, so what’s the use of comparing them? to justify who is greater?Knowing that Rizal and Bonifacio are really opposite but we sould respect them for whom they are.Both of them contributed in our country.They bravery really inspires me and encoureage to fight for my rights as a Filipino and ofcourse in a differnt ways.Rizal and Bonifacio, just wanted to obtain the freedom for us filipinos and we should not waste these opportunity we are having right now instead of enjoying this and treasure it for the rest of our life.As a Filipino,it will be always in my heart and my mind how Rizal and Bonifacio fought for us and live it as it is in our Philippine History.

45. Frian Athena G. Go - October 5, 2008

Reading this article helps me enlighten my mind,I realized that we should not compare two person especially with their works and its personal background.Rizal and Bonifacio were great heroes in our country they’ve done a lot of things for us Filipinos.Fought for our freedom.Though they made it in different ways but we should thank them for their generosity.I believe that every person has a unique way to think,to work and to lead.As Ms.Galindo said who wants to be compare,anyway?Definitely,on my part I dont want to be compare.We cant change the history of both heroes, so what’s the use of comparing them? to justify who is greater?Knowing that Rizal and Bonifacio are really opposite but we sould respect them for whom they are.Both of them contributed in our country.They bravery really inspires me and encourage to fight for my rights as a Filipino and ofcourse in a differnt ways.Rizal and Bonifacio, just wanted to obtain the freedom for us filipinos and we should not waste these opportunity we are having right now instead of enjoying this and treasure it for the rest of our life.As a Filipino,it will be always in my heart and my mind how Rizal and Bonifacio fought for us and live it as it is in our Philippine History.

46. Kim John Poblador - October 5, 2008

Would you like being compared to someone where both of you don’t have any in common?..
Until now it is still an issue on who would be our national hero, they keep on comparing Rizal and Bonifacio, thier achievements and status etc. Why should we compare two different people? in after all they have different roles in society before, different status in the society, and different ways and stratgies on revolution against Spanish conquestadors. Who would like being compared anyway? it is really unfair for both heroes being compared, they are different in everything,except bravery and sense of nationalism. But let’s think of it, even if Rizal was the one who are entitled as national hero, Bonifacio was still not that far to Rizal, they both deserved to be honored and remembered,they both figth for the freedom of early Filipino people, they both wants to freed us from our supression, both are willing to die for this nation and both dreams to see a better future for this wretched land.So lets stop comparing them,it’s not fair…♥

47. Daniel Dumanig - October 6, 2008

I’ve heard this kind of argument from different people for many times, so I’ll have the same answer: “What have been said is said and what has been done is done.” We cannot change history. That’s why we “study history” and not “change history.” I’m sure they didn’t made Rizal the Philippine hero for the reason that he is better than Bonifacio. And comparing them would be pointless, it’s like comparing your arms with your feet. We must not forget that Rizal and Bonifacio have the common passion (to free Philippines from the Spaniards) but they act differently, Rizal and Bonifacio are like two sides of a coin, two faces yet one value.

P.S.
Maam, when I wrote “I’ve heard this kind of argument from different people for many times,” I wasn’t pertaining to you or your article. It’s for the “pro-anti” persons. hehehe… :D

48. jHoN pAuL S. bRiLaTa - October 6, 2008

there’s nothing to be compare between Rizal and Bonifacio…what is important is that they both show their braveness and their being nationalistic because they both fought againts the Spaniards in order to gain our freedom…

i think the difference between them is that they fought againts the Spaniards in different way…Rizal fought the spaniards through his pen, through his writtings while bonifacio fought through his bolos and guns because bonifacio really wants to gain our total independence.BUT they have the same goal…

49. VENNIEBLAISE PUNGAY - October 6, 2008

I really dont care bout the both of them but since this one’s for the sake of my grade,I’d like to obey!(nyahaha)
Probably,it is truly not fair for both sides to be compared.
We should not compare things that are actually very much different from each other especially when both are not existing anymore.I mean,we should not talk about dead people because when we do,we are depriving them of their right and their happiness,which is,”to rest in peace”.We must respect them!They both contributed a lot in the kind of living we have these days.We owe them for they are the ones who gave as an open door into a new world.They started steps towards a real world of freedom,happiness and contentment.
I AM CONTENTED WITH HAVING RIZAL AS OUR NATIONAL HERO AND IM PRETTY SURE THAT BONIFACIO FELT THE WAY I DO. RIZAL IS A GOOD MAN AND ALL HE EVER WANTED WAS THE GOODNESS SAKE OF OUR COUNTRY.ANDRES BONIFACIO WAS ALSO A REAL OWN-COUNTRY-LOVER AND HE WAS ENCOURAGED TO FIGHT WITH ALL THE WRITINGS AND COMPOSITIONS OF RIZAL .HE IDOLIZED RIZAL SO MUCH TO THE EXTENT THAT HE EVEN USED RIZAL’S NAME INTO ORGANIZING A GROUP THAT AIMED TO FIGHT FOR THE COUNTRY’S FREEDOM EVEN IN A BLOODY WAY.
THEY WERE BOTH TRULY WONDERFUL ANG AMAZING!!YEAH!
WE NEED NOT TO COMPARE THEM!
APPRECIATING THEM BOTH IS ENOUGH!!!

50. VENNIEBLAISE PUNGAY - October 6, 2008

I really dont care bout the both of them but since this one’s for the sake of my grade,I’d like to obey!(nyahaha)
Probably,it is truly not fair for both sides to be compared.
We should not compare things that are actually very much different from each other especially when both are not existing anymore.I mean,we should not talk about dead people because when we do,we are depriving them of their right and their happiness,which is,”to rest in peace”.We must respect them!They both contributed a lot in the kind of living we have these days.We owe them for they are the ones who gave as an open door into a new world.They started steps towards a real world of freedom,happiness and contentment.
I AM CONTENTED WITH HAVING RIZAL AS OUR NATIONAL HERO AND IM PRETTY SURE THAT BONIFACIO FELT THE WAY I DO. RIZAL IS A GOOD MAN AND ALL HE EVER WANTED WAS THE GOODNESS SAKE OF OUR COUNTRY.ANDRES BONIFACIO WAS ALSO A REAL OWN-COUNTRY-LOVER AND HE WAS ENCOURAGED TO FIGHT WITH ALL THE WRITINGS AND COMPOSITIONS OF RIZAL .HE IDOLIZED RIZAL SO MUCH TO THE EXTENT THAT HE EVEN USED RIZAL’S NAME INTO ORGANIZING A GROUP THAT AIMED TO FIGHT FOR THE COUNTRY’S FREEDOM EVEN IN A BLOODY WAY.
THEY WERE BOTH TRULY WONDERFUL ANG AMAZING!!YEAH!
WE NEED NOT TO COMPARE THEM!
APPRECIATING THEM BOTH IS ENOUGH!!!

51. Julius Christian G. Calangian - October 6, 2008

., During the colonization in our country,. patriotism leaved in the heart of every Filipino with the goal – the ultimate of getting back the freedom that Spanish colonizers took away from us.
Many Filipino were known that faught against the colonizers some of theme have their own stories and every one of theme gave their lives, and example of teme are Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio; for me we really must not compare theme about what they had contributed to our country for they had gave their best protecting and serving our be loved country eventhough the two heroes had different styles of fighting.
., We just have to be thankful and give our respect to them and live our lives with the memory of the heroes that faught and gave their lives to our country – Philippines.

52. Butchick P. Peligrino - October 6, 2008

Dr. jose rizal and Andres bonifacio should not be compared coz like wat u mentioned, they have a lot of differences such as their social status, their principles (one like a blody fight and da other wants to fight in a peaceful manner through literary works, ). A human person is extremely unique from each other so it isn’t fair to be compred from one another. The death of both of them for our homeland shows dat they deserve to be a national hero but we need 2 bear n mind that 2 be called as a hero is already an honor and need not to compete. on my own opinion, der s no no.1, 2, 3, or the least one because once you fight for our country, you already belong to the group.

It is absolutely not fair that you died drmaticaly, born as poor or rich one, or whatever (it is not their fault in the first place) to be on the top because listing our heroes is not a competition, or a quest at all.

Let’s just be happy knowing the fact that there are ordinary people who did extraordinary deeds for our “bayang magiliw”, and Rizal and bonifacio deserves to be rmembered, (BRAVO!!!!! and a salute for them ). And the issue between them just proves how fmous they are and the impact dat they bring on us.And lastly 2 be a hero is a destiny, so everyone can be 1.

P.S. mam mgstudy jud ko maau s phil his2ry krong finals ky grbe kau me ngba2, 2ng quiz pud, maam , easy lng unta ang exam…je..je..hla, map of mindanao nkalimot ko…cge mam…God bles…

53. Wiza Anne P. Pedregosa - October 6, 2008

Rizal and Bonifacio should not be compared bacause in the first place, they have different environment since they were young. Rizal fought for our country for change/refoms by the spaniards. and Bonifacio wants a totally independence for our country. even though rizal was an elite, he shoul never compared to bonifacio because rizal has his onw way to fought for our country and also same with bonifacio.
It is just a prove, that even though a person is an educated or not. as long as they (we) know what is right. we should fight for it. for the sake also of our freedom or dignity and also for the others people.

54. princess geraldine biol - October 6, 2008

to compare two personalities which came from different state of life is really unfair.,because who are we to compare them to other without knowing one’s background.
dr. jose rizal and andres bonifacio had made great contributions to our country and both were important in our history.both names were planted to every filipinos mind and both had shown bravery and nationalism which are deserving to be honored, but not to be compared.they were not perfect persons anyway,and each has imperfections.if rizal use his pen in fighting the spaniards then bonifacio use his bolos.they may be different in such way but the thing is they have the same goals, and that is for our country’s freedom and the total independence that what bonifacio really aims.thats why we should be proud of them because they are both brave heroes which can be proud of, of the filipinos

55. maricel escobal - October 6, 2008

We all know that Dr.Jose Rizal & Andres Bonifacio are both heroes..
As we all know Dr..Jose Rizal came from the rich family & has a good family back ground while Andres Bonifacio just came from a low class family.Eventhough they have a different background we should not compare the two of them its because they have a different personality not just only their personality but rather their capacity,skills & technics.We, filipinos should not compare Rizal & Bonifacio but rather be proud of them for what they did.They fought to the spaniards for us to have a freedom,a independence to the people who tried to control us.
For me they are both my philippines national heroes because they are brave to fought the spaniard & sacrifice there lives for the freedom of our country..And no need to question,ask or compare them since they have the same mission & vision and that is fight for the rights.

..tama ba ma’am?..jajaja..
..ma’am pwdi pa KO maka quiz.?katong long quiz gani..cge na ma’am..plz..1 more chance..
……….THANKS FOR THE EVERYTHING…………

56. maricel escobal - October 6, 2008

We all know that Dr.Jose Rizal & Andres Bonifacio are both heroes..
As we all know Dr..Jose Rizal came from the rich family & has a good family back ground while Andres Bonifacio just came from a low class family.Eventhough they have a different background we should not compare the two of them its because they have a different personality not just only their personality but rather their capacity,skills & technics.We, filipinos should not compare Rizal & Bonifacio but rather be proud of them for what they did.They fought to the spaniards for us to have a freedom,a independence to the people who tried to control us.
For me they are both my philippines national heroes because they are brave to fought the spaniard & sacrifice there lives for the freedom of our country..And no need to question,ask or compare them since they have the same mission & vision and that is fight for the rights.

..tama ba ma’am?..jajaja..
..ma’am pwdi pa KO maka quiz.?katong long quiz gani..cge na ma’am..plz..1 more chance..
……….THANKS FOR THE EVERYTHING…………

57. NORLYN B. POTANE - October 6, 2008

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58. NORLYN B. POTANE - October 6, 2008

For me, theres no reason to compare “Rizal and Bonifacio” for the fact that they are both one of the heroes who died for the sake of the freedom of our country.And in the first place,they have their own way of protecting our country against the enemies.I think nobody wants to be compare with the other,its just that we have our different characteristics and attitude that should be proud of.Its really unfair to both of them to be compare because both of them had contributed in just different manner.Instead of comparing them,why not respecting them.,idolizing them co’z both of them are deserving!!………BSA-1A…tnx maam..tc olweizzzz…

59. Jennyrose pactao - October 6, 2008

fOr mE, it’s nOt fair to cOmpare the two Heroes. Coz, Bonifacio fought for independence using physical means and Rizal fought for independence using intellectual means. They both united the lower and the upper classes for independence against Spain. Both are heroes in their personal ways in my opinion, same as the other Filipinos who died for our country, the GomBurZa, Gabriela Silang, Marcelo Del Pilar, Joaquin Burdado to name a few, they all died for our mother land, for our freedom.
The story of Rizal is very much well documented because he writes about his travels his works and his dedication to our country, where as Bonifacio has some gaps of information that we know about his heroism.
But i guess, the true meaning of having a Hero is having someone that we can pattern our lives with and inspire us with their story, technically our national hero is Rizal, but in our hearts we can have any hero we want.

60. Michael Divinagracia - October 6, 2008

My opinion for this topic is that Rizal and Bonifacio showed their courage to fight for the freedom of the Filipinos and they should not be compared to each other… But they showed their nationalism in different ways Rizal used pen ang paper and bonifacio used bolos and guns because Rizal came from a rich and educated family unlike Bonifacio he just came from a poor and uneducated family but they showed the same interest for our country. It should be a source of pride and satisfaction to the Filipinos to have national heroes one of such excellent qualities. We should be proud and not comparing them….

-mYk Divinagracia

61. Michael Divinagracia - October 6, 2008

My opinion for this topic is that Rizal and Bonifacio showed their courage to fight for the freedom of the Filipinos and they should not be compared to each other… But they showed their nationalism in different ways Rizal used pen ang paper and bonifacio used bolos and guns because Rizal came from a rich and educated family unlike Bonifacio he just came from a poor and uneducated family but they showed the same interest for our country. It should be a source of pride and satisfaction to the Filipinos to have national heroes one of such excellent qualities. We should be proud and not comparing them….

62. Mark Colin dela Torre - October 6, 2008

We should not compare both of them because they fought for the country from the Spaniards. Andres Bonifacio was known for fighting against them with the use of arms and weapons, while Rizal was known for writing against to them with his arms, pen and ink and his ideas.

Therefore, the two bravely broke the law of the Spaniards, which is so called as rebellion. Their deed acted as their letter to reach and get the Spaniards’ attention, both fought for the freedom they want for our country. So we should not compare them.

63. Vincent Ray Boron - October 7, 2008

comparing things,maybe,yes,But comparing this two great heroes is a big mistake.Dr.Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio were some of our great heroes who fought for our rights,for our country and saved us from from the spaniards,although they have defferent ways of doing there warfare or expressing there refusal against the spanish government during spanish era.it is really unfair to assimilate them.we Filipino should know that they both endowed a lot just for us to be acquit or release from the spaniards and it is not good to hear that we Filipino compare them instead of glorifying them for there braveness and sagaciousness.so i agree that we should not compare because they are our hero.

64. Vincent Ray Boron - October 7, 2008

maam basi minusan ko nmo naa na jud akong comment hope na makit an na jud nmo.maam sorry na doble ang “from” na word.heheheheheheheheeheh.

65. brydel mae macatabog - October 7, 2008

hi maam! sorry dai ke kron lng ko nagpost..
waz mn jot ko talent aning comment2 maam buh..
mao toh, natagalan, kron lng..
hehee……..:}
aie maam waz jot koy nasudlan na klase nmu krong finals maam buh
taz waz pjot ka kreview, mkabasa jot ko anig taman..huhu
but thnx 4 evrything maam..
see u nxt sem..

66. brydel mae macatabog - October 7, 2008

for me, comparing the two is no big deal. it doesnt matter now whether who you want to be or think is the most deserving one of the title “Philippine National Hero” because not everyone today seems to care. let there be pro- and anti-Rizal or pro- and anti-Bonifacio! either way, it wouldn’t make any difference. those who are pro-Bonifacio/ anti-Rizal can sign petitions, maybe, but whatever they do against our national hero, they cannot anymore replace him (not to mention the fact that the subjects of this argument are dead!). i’m not saying that i am pro-Rizal or anti-Bonifacio or anything but the thing is , i mean, duh; it’s nonsense! there’s no sense arguing about who had shown more love to our country, whether who had shown more bravery, who was the more intelligent or had the most riches, what matters is that both had shown ENOUGH to prove themselves worthy of our honor and respect. they had done what they thought was right and did it accordingly well, that is, of course, only my personal opinion. they did everything just to gain our freedom from the bastards, i mean Spaniards.

i aint sayin that you have no right to compare the two; compare and argue all you want, i dont give a damn!(char lng:) btaw maam!

Today, how many people would be willing to do what both the great jose and andres had done? including mr duterte, uhm, ONE!(eheh! waz n btaw ni labot na part maam.. that’s all, thank you !)

67. sheena escamillas - October 13, 2008

Rizal and Bonifacio should not be compared because they have their own respective names in the philippine history as heroes who fought for our country’s freedom in the different ways they know. They should be honored individually because they are counted for their differences in the hardwork and perseverance to fight for the philippines against the colonizers.


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