About the book:
“Chased” rather than “chaste” seems to be a more appropriate description of the national hero’s amorous encounters, considering how women here and abroad were irresistibly drawn to him like moths to the light. His many encounters ranged from the teenager Julia to a string of flirtatious and serious relationships that included his great love, Leonor Rivera. Yet chaste he did remain-or so author Pablo S. Trillana III claims up until he met Josephine Bracken who became what we call a “live-in” partner. Always underlining Rizal’s romances was his intense devotion to his mother and country. In the final analysis, Rizal never married any of his loves because he had already married his native land.
Nationalism is the unifying theme of The Loves of Rizal and Other Essays on Philippine History, Art and Public Policy. But Trillana takes it a step further by relating nationalism with Filipino spirituality, particularly as evidenced by the Revolutions of 1896 (Katipunan) and 1986 (EDSA). The “Cry of Pamitinan” tells how Bonifacio grounded the Katipunan in Philippine spiritual traditions. In another essay, Trillana compares Rizal with Lincoln who also believed in certain aspects of the supernatural. The essay on education reveals a little-known facet of Rizal’s vision-his views on education which continue to be applicable to this day and the new millennium. And his essays on art and public policy bespeak affinity with our cultural heritage and concern for enlightenment in public discourse.
Publisher: New Day Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
About the author:
Pablo S. Trillana III is a lawyer, entrepreneur, consultant on international development financing law, a professor, and a social work volunteer. Also a public administrator, he has held elective and appointive positions in government and nongovernmental organizations. He was with the Asian Development Bank for 18 years (1976-1994).
and rose to the position of assistant general counsel. He was undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (1995-1996) and delegate to the 1971-1972 Constitutional Convention. He has chaired several institutions including the Philippine Historical Association, the Environmental Center of the Philippines Foundation, and the Philippine Association of Museums, Inc. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Social Science Council. He teaches a course on Rizal at Miriam College and is a trustee of the U.P.Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center. He is the chairman and executive director of the National Historical Institute and a commissioner of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
Trillana studied in San Beda College (AB major in philosophy, summa cum laude ’62), (LIB cum laude ’66), University of California in Berkeley (LIM ’69), University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (JSD ’76), and Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government) (MPA ’95). He ranked number two on his bar exams in 1966 and was a TOS (Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines ) awardee, a full scholar at San Beda College, a researcher for Prof. John McNulty at Berkeley, a Clyde deWitte Fellow at Michigan, and a Lucius N. Littauer awardee at Harvard.
He was project director in the production of four books, including Philippine Presidents: 100 Years, one of the titles commissioned by the National Centennial Commission and the Philippine Historical Association. He continues to contribute articles and essays to professional journals and national newspapers. His current interests include research on spiritual traditions as instruments for cooperation and conflict resolution and on history as a measure and guide in defining the future.
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