Monday, May 15, 2006

THE HAUNTING OF THE FILIPINO WRITER

By Resil Mojares

“The notion that we are a people troubled by a lost or unquiet soul is not new in Philippine intellectual history. At the turn of the century, the time of our great nationalist awakening, the ‘Filipino soul,’ Alma Filipina, was a theme popular among Filipino writers and intellectuals, who saw in it the sign of a people’s dream of selfhood, autonomy and freedom. Soul: the word had an elevated, edifying sound to it, properly reverential before what it invoked: the People, the Nation.

“... Today, the language has gone out of fashion; we are suspicious of what it insinuates. In a time more secular, less expansive, and (seeing who now sits in Malacañang) distinctly anti-intellectualist, to speak of soul seems sentimental and archaic; it is a word we are embarassed to use in public.

“Indulge me then as I resurrect the word. What was often mere rhetoric to decorate patriotic articles and speeches was, in fact, a deeply-rooted idea, a power-laden word ...”

Address during the plenary session of "Localities of Nationhood", Ateneo de Manila University


Source: Philippine Post Magazine c/o Alfred Yuson

1 Comments:

At 9:54 PM, Blogger faro said...

hey thanks for this comment. i've been wondering if i did the right thing asking him about reviving philippine mythology to help forge a strong filipino identity.

 

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