HomeThe Journal of Historyvol. 59 no. 1 (2013)

Of Noli Me Tángere, the Revolution and the Birth of the Native ‘Filipino’

Regan P. Jomao-as

Discipline: History



This paper attempts to trace the emergence of the native “Filipino” based primarily on the literary work of Jose Rizal, Noli Me Tángere. It tries to look at the contribution of his novel in the creation of what Benedict Anderson calls an “imagined community.” It attempts to show how Rizal’s novel represented a kind of hidden resistance that was brought out into the public sphere, in a revolution that contributed to the fall of Spain’s colonial rule in the Philippines.