HomeThe Mindanao Forumvol. 25 no. 1 (2012)

The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata as Narrative Transformation of the Philippine Revolution

Mariko Ozaki

Discipline: Literature, History, Humanities



This paper takes a look at the narratives of the Philippine Revolution in a Philippine novel in English. Philippine novels about the revolution and the war against America describe the revolution as elites’ initiation, and the masses are merely followers with no noble vision. The Revolution challenges such an elite and-masses dichotomous relationship, and deconstructs what seems to be monolithic identity and linguistic background in which the narratives of the Filipinos are embedded. Doing so breaks down, whether consciously or not, the conventional notions of colonialism, state, nation and self, and in a sense detaches the subject from the material concern and relation to the outside world. The Revolution reveals the shift of an attention from the customary search for a nation to post structural deconstruction of such an aspiration. The celebration of ambiguous, uncertain and multi-vocal perceptions and languages in the novel replaces nation-bound vision and identity.