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Remembering Jose Rizal: 151 Years After
Philippines Cultural Studies Center
Recently, international activists discovered that Jose Rizal. the national hero of the Philippines, participated in what may be called "OCCUPY MADRID" in Nov. 1884, for several days. He joined student mass demonstrations protesting authoritarian practices at Madrid University. In 1956. Prof. Marguerite Fisher reminded us that Rizal was one of the first "to proclaim this idea [of racial equalitarianism] in Asia, for Asians; he became "far more than a Filipino patriot" against Spanish colonialism. In the essay below, Rizal is shown as a visionary thinker of "women's liberation," arguing against white-supremacist patriarchal institutions and practices.

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