Saturday, December 30, 2017

Radiation is an invisible deadly pollution of our postmodern era. (Part 1)

 It is the man-made or man-induced kind of radiation spawned by the splitting of the atom on one hand and the invention of the microchip on the other - other sources of radiation notwithstanding - that, jointly and collectively with the proliferation of their uses, have become high risk to humans, living things and the environment.

Response to DICT Usec Eliseo Rio Jr's claim that cell tower radiation is safe, citing WHO and DOH as references. (TV Interview with Tony Velasquez, 8:30 AM on Channel 27, Jan 30 2017) 

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog []
General Effects of Radiation to Human Health 
and Well-Being

Depression and Sense of Abandonment and Rejection

Autism and Mental Disorder

Birth defects

What should I do if I’ve been exposed to cellular phone towers? 

“There is no test to measure whether you have been exposed to RF (radiofrequency) radiation from cellular phone towers. But as noted above (Cellular Phone Towers), most researchers and regulatory authorities do not believe that cell phone towers pose health risks under ordinary conditions. If you have additional health concerns, you might want to talk with your doctor.” Quoted from article Cellular Phone Towers (Source: Internet, American Cancer Society)

Even at 76, I consider myself an unwary member in a worldwide club of hundreds of millions of cellphone users. The cellphone has become man's best friend in exchange of a biological one. We seem not to be in in today's society without the gadget day and night, often complementary with other electronic devices. Cellphones are virtually implanted in our body, in the mind and heart, in our nervous system - and in the spirit, too. Sea change, and where are we? 

Cellphone Traffic

Non-ionizing radiation emitted by electronic gadgets, from radio and TV, computers to cellphones, have proved in the long run to be harmful contrary to guarantees of its safe use. Individual units per se have very low emissions, but each one is a miniature volcano to compare with, and with millions and millions now in use - and increasing at an unprecedented rate, the collective effect is alarmingly dangerous to an epidemic level.

We are at center stage of interconnecting cellphone towers compounded by TV and radio antennae, radar discs, interceptor devices, and many more features that service an ever expanding communications market.

A Flashback

Dead man walking is imagined as an aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan that ended WWII in 1945. Zombies aimlessly walk down abandoned streets and vanish into the horizon. Movies even made such fearful scenes dramatic. I could barely understand then in my early age, not until I was able to understand the workings of a maverick neutron targeting huge number of atoms in a blinding blast which scientists call chain reaction. 

To this day, seven decades after, people are still dying from radiation residues whose half life remains fatal even after many generations particularly at the epicenter. 

Armageddon needed redefinition by this human feat - or shall I say defeat, for it spawned for nearly half a century of Cold War which polarized the world into two warring ideologies, but thanks to the kinder side of humanity, the Cold War was put to an end in 1989. 

But it did not actually end there. Nuclear accidents - the melting down of nuclear generators in Chernobyl in Russia, Three-Mile Island in the US and Fukushima in Japan all attests to the vulnerability of technology, however modern and safe it may be.

Today we are engaged in a second great discovery, the power of cyberspace communication tapped by the invention of the microchip. The Age of Computerization. The birth of a second breed of radiation, first alleged to be harmless because of its non-ionizing nature unlike the ionizing radiation that directly break cell-tissues and organic compounds.

Here in these photos, illustrations and graphs sourced from the Internet, we picture ourselves as unsuspecting victims of a super technology the tools we have always believed and in realized in one way or the other, to be the tools of progress. Progress it may be, but the cost is also great. It is actually an antithesis to the point we ask ourselves, "Are we better of with super technology?" What then is The Good Life, when we are victims of our own making? Slaves of science and technology, social media, fast transportation, modern medicine treating ailments, all brought forth by no less than our pursuit of affluence?

Today I have maintenance medicine for my heart, kidney, hypertension, and yes, remedies for allergy and headache, sleeplessness. fatigue, etc. And yet at retirement age, past the world of struggle, I deserve that peace and quiet, of leisure and enjoyment in the golden years of life. I pause to decipher the signs and symptoms that negate such potential gains. It is not what I am that I realize to be more important. It is the future of the young ones who are more vulnerable to risks made complex and mysterious by the invisible plague of radiation.

Cellphone Towers EMR Damaging Biological Systems of Birds, Insects, Humans
by Anthony Gucciar
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Of the 919 studies, a staggering 593 showed the negative impact of mobile towers on birds, bees, humans, wildlife and plants. xxx (On the other hand) the experts even cited an international study that pinpointed cellphone towers as a potential cause in the decline of animal populations. They went on to say that there was an urgent need to focus more scientific attention on the subject before it was too late.

In addition to calling for a law protecting urban flora and fauna from emerging threats of electromagnetic radiation, the experts are also suggesting bold signs and messages on the dangers of cell phone tower and radiation to be posted near the position of cellphone towers.

Disorientation - and eventual death - of migratory birds 
“To prevent overlapping high radiations fields, new towers should not be permitted within a radius of one kilometre of existing towers. If new towers must be built, construct them to be above 80 feet and below 199 feet … to avoid the requirement for aviation safety lighting,” it said.


Butterfly exhibiting effects of radiation, or by any mutagenic substance. Disoriented seedlings exposed to RF radiation.  
The negative effects of EMR on life is something that has been ignored by health officials and legislators for years. As cellphone subscriptions outnumber the total number of US citizens, more and more mobile phone towers are popping up around the globe. As the experts cautioned, it is extremely pertinent that further independent research is conducted to highlight the dangers of EMR.

Disorientation of plants 

Radiation disturbs tropism governed by auxin, plant hormone that dictates direction of growth (geotropism, towards gravity; phototropism, towards sunlight; thigmotropism, away towards of from touch) These adnormal behavior is specific and is not transmitted to the offspring, unless the genes have been impaired resulting in mutation. (AVR)

Milk Yield Dropped in Cellphone Tower Area. 

A study into the effects of a cell tower on a herd of dairy cattle was conducted by the Bavarian state government in Germany and published in 1998. The erection of the tower caused adverse health effects resulting in a measurable drop in milk production.

Relocating the cattle restored the milk yield. Moving them back to the original pasture recreated the problem. (Dairy Cow Study)

Mobile phone towers threaten honeybeesThe Philippine Star, September 5, 2009
Honeybee worker gathering nectar and pollen from Kamias flowers.

NEW DELHI (AFP) - The electromagnetic waves emitted by mobile phone towers and cellphones can pose a threat to honeybees, a study published in India has concluded. 

An experiment conducted in the southern state of Kerala found that a sudden fall in the bee population was caused by towers installed across the state by cellphone companies to increase their network.

The electromagnetic waves emitted by the towers crippled the "navigational skills" of the worker bees that go out to collect nectar from flowers to sustain bee colonies, said Dr. Sainuddin Oattazhy, who conducted the study, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

He found out that when a cellphone was kept near a beehive, the worker bees were unable to return, leaving the hives with only the queen and eggs and resulting in the collapse of the colony within 10 days.

Over 100,000 people in Kerala are engaged in apiculture and the dwindling worker bees population poses a threat to their livelihood. The bees also play a vital role in pollinating flowers to sustain vegetation.

If towers and mobile phones further increase, the honeybees may be wiped out, Pattzhy said.~

Student Science Experiment Shows Plants Won’t Grow Near Wi-Fi Router
by Morgana Matus, 06/02/13
Garden cress (Lepidium sativum): left, exposed to Wi-Fi routers failed to grow, while the control grown in another room without Wi-Fi routers developed normally. © Kim Horsevad from Hjallerup School

Five ninth grade students from Hjallerup School in Denmark conducted a science experiment that elicited profound and shocking results about the effects of cell phone radiation. Their project was inspired by the observation that they had difficulty sleeping if their cell phones were next to their heads at night. They originally hoped to test the effects of a cell phone’s radiation on humans, but since their school did not have the necessary equipment to do so, they decided to experiment with radiation exposure on plants instead. Using two wireless routers that emitted about the same type of radiation as an average cell phone, they filled six trays full of the garden cress Lepidium sativum and placed them in a room with two routers, and then placed six trays of the plant in a room without Wi-Fi routers. The above photo shows the result of the experiment.

Keep smartphones away from your bras and trousers
January 12, 2016

Melbourne: People these days are practically glued to their smartphones, but you should place some distance between yourself and your phone and avoid keeping them in bras and trousers.
Photo supplied by author from Internet

Dr Devra Davis, an American scientist who has been studying the effects of mobile phone radiation for many years, has warned mobile phones could be doing more harm than good.
The scientist said mobile phone-like radiation was being used positively in the medical field to treat liver cancer, detect cancer and enhance the absorption of drugs in the brain.

But the reason it is able to do this was because the radiation broke down the blood brain barrier, which protects the brain from foreign substances that may injure it.

Hence it can also damage DNA, affect male fertility and change the brain`s metabolism. And that`s not all- researchers have also found mobile phone use could contribute to the development of depression, diabetes and heart irregularities. ~

Cellphone Tower Radiation. How do you protect yourself and your family? (Part 2)


Cell phone towers and powerlines are virtually everywhere. Cell towers or cell sites that hold antennae and other communications equipment flood the area for miles around with powerful high frequency radio waves known as microwaves, to support the use of cellphones as well as Wi-Fi, WiMax, Wireless LANs, 902.11 networks, Bluetooth supported devices and more. How do you protect yourself and your family?

Dr Abe V Rotor 

How dangerous is cellphone tower radiation? 
Here are cases to prove its deleterious effects on human health:
  • An Australian study found that children living near TV and FM broadcast towers, which emit similar radiation to cell towers, developed leukemia at three times the rate of children living over seven miles away.  
  • A German study found out that a person living a quarter mile of a cell phone antenna or tower may be at risk of serious harm to his health, such a site being exposed to hazards associated with electro magnetic frequencies []
  • Another German study found out that cancer rates more than tripled among people living within 400 meters of cell phone towers or antennas.  Those within 100 meters were exposed to radition at 100 times normal levels.
  • An Israeli study found risk of cancer quadrupled among people living within 350 meters of cell phone transmitter, and seven out of eight cancer victims were women.  Both studies focused only on people who had lived at the same address for many years. 
  • A certain Taraka Serrano wrote an article warning people living within a quarter mile of a cell phone tower are at risk. A related study states, "the relative risk of cancer was 4.15 for those living near the cell phone transmitter as compared with the entire population of Israel."       .
Other studies have found that levels of radiation emitted from cell phone towers can damage cell tissues and DNA, causing miscarriage, suppressing imune function, and causing other health problems.                  

What to do for people living near a cell phone transmitter.
  • Relocation is the best solution, but if this is not feasible, here are things to minimize exposure. Homes close to CPT may be proted with ERF shield pain, shielding fabric, shielding glass or film for windows, etc.
 Use of bioenergetic devices that help reduce the effects of EMR. such as pendant, chips and other devices designed to strenghten the biofield of the individual.  A biofield is a matrix of weak electromagnetic signals that the body cells use to communuicate with each other. EMR disrupts these signals, causing the cells to eventually shut down and result in build up of toxins and waste products within the cells, including free radicals known to result in cellular dysfunction and interference with DNA repair. 
  • Help reverse damage caused by exposure, which includes nutritional support such as anti-oxidant supplementation, so with catalase and glutathione. EMR decreases levels of anti-oxidants that the body normally produces to protect itself.  These levels are sensitive indicators in stress, aging, infections and  others.
                 Horizontal or lateral exposure (left) overshadows that of amount of vertical exposure. People on the street get lower dose than those residing on the level of cellphone towers, such as high rise apartments and offices.
                                       Left to right: Adult, 10-year old, and one-year old

These are generally pallative and partial measures to combat EMR.  There is no substitute to moving out completely from the deadky shadowclout of cellphone towers and antennas.   

How can you prevent the installation of a cellphone tower in a community, say a subdivision?
Take it from the Lagro QC experience in 2006.  It was a cooperative effort first on the barangay level.  The petition was elevated to the office of the mayor in Quezon City Hall.  The petitioners won.  Today all attempts to put up a cell phone tower in Lagro have failed. It is a victory of the citizens and their community to stand up for the right to privacy, right to good health, good sleep, peace of mind.  And most important, the right and guarantee to raise a happy and wholesome family.

NOTE: The author was among the petitioners on behalf of 500 homeowners, against Globe Philippines in installing a cell phone tower on two attempts right in the heart of the Lagro subdivision, now part of Barangay Greater Lagro. QC

Effects of Radio Frequency Radiation on the eye lens which impairs vision, if not causes blindness.  Iionizing effect of EMF on the mitochondia, the powerhouse of our cells, which in turn damages the DNA, the molecular strucure of our genes.
Mysterious Fake Cellphone Towers Are Intercepting Calls All Over The US 

Jack Dutton September 4, 2014

Cellphone tower
REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Seventeen fake cellphone towers were discovered across the U.S. last week, according to a report in Popular Science.

Rather than offering you cellphone service, the towers appear to be connecting to nearby phones, bypassing their encryption, and either tapping calls or reading texts.

Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, used ESD's CryptoPhone 500 to detect 17 bogus cellphone towers. ESD is a leading American defense and law enforcement technology provider based in Las Vegas.

With most phones, these fake communication towers are undetectable. But not for the CryptoPhone 500, a customized Android device that is disguised as a Samsung Galaxy S III but has highly advanced encryption.

Goldsmith told Popular Science: " Interceptor use in the U.S. is much higher than people had anticipated.  One of our customers took a road trip from Florida to North Carolina and he found eight different interceptors on that trip. We even found one at South Point Casino in Las Vegas.”

The towers were found in July, but the report implied that there may have been more out there.

Although it is unclear who owns the towers, ESD found that several of them were located near U.S. military bases.

"Whose interceptor is it? Who are they, that's listening to calls around military bases? Is it just the U.S. military, or are they foreign governments doing it? The point is: we don't really know whose they are," Goldsmith said to Popular Science.

It's probably not the NSA — that agency can tap all it wants without the need for bogus towers, VentureBeat reported:

Not the NSA, cloud security firm SilverSky CTO/SVP Andrew Jaquith told us. “The NSA doesn’t need a fake tower,” he said. “They can just go to the carrier” to tap your line.

ComputerWorld points out that the fake towers give themselves away by crushing down the performance of your phone from 4G to 2G while the intercept is taking place. So if you see your phone operating on a slow download signal while you're near a military base ... maybe make that call from somewhere else.

In an amazing coincidence, police departments in a handful of U.S. cities have been operating "Stingray" or "Hailstorm" towers, which — you guessed it — conduct surveillance on mobile phone activity. They do that by jamming mobile phone signals, forcing phones to drop down from 4G and 3G network bands to the older, more insecure 2G band.~

Ten Ways Our World Ends

UST-GS Research assignment: Discuss each items as presented here in reverse order.   
Dr Abe V Rotor
Based on the lecture of Stephen Petranek
TED Talks

 Big Bang in acrylic by the author

10. We lose the will to survive
Remember Never Ending Story? Duel between the boy hero and the devil wolf ended with the triumph of the human spirit.  

9. Aliens invade the Earth 

Fiction yesterday, fact today. Do you believe in other intelligent beings outside our own planet?

8. The collapse of the ecosystems
So with the biomes (grouping of similar or related ecosystems, e.g. Rainforest) as a result of shrinking wildlife.

7. Particle Accelerator mishap

Similar, if not worse, than nuclear reactor meltdown. Unleashing sub-atomic particles capable of igniting chain reaction. 

6. Biocide disaster 
Biological agents in warfare causing pandemic to humans, animals and crops. 

5. Reversal of the Earth's magnetic field.
Earth's magnetic field acts like a shield to protect Earth from damaging solar particles. The Sun releases a flow of charged particles into space that can affect life on Earth. Reversal has global impact to our communication systems network. 

4. Giant solar flares
Tongues of fire arising from the sun's surface exacerbate global warming and El Nino phenomenon.   

3. New Global Epidemic

H1N1, Ebola, HIV-AIDS, virulent flu virus top the pathogenic epidemic diseases; while obesity, cell radiation, fatal stress are the recent global causes of death. 
2. We meet a rogue Black Hole
Theoretical physicists reveal the presence of black holes in our galaxy, giant whirlpools that swallow up stars into anti-matter - including our sun and its solar system. 

1. Collision with an Asteroid

Scientists coined impact technology as a new science in dealing with meteors and asteroids that fall to earth.  One impact caused the extinction of dinosaurs some 25 million years ago. 

NOTE: Actually, it is loss of will to live and hope to survive that is the greatest predisposing factor to the end of mankind, and our world.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Are you a candidate of the Quagmire Syndrome?

Goya's most intriguing painting - a lecture on humanity.
Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Goya's Two Peasants Fighting, 1819-23 Oil on plaster transferred to canvas 48.5 x 105 in. Museo National del Prado, Madrid. They are so concerned with their quarrel that they do not appear  to realize that they are sinking into quicksand.  

When people in a community fail to establish by whatever reason a strong sense of cooperation and mutual trust; 

When the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer; more so when the rich are preying upon the poor; 

When measures of progress are based merely on Economics (GDP), and not on Human Development Index (HDI); 

When growing affluence and rising income, the key to the Good Life, does not bring in true happiness to the individual and society;

When people are drawn out of their natural communities in search of opportunities, leading to the growth of cities into megapolises; 

When tradition and change become estranged, holding on to each other's own schools and followers, creating divided cultures;

When differences among nations are brought to the ultimate solution which is war, rather of fully exploring peaceful means; 

When genders are no longer respected of their roles in procreation, in adhering to ethical and moral norms, and true sense of identity in society;

When forests continue to vanish, rivers run dry, air and water fouled, wasteland expands,  at the expense of progress - and bleak future of the next generations;   

When knowledge pushes its limits into breakthroughs of inventions and discoveries
both beneficial and destructive, and not knowing the difference;

When a person blindly believes in his or her own holiness as a means of reaching heaven after death, without due regard of the environment, of others particularly those who are less fortunate;

When families become divided by opportunities and circumstances, and fail to keep the family as the primordial social unit; 

When globalization continues to erase the boundaries of knowledge, faith, ideologies, culture, commence, and the like; 

When governance fails as it is likely exacerbated by fast increasing population and growing affluence, unheeded by conventions and summits; 

Then, we are for these matters mentioned, candidate victims of the Quagmire Syndrome. ~

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

"My Last Farewell" - Jose Rizal’s Valedictory Poem

In commemoration of Rizal's 121st Death Anniversary December 30, 2017

Execution by musketry of Dr Jose P Rizal, Philippine National Hero, on December 30, 1896, at Bagumbayan, now Rizal Park ( Luneta), Manila .

By Nick Joaquin
Translated from the Spanish

Notes on Rizal’s Farewell Poem

 Rizal's Last Farewell in Pilipino

A few days before his execution, Rizal wrote this touching poem in Spanish. He wrote it with no trembling hands; no erasures. The hero wrote on a commercial blue-lined paper measuring 9.5 cm wide and 15.5 cm long. The poem is untitled, undated and unsigned. Rizal hid it inside an alcohol stove he was using. In the afternoon of December 29, 1896, Rizal gave this alcohol stove as a gift to his younger sister Trinidad and whispered: “There is something inside.”
After the hero’s execution, Josephine Bracken got hold of the poem and brought it with her to Hong Kong. She sold it to an American who brought it to the US. In 1908, the US War Department informed the Philippine Gov. Gen. James Smith who instructed the Philippine Government to buy it back. The poem has been translated into practically all major languages of the world, and in many dialects. 
Acknowledgment: Rizal and Josephine, by Gene Cabrera, courtesy of Philip Cabrera; Internet.

Land that I love: farewell: O land the sun loves:
Pearl of the sea of the Orient: Eden lost to your brood!
Gaily go I to present you this hapless hopeless life;
Were it more brilliant: had it more freshness, more bloom:
Still for you would I give it: would give it for your good!

In barricades embattled, fighting in delirium,
Others give you their lives without doubts, without gloom.
The site nought matters: cypress, laurel or lily:
Gibbet or open field: combat or cruel martyrdom
Are equal if demanded by country and home.

I am to die when I see the heavens go vivid,
announcing the day at last behind the dead night.
If you need color – color to stain that dawn with,
Let spill my blood: scatter it in good hour:
And drench in its gold one beam of the newborn light.

My dream when a lad, when scarcely adolescent:
My dreams when a young man, now with vigor inflamed:
Were to behold you one day: Jewel of eastern waters:
Griefless the dusky eyes: lofty the upright brow:
Unclouded, unfurrowed, unblemished and unashamed!

Enchantment of my life: my ardent avid obsession:
To your health! Cries the soul, so soon to take the last leap:
To your health! O lovely: how lovely: to fall that you may rise!
To perish that you may live! To die beneath you skies!
And upon your enchanted ground the eternities to sleep!

Should you find some day somewhere on my gravemound, fluttering
Among tall grasses, a flower of simple fame:
Caress it with your lips and you kiss my soul:
I shall feel on my face across the cold tombstone:
Of your tenderness, the breath; of your breath, the flame.

Suffer the moon to keep watch, tranquil and suave, over me:
Suffer the dawn its flying lights to release:
Suffer the wind to lament in murmurous and grave manner:
And should a bird drift down and alight on my cross,
Suffer the bird to intone its canticle of peace.

Suffer the rains to dissolve in the fiery sunlight
And purified reascending heavenward bear my cause:
Suffer a friend to grieve I perished so soon:
And on fine evenings, when prays in my memory,
Pray also – O my land! – that in God I repose.

Pray for all who have fallen befriended by not fate:
For all who braved the bearing of torments all bearing past:
To our poor mothers piteously breathing in bitterness:
For widows and orphans: for those in tortured captivity
and yourself: pray to behold your redemption at last.

And when in dark night shrouded obscurely the graveyard lies
And only, only the dead keep vigil the night through:
Keep holy the place: keep holy the mystery.
Strains, perhaps, you will hear – of zither, or of psalter:
It is I – O land I love! – it is I, singing to you!

And when my grave is wholly unremembered
And unlocated (no cross upon it, no stone there plain):
Let the site be wracked by the plow and cracked by the spade
And let my ashes, before they vanish to nothing,
As dust be formed a part of your carpet again.

Nothing then will it matter to place me in oblivion!
Across your air, your space, your valleys shall pass my wraith!
A pure chord, strong and resonant, shall I be in your ears:
Fragrance, light and color: whispers, lyric and sigh:
Constantly repeating the essence of my faith!

Land that I idolized: prime sorrow among my sorrows:
Beloved Filipinas, hear me the farewell word:
I bequeath you everything – my family, my affections:
I go where no slaves are – nor butchers: nor oppressors:
Where faith cannot kill: where God’s the sovereign lord!

Farewell, my parents, my brothers – fragments of my soul:
Friends of old and playmates in childhood’s vanished house:
Offer thanks that I rest from the restless day!
Farewell, sweet foreigner – my darling, my delight!
Creatures I love, farewell! To die is to repose. ~

Designed by Swiss sculptor Richard Kissling, the Rizal Monument is located near where the national hero was executed on December 30, 1896. Originally, it was called Motto Stella or Guiding Star, and was unveiled during the hero’s 17th death anniversary in 1913. Its granite base contains the national hero’s remains. A century later, the National Museum of the Philippines declared it as a National Cultural Treasure, as it had become a “preeminent national, political, historical and cultural symbol, evoking the virtues, patriotism, sacrifice, death and legacy of Rizal.” In preparation for the 121st death anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal on December 30, the national hero’s iconic monument at the Luneta Park in Manila recently received a makeover from the cleaning technology of German company Kärcher. 

 Torre de Manila - "
Photo Bomber"
A question of desecrating the m
emory and martyrdom of Philippine national hero Dr Jose P Rizal 
The controversy touches the sensitivity of the nation and people, and casts a shadow of insensitivity to those concerned. Another reported photobombing case is a parking building at the Banuaue Rice Terraces, a UNESCO Heritage site.
Origin of the term: A photo bomber is someone who either intentionally or unintentionally ruins an otherwise normal photo. The "photo bomber" will be doing such things as: making faces, gestures, naked, or getting naked, in a costume, or doing some other equally hilarious action. The photo bomber will usually work in the background of the photo. Some of the more ballsy photo bombers will go as far as being within inches behind or even next to the   people in the picture, or in rare cases, run in front of the photo. 

Dr Jose P Rizal: Man for All Seasons and Humanity

Dedicated to our country's National Hero, born June 19, 1861, and whose martyrdom on December 30, 1896 ignited a revolution against Spain leading to Philippine Independence. 

This article serves as a reference guide to students taking the Rizal Course, a three-unit subject in college. 

Dr Abe V Rotor
Professor, Rizal Course, UST and SPUQC
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Artist's interpretation on Rizal on his way to execution at Bagumbayan. Note lively gait and stride, and apparently jovial conversation with the escorting military officer. It was reported
by an attending doctor that Rizal's pulse rate was normal even as he faced the firing squad.

Rizal: boy and man; Artist's study: head profile of Rizal

Rizal as a student in Europe; right, most popular portrait, in official documents and books; 

Rizal, had he reached 90. 
Acknowledgment: Mr. Philip Cabrera, son of the artist; and National Historical Institute.

The following article about Dr Jose Rizal is widely circulated on the Internet in celebration of Rizal Day which is observed every 30th day of December, the day he was executed in Bagumbayan by Spanish authorities, 119 years ago. To preserve the originality of the report,I am presenting it the same way it is found on the Internet and as written by two sources of information, for which I express my indebtedness and gratitude. Rizal as the Father of Filipino Nationalism (Manila: Bureau of printing, 1941), pp.3-4.; and Rizal's Concept of World Brotherhood,  1958, pp.48-60. The intention of printing this article about Dr. Rizal, is to provide a fresh perspective about him and his teachings - and principally for the cause for which he gave his life - a cause which we would like to review in the light of present problems and challenges.
- Dr Abe V Rotor

TRIVIA: Complete name of Jose Rizal: José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda
The Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal, has his own views and concepts about Global Fellowship which is synonymous to "Internationalism", "Worldwide Brotherhood", "International Alliance", and "Global Fellowship of Humankind". The following concepts are taken from Rizal's own words, speeches, literature, and careful analysis of his personal history and works.

"It is not what your country can do for you, but it is what you can do for your country." Rizal

Factors that shaped Rizal
Among the factors that shaped Jose Rizal as a person:

1. Racial origin: Rizal descended from the Malay race and also genetically inherited the mixed Ilocano and Pangasinan bloodline of his mother. He also has Chinese and Spanish lineage.

2. Faith (religion): Christianity also shaped Rizal's way of thinking. He was born, baptized, and raised as a Roman Catholic.

3. His being a reader of books: He read many manuscripts, books, and other publications printed in various languages.

4. His being a linguist: His knowledge of different languages apart from his own. He can speak and understand 22 languages.

5. His voyages: He was able to befriend foreigners from the various nations that he was able to visit.

Rizal's ideas about "Brotherhood" (Fellowship)
These are Rizal's ideas about the subject of having a fellowship or brotherhood of humankind:

1. Education: The proper upbringing and education of children and daughter in order for them to prevent the same fate and suffering experienced by the uneducated and ignorant fellowmen under the rule of the Spaniards.

2. Faith or religion: The belief in only one God. The existence of different religions should not be the cause of misunderstandings. Instead, this existence of many religions should be used to attain unity and freedom. There should be deep respect to every individual's faith; the beliefs that one had become accustomed to and was brought up with since childhood.

3. Fellowman: It is important for one person to have a friend (fellow) and the establishment of an acquaintance with fellow human beings. (It is also important) to recognize the equality of rights of every fellow human being regardless of differences in beliefs and social status.

Rizal's efforts to promote a "Global Fellowship"

Rizal promoted global fellowship through the following:
a. Formation of organizations: Included here are known scholars and scientists recognized as the International Association of Filipinologists.

b. Friendship: In every journey, he was able to meet and befriend foreigners who sympathize with the experiences and events occurring in the Philippines.

c. Maintenance of communication: Before and during his exile at Dapitan, Rizal was able to keep in touch with his friends located in different parts of the world. He was also able to exchange opinions, writings and even specimens which he then studied and examined.

d. Joining organizations: Rizal believed in the goals of organizations that are related to the achievement of unity and freedom of humankind. He always had the time and opportunity to join into organizations.

Basis of "Worldwide Brotherhood" (Worldwide Fellowship)

These are the basis of the above ideas, which were then taken from Rizal's opinions found in his own writings and speeches which intend to establish unity, harmony, alliance and bonding among nations: The fundamental cause or reason for having the absence of human rights is eradicated through the establishment of unity.

One of Rizal's wishes is the presence of equal rights, justice, dignity, and peace. The basis for the unity of mankind is religion and the "Lord of Creations"; because a mutual alliance that yearns to provide a large scope of respect in human faith is needed, despite of our differences in race, education, and age. One of the negative effects of colonialism is racial discrimination. The presence of a worldwide alliance intends to eradicate any form of discrimination based on race, status in life, or religion.

Rizal wishes Peace to become an instrument that will stop the colonialism (colonization) of nations. This is also one of Rizal's concerns related to the "mutual understanding" expected from Spain but also from other countries. Similar to Rizal's protest against the public presentation (the use as exhibits) of the Igorots in Madrid in 1887 which, according to him, caused anger and misunderstanding from people who believed in the importance of one's race.

Hindrances towards the achievement of a "Worldwide Brotherhood"

However, Rizal also knew that there are hindrances in achieving such a worldwide fellowship: Change and harmony can be achieved through the presence of unity among fellowmen (which is) the belief in one's rights, dignity, human worth, and in the equality of rights between genders and among nations.

From one of the speeches of Rizal:

“The Philippines will remain one with Spain if the laws are observed and carried out (in the Philippines), if the Philippine civilization is "given life" (enlivened), and if human rights will be respected and will be provided without any tarnish and forms of deceitfulness. ”
Rizal's words revealed the hindrances against an aspired unity of humankind:

1. The absence of human rights.

2. Wrong beliefs in the implementation of agreements.

3. Taking advantage of other people.

4. Ignoring (not willing to hear) the wishes of the people.

5. Racial discrimination.

Excerpt from one of Rizal's letter to a friend:

“ If Spain does not wish to be a friend or brother to the Philippines, strongly the Philippines does not wish to be either. What is requested are kindness, the much-awaited justice, and not pity from Spain. If the conquering of a nation will result to its hardship, it is better to leave it and grant it its independence. ”

This letter presents Rizal's desire and anticipated friendship between Spain and the Philippines, but one which is based on equality of rights.


"What? Does no Caesar, does no Achilles appear on your stage now,

Not an Andromache e'en, not an Orestes, my friend?"
"No! there is naught to be seen there but parsons, and syndics of commerce,
Secretaries perchance, ensigns, and majors of horse."
"But, my good friend, pray tell me, what can such people e'er meet with
That can be truly great? - what that is great can they do?"

- Friedrich Schiller, "Shakespeare's Ghost," translated by John Bowring



Recorded in the history of human suffering are cancers of such malignant character that even minor contact aggravates them, endangering overwhelming pain. How often, in the midst of modern civilizations have I wanted to bring you into the discussion, sometimes to recall these memories, sometimes to compare you to other countries, so often that your beloved image became to me like a social cancer.

Therefore, because I desire your good health, which is indeed all of ours, and because I seek better stewardship for you, I will do with you what the ancients did with their infirmed: they placed them on the steps of their temples so that each in his own way could invoke a divinity that might offer a cure.

With that in mind, I will try to reproduce your current condition faithfully, without prejudice; I will lift the veil hiding your ills, and sacrifice everything to truth, even my own pride, since, as your son, I, too, suffer your defects and shortcomings.~

NOTE: This article serves as a reference guide to students taking the Rizal Course, a 3-unit subject in college.
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Anecdotes about Rizal 
Acknowledgement: Internet

1. One day, intending to cross Laguna de Bay, the boy Rizal rode on a boat. While in the middle of the lake, he accidentally dropped one of his slippers into the rough waters. The slipper was immediately swept away by the swift strong currents .Do you know what he did? He intentionally dropped the other slipper into the water. When somebody asked why he did such a thing, he remarked, "A slipper would be useless without its mate".

2. It was Jose Rizal's Mother who told him about the story of the moth. One night, her mother noticed that Rizal was not paying anymore attention to what she is saying. As she was staring at Rizal, he then was staring at the moth flying around the lamp. She then told Rizal about the story related to it.

There was a Mother and son Moth flying around the light of a candle. The Mother moth told her son not to go near the light because that was a fire and it could kill him easily. The son agreed. But he thought to himself that his mother was selfish because she doesn't want him to experience the kind of warmth that the light had given her. Then the son moth flew nearer. Soon, the wind blew the light of the candle and it reached the wings of the son moth and he died.

Rizal's mother told him that if the son moth only listened to what his Mother said, then he wouldn't be killed by that fire. 
Rizal must have remembered his mother's anecdote that night a moth visited him in Fort Santiago where he awaited his execution the following morning. He must have thought of the moth dying for his country's freedom. It died for a cause. It is the way martyrs die.  
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NOTE: This article was published in celebration of the 119th anniversary of Philippine independence, June 12 1017 “Kalayaan 2017: Pagbabagong Sama-samang Balikatan."