Pages: 254 pages (hardcover)
Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
Philippine National hero José Rizal’s grandniece Asunción López Bantug writes the vivid life story of the First filipino as culled from family lore and personal anecdotes. This biography enables us to see, hear, and feel how an acutely sensitive and prodigiously talented boy became the national hero of the Philippines in an epoch of great suffering and danger.
Lavishly illustrated with more than 300 historical photos and reproductions, the book also includes the complete bibliography of Rizal’s visual literary, and political works, an illustrated chronology of his life, and the Rizal family’s remarkable genealogical chart tracing their Chinese ancestry from early seventeenth century all the way through five generations of descendants. The collector’s hardcover edition is accompanied by Codex Rizal, a cd-rom containing the full text of Rizal’s novels and selected works; landmark biographies by Wenceslao Retana, Austin Craig and Rafael Palma; Teodoro Kalaw’s pioneering compilation of Rizal’s correspondence in Spanish; and over 200 photographs and illustations. Special de luxe edition featuring gilt and rounded edge pages and leather quarter binding.
Lolo José: The Family Carries On
Ever wondered how the Philippine National Hero José Rizal was like as an ordinary man and family member?
In this video-documentary, the tale of Lolo José (Grandfather José) continues as family members reminisce about their illustrious ancestor. The Stories are layered upon stories, in a rich collage of history, experience and memory, until Rizal comes vividly to life in all his humanity — as a son, a lover, a friend and a grand uncle.
Rizal’s voice transcends the myths and legends that have been woven around him. At once personal and intimate, this documentary shows Rizal not as a remote and perfect hero, but as a warm and tender presence — the Filipinos’ very own Lolo José.
A moving tribute to family and country, the video features interviews with Rizal’s family members, and notable historians and scholars, including Jaime Laya and Ritchie Quirino.
Different is this Rizal book, because it’s written from “inside” the family. Mrs. Bantug has long been an invaluable source for Rizal researchers and biographers. Even the now all too familiar events of the Rizal story take on new color and suspense. Again and again in Mrs. Bantug’s book we get this excited feeling that we are seeing Rizal plain. The national monument has become flesh and blood. —Nick Joaquín, National Artist for Literature