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"Not all heroes wear capes, not all heroes are truly good."
Filipino movies and teleseryes have raised us to believe that heroes are infallible (and, in some cases, bulletproof). In real life, however, it’s not so black-and-white. Our national heroes were flesh and blood who made mistakes just like any other Filipino during their time.
The Luna brothers had a violent streak.
While Juan Luna is known for his award-winning and haunting "Spoliarium," history books often forget to tell us that he killed his wife. Yes, the country’s most famous painter and hero murdered his wife (and his mother-in-law!) in a fit of jealous rage. And there is also evidence that suggests his family used their connections so that he would get preferential treatment while in prison.
His brother Antonio was no better. The hot-headed general almost killed their friend, Jose Rizal. Once, again it was jealousy that drove Antonio to almost duel to the death with Rizal.
Luna refers to the moon, which is often associated with madness. Could this just be a coincidence?
Rizal and Goyo were known womanizers.
One of the first things we learn about Jose Rizal is that he was linked to a lot of women during his lifetime. In fact, almost everywhere he would go, he would find a suitable paramour. When his heart finally settled on the Irish beauty, Josephine Bracken, he had already earned a reputation of being a ladies’ man. (Initially, Bracken’s adoptive father was against the union of the 18-year-old girl and the doctor who was in his 30s.)
Despite this, Rizal was very strict with his sisters, especially with the boys they date. In a letter to Soledad, he scolds her for not introducing her “sweetheart” to their family. Now before we accuse Rizal of being anti-feminist, let’s not forget that the hero also supported women’s right to proper education, as he had written down in his letters to the Women of Malolos.
Quezon was a bit vain and shut down his critics.
Manuel Quezon was your typical charismatic politician whose mestizo looks captured the heart of a nation. It seems as though he was aware of this and he made the effort of having his sleek flat-top hairstyle groomed to perfection for his public appearances. Some even say that he had a personal barber. His efforts were not in vain (pun intended) because even at 5’6” he managed to impress almost everyone he met. A foreigner even said that he was “as handsome as a Roman god.”
This vanity, however, proved to be his heroic flaw. While history credits Quezon for being the “Ama ng Wikang Pambansa” and praises him for his open-door policy for Jewish refugees during WWII, there is also a dark chapter in this hero’s life.
The movie Quezon's Game depicted him as a puppet of the U.S. government and the ruling class. During his time in government, big businesses and landowners were favored over workers and farmers.
This depiction was not far-fetched. In fact, one of the most harrowing episodes during his governance was the Cabuyao Massacre. The Constabulary opened fired at Sakdalistas, a faction of government critics led no less than by Quezon's former ally. What made it worse was that this massacre happened in a church.
(The Sakdalistas later splintered into two groups. One group partnered with the Japanese and eventually became the Makapilis. The other group formed the Hukbalahap, which was later accused of killing Quezon’s wife, Doña Aurora.)
Aguinaldo ordered the killing of the Bonifacio brothers, was implicated in the murder of Antonio Luna and his followers, and pretty much sold the country.
Emilio Aguinaldo was more of a politician than a hero. Though we cannot deny his contribution during the Philippine-Spanish War, we also cannot avoid the dark deeds that made historians openly call him a traitor.
The start of his infamy in the history of the Philippines was at the Tejeros Convention. Though he wasn’t physically present, it was said that he conspired with his allies to corner Andres Bonifacio.
By giving the Supremo a meager role in the revolutionary government (nothing more than the equivalent of a treasurer), he angered Magdiwang, the Tagalog faction of the Katipunan. This is what further stirred animosity between Magdalo and Magdiwang.
Of course, it was revealed that he was the mastermind behind the murder of the Bonifacio brothers and General Antonio Luna, all of whom did not share his point of view in governance and also posed as threats to his leadership.
In his letters that were auctioned off to private buyers in 2019, he admitted to the murder of the Supremo. In his own words, he stated, “I had to yield,” which was said to be his concession to the advice of his allies that Bonifacio was more trouble than he’s worth.
Regarding Antonio Luna, his hit biopic depicted Aguinaldo as the mastermind behind the general’s gruesome death. Whatever really happened, many historians assume that it couldn’t have happened without Aguinaldo’s knowledge. Because of this, he was partly responsible for Luna’s death and of his aide, Paco Roman. (Luna’s loyal followers were also later tracked down and killed.)
The biggest betrayal of all, however, was the fact the Aguinaldo simply gave up the Philippines after all the lives that were lost for its freedom. When Cavite fell, his revolutionary government capitulated to Spain and accepted P1,700,000 as payment (he later said this was used to buy arms to take back the country, we can never really trust this). How’s that for a betrayal?
How I Named My Kids
By: Aristotle Dadiz
July 7, 2010
Seven years ago, as young couple, we were very excited what to name our first baby specially when we got the result of my wife's ultrasound and finally knew the gender. I remember looking for names in the Bible and actually considered the name "Rachab". It was fair enough because for no apparent reason, I just changed my mind. Later on, I learned that Rachab was a prostitute whom God used to assist the Israelites in occupying Canaan. It was definitely a relief not calling our firstborn after a prostitute (though used by God). In this notion, I am sure all dads agree with me.
While still not decided for a name, I would say, I like reading credits whenever I watch movies particularly because I am always interested to take note of the copyright; and most copyright are right at the very end of the closing credits. So I would read every name. That is, when I am able to catch up with the rate of speed as the credits are rolling down. I realized that most names are short and rarely more than one, like: Lea, Susan, Lucy, among other familiar names. I told myself, I will name my daughter with a short one, easy to remember, easily pronounced, and easy to write. And so, the search was narrowed down. No more double, triple, long names to complicate the matter.
The next thing I did was reflect on myself and my name. Naturally, Greek philosophers and ancient scientists came to mind since I have the same name as the Greek philosopher, Aristotle. However, my Mother told me I was named after the Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis as she was dreaming that I will also be a rich man. Probably not as rich as Ari Onassis, just the typical Filipino notion of “rich,” living a comfortable life. Now here’s the connection, Mr. Onassis became rich in the shipping industry and I became a sailor. Ari Onassis was an Oil Tycoon and I work now in the oil and gas sector. A bit strange, if you ask me. I even had a Greek assistant named Corianitis Panagiotis when I was employed as chief engineer on board a pleasure yacht. (And that too is a strange name.)
Moreover, as I dwelt on my name, I remembered as a teen-ager how I used to print my name backwards on walls. (Yes, I am one of those brats). Instead of “ARI” I would write “IRA”. Ari is my nickname and this is how I’m called at home and in our hometown in Ilocos Norte. “Ari” in the Ilocano dialect means “king.” But when we moved to Manila where I continued my high school, Ari didn’t sound good anymore specially when pronounced with a different stress like the way the Bisayas do. It would denote a very odd meaning, “ari ng lalake” which means, a man’s genital. So I started introducing myself as Aris, although when read backwards is “SIRA” meaning idiot; but if you include my last name, Aris Dadiz, when read backwards it would be, SIRA ZIDAD, meaning, “My dad is an idiot.” Poor dad.
Anyway, going back to IRA... Ira is said to be a male name, usually Dutch, but it’s also a female name. It does sound feminine to me. In the Bible, Ira was the chief adviser of King David (See 2 Sam. 20:26), and the name means watchful or wakeful. When I learned this, I became sure I’d like my daughter called “IRA”. And my wife Lyn was very pleased.
When Ira was a baby, she was always awake mostly at night and would cry if not cradled. That’s wakeful. I also remember vividly when Ira was just about 9 months old and my wife and I had a serious fight, Ira stared at us with a very serious look and acted as if she wanted to say, “Stop fighting”. I call that watchful. She’s now seven and she still does that today. The only difference is that she can talk very clearly and quite reasonably like an adult.
Further, it was easy to name our second child since we started this backward thing. We called our son, "NYL", obviously named after her mom, LYN. I compare his name to the Latin word “Nil” meaning, nothing or zero. In the state of Colorado, they have a motto that says, “Nil Sine Numine” meaning "Nothing without the Divine Will." We are nothing without Jesus (The Name above all names). We are nothing without a personal relationship with Him. On the other hand, zero °C is the freezing point of water, hence, Nyl is cool.
Nyl indeed is a very sweet and loving angel. You can see the humility in him particularly with how he treats his cousins. He knows how to give and share his toys and he listens to my instructions. By the way, Nyl was born on my birthday. Yes, we have the same birthdate. It has been this fifth year I am having a children’s party on my birthday. I would say to Nyl, “Happy birthday son.” And he would say, “Happy birthday Dad.” I tell you, it always sounds magical to my ears.
My wife just delivered our third child FAE, a baby girl. They’re the ones who inspired me to write this anecdote. “Fae” means Faith, as we are saved thru faith in Jesus. The “AE” is the first and last letter of mine and my wife’s name, Aristotle and Annalyne.
If we will be blessed in the future with another son, we will call him ÁCÉ (eysi). As mentioned, “A and E” is the first and last letter of my name and my wife’s which leaves “C” in the center. “C” stands for CHRIST who should be the center in our lives.
To God be the glory in giving wisdom to me and Lyn giving our offspring lovely and godly names.
Specially dedicated to my wife Lyn and to my children Ira, Nyl, and Fae.