MAKAMISA: The Search for Rizal's Third Novel
Ambeth R. Ocampo
No Filipino can graduate from school without having read, or at least
pretend to read, the novels of the country's national hero, the Noli me
tangere & the El Filibusterismo. As such, the study of the life of
Jose Rizal & his works have become a burden & a joyless chore.
For anyone to enjoy Ambeth Ocampo's book "Makamisa", one first needs to
have a sincere appreciation of Rizal and his legacy.
"Makamisa", Ocampo takes us with him on a journey as he searches for
& eventually finds Rizal's unfinished third novel. Yes, Rizal had
not just one, but six unfinished stories, which I was happy to learn
about & read in this book. All these unfinished stories give us a
glimpse of the wealth of Rizal's imagination and his unfulfilled
potential, sadly cut short by his execution by the Spanish. Thus we are
left to forever wonder what else he could have accomplished.
on this year that we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of our
national hero, I hope we can truly say that our interest in Rizal is
still alive, because there is still more to learn for those who know to