FRIDAY last week, the nation celebrated Bonifacio Day in honor of the masa who founded the revolutionary movement against colonial Spain but who ironically died in the hands of the elitista who hijacked the first national democratic revolution in the country.
Andres Bonifacio was a self-made man. He did not belong to the educated class of Dr. Jose Rizal but loomed large in the Philippine revolution of 1898 which was spearheaded by the Katipunan that he founded.
He was not a man of letter not having finished a college degree but he was a wide reader masa. This was proved by the fact that the revolution his Katipunan spearheaded had the influence of the French revolution. Truth is, the nation owe to Bonifacio the revolutionary spirit sown in every Filipino’s heart.
But the story of Bonifacio is the story of the Filipino nation then and now. It is a story of betrayal in the name of class supremacy. It is a story about an ordinary man’s longing and aspiration for freedom and liberation that was thwarted by an elitist class who could not accept the poor and the helpless winning over the powers-that-be.
The Katipunan was a revolution of the poor and the downtrodden who could no longer bear the suffering and misery inflicted upon them by the ruthless priests and rulers who served as agents of imperialist Spain. The ordinary Filipino folk at that time could be likened to the biblical Jews who were in Egypt crying out to God for freedom and liberation from their Egyptian slave masters.
Sadly, the elitistang Pinoy who were not in the graces of the local agents of imperialist Spain could not imagine the liberation of the Philippines through the sweat and blood of the masang Pinoy hence their calculated move at seizing the leadership of the Katipunan from its founder and father Bonifacio.
And not content in dislodging Bonifacio from the very revolutionary movement he founded and nurtured to becoming a power that was on the verge of beating and defeating the colonial power, the leader of the masang Pinoy was ordered assassinated. Poor Bonifacio.
But the treachery of the elitistang Pinoy against the longings and aspirations of the masang Pinoy for a better life continues even up to this day. This treachery did not end with Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo’s treacherous act of selling the Philippine revolution to the newest kid in the bloc, so to speak, the imperialist Americans.
The colonization by America of the Philippines was perfected when they successfully reshaped the mind of the Filipino people into thinking that they are better off by becoming brown Americans and live an illusionary life of being Americans.
The subjugation of the Filipino people by the Americans became complete when the Filipinos, at least a good majority of them, did their best to think like, act like, behave like and walk like an American even if they were short, brown-skinned, with black hair and with flat noses.
To remedy the situation, like Dona Severina in Rizal’s popular novels, the Filipino tried their best to look like Americans by having their hair dyed to blonde, their noses lifted, their skin whitened by glutathione, and dressed themselves like their American idols. For this reason, the saya, kimona, barong were replaced with American sounding signature apparels.
The elitistang Pinoy again triumphed over the masang Pinoy with the latter surrendering everything that is Pinoy in favor of what is foreign and American thus making futile the revolution that Bonifacio and the Katipunan spearheaded to free us from foreign control and domination. (email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org)