Sunday, September 4, 2016

Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano Puli is Story about Love and Sacrifice

  Having seen this film made me contemplate and ponder on what makes a Pilipino, is his/her being one with nature, as simple and natural. We should reflect on our roots and our nature. The pureness of it, like a river and trees, we must be in touch with, we must keep and always refer to, in our lives. Hermano Puli is one film that will tell us this. We have to get to see and understand the clarity, if we have to triumph in this life and lead a good example for others to be enlightened as well, and know what our purpose is.There’s so much to learn from this film, giving us many lessons as well as inspirations.

Decades before the rise of liberalism in Spanish-era colonial Philippines, a young charismatic preacher leads a movement for equality and religious freedom for his fellow native Filipinos. He is hailed as the Christ of the Tagalogs, but is sentenced to death for heresy by both Church and State.

He is Apolinario de la Cruz, known as Hermano Pule or Puli, was a Filipino religious leader who founded and led the Cofradía de San José. The cofradía was formed in 1832 in response to the institutionalised racism of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. During the Spanish colonial period, Catholic religious orders refused to admit native Filipinos as members. In retaliation, Hermano Pule established his own religious order which was exclusive for native Filipinos. 

   During its peak, the cofradia had 4,500 to 5,000 members from the provinces of Tayabas, Laguna, and Batangas. Fearing an armed rebellion, the Spanish colonial government sent military forces to violently suppress the cofradía. On 23 October 1841, Hermano Pule and his followers resisted the aforementioned attack. However, more troops were sent and on 1 November 1841, the cofradía was finally quelled by the colonial military forces. Pule was then captured, tried, and executed.
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