Sabado, Disyembre 4, 2010

Lolo Jose: An Intimate and Illustrated Portrait of Jose Rizal

Lolo Jose: An Intimate and Illustrated Portrait of Jose Rizal [Hardcover] by Asuncio Lopez Bantug

Different is this Jose Rizal book, because it's written from "inside" the family. Mrs. Bantug has long been an invaluable source for Jose Rizal researchers and biographers. Even the now all too familiar events of the Jose 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 Jose Rizal plain. The national monument has become flesh and blood.

Product Description

Lolo Jose: An Intimate and Illustrated Portrait of Jose Rizal traces the vivid life story of the First Filipino as culled from family lore and personal anecdotes. Rizal's grandniece Asuncion Lopez Bantug has written a biography that enables us to see, hear, and feel how an acutely sensitive and prodigiously talented boy became the Philippine national hero in an epoch of great suffering and danger.
The book features the most comprehensive photo album of Rizal, with more than three hundred historical photos and reproductions, along with the complete bibliography of his visual, literary, and political works. Also included are an illustrated chronology of his life and the family's remarkable genealogical chart which traces their Chinese ancestry back to the early seventeenth century and springs forward to six generations of descendants.
The hardcover edition is accompanied by the CD-ROM Codex Rizal, which contains the full text of Rizal's novels and selected works, landmark biographies by Wenceslao Retana (Vida y Escritos del Dr. Jose Rizal), Austin Craig (Lineage, Life, and Labors of Jose Rizal), and Rafael Palma (Biografia de Rizal), Teodoro Kalaw's pioneering Epistolario Rizalino (the scholarly compilation of Rizal's correspondence in Spanish), and a gallery of over two hundred photographs and illustrations. Codex Rizal is linked to's The Complete Jose Rizal, the most extensive online repository of Rizal's monumental cultural output.

About the Author

Asuncion Lopez Bantug was educated at Assumption Convent and the University of Santo Tomas. She holds a bachelor of arts in journalism and a bachelor of science in education (cum laude). She has contributed to various Philippine publications and belongs to the Women Writers Group, which counts Carmen Guerrero Nakpil and Maria Kalaw Katigbak among its members. In 1938 Bantug won honorable mention in the National Rizal Biography Contest. She was married to Antonio Bantug, the numismatist and Filipiniana collector. They have five children and nineteen grandchildren.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Vibal Foundation and Intramuros Administration; Second Edition edition (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9719398531
  • ISBN-13: 978-9719398530
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
This is a beautiful, cofee table style, hardcover book with gild edge pages written by Jose Rizal's grand niece. It is notable for the historical photos but most importantly the story of this great man is told from the unique viewpoint of his actual ancestors. The Codex CD and the DVD that accompany the hardcopy version provide a wealth of information not available from other Jose Rizal biography's. This book is beautiful to look at and also valuable for the in depth information contained wihin.