Jose Rizal and Gregorio Sancianco

March 3, 2013 by  
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ako-30june2012-150x150By Hernan Melencio

Today is another important day in Philippine history.

As a former expat myself,  I can relate somewhat to the travails of Filipinos abroad during Rizal’s days in Europe. The only difference is that Filipinos then went abroad mostly to study while Filipinos now go away to work. When I went to Saudi Arabia in 1993, the “in” thing was the pager and it was alien in the Kingdom. We communicated to our loved ones at home through snail mail. The lines at the post office went all the way outside the building.

For emergencies, we fell in line in government-operated “call cabins” and the lines also spilled out to the streets. It was just a matter of time when some enterprising Saudis cashed in on the matter and soon private call cabins sprung up like mushrooms – or McDonald’s or SM.

Funny, Ambeth quoted Rizal as mentioning Gregorio Sancianco (after whom an old high school in Malabon was named). I studied in that school and all the while his name – I mean the guy, not the school – was never mentioned (or maybe I was absent or was listening too fast.)  It’s only recently that I learned he was a colleague of Rizal in the propaganda movement.  What a shame.

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11 Comments on "Jose Rizal and Gregorio Sancianco"

  1. Ybanez, Ruselle E. on Wed, 6th Mar 2013 11:14 PM 

    Honestly sir, I didn’t know Gregorio Sancianco either. I have to google him up ‘coz I got curious on how his name suddenly popped out next to Rizal. Sorry for that. I think it’s a proof that there still many unsung heroes in our history. Although in regards with Sancianco, a school was already named after him. He, has been recognized after all.

  2. Herrera, Krizelle N. (H-302, Rizal Class, Holy Angel Unversity, Ms. Marian A. Caampued) on Sun, 14th Apr 2013 7:21 PM 

    Good evening sir. I would just like to express what I thought after reading your article. =)

    In this present time, most Filipinos have the colonial mindset that other countries have better structures and abilities than that in our local setting. They choose to work in abroad in order to seek for greener pastures since there is far more income outside the Philippines.

    This may be true, but before even thinking about how nice it will be if you were to work in other countries, think and imagine if you could be of help to your own motherland. Think of ways on how you could contribute to the improvement of the Philippine setting. Create your own business. Make investors think that Philippines is the best country to negotiate with.

    Jose Rizal studied and worked in abroad in his mission to help the Filipinos become aware of the misery that the Spaniards are doing, and thus, fight for themselves. He was a great influence and an inspiration to the Filipinos.

    Gregorio Sancianco, who was the first writer in the Propanganda Movement, also became a part of our national history, even though he was not that recognized as Jose Rizal.

  3. Pamintuan, Wilmer S. (C-301, HAU) on Mon, 15th Apr 2013 8:13 AM 

    C-301: Pamintuan, Wilmer S.: Holy Angel University

    After I read the article I found out that Gregorio Sancianco was also a hero during a Spanish colonialization, he should also given a reward for what he did. I remember what my teacher said to us during my highschool days, she said: “Parang penikula lang yan, ang bida lang ang napapansin ang mga stuntman hindi visible, kasi hindi sila bida.” and that quote reminds me of this article entitled “Jose Rizal and Gregorio Sancianco”.

  4. Buduan, Ma. Lourdes M. C-301, HAU on Thu, 18th Apr 2013 8:29 AM 

    Goodmorning sir I was curios about who’s Gregorio Sancianco is so I’ve researched it. Gregorio Sanciano is also a propagandist and he wrote one of the first book of El Progreso de Filipinas, Madrid, 1881 advocating for the economic reform in the philippines. Just like willmer said hindi man siya ang bida atleast may nagawa padin siyang parte sa ating history kasama ang ating bayani na si Jose Rizal.

  5. simsuangco,bryl-nyrd d. HAU on Tue, 23rd Apr 2013 3:26 PM 

    GOODAFTERNOON, IM BRYL AND I GUESS THE ARTICLE IS ABOUT THE MSGS. GOING EVERYWHERE BCUZ OF SOME PEOPLE WHO CRACKED OR TREPASS A IN A THING JUST LIKE WHAT U SAID UR IN SAUDI ARABIA WE ALL KNOW THAT COUNTRIES LIKE THAT ARE MORE ON STREET KILLINGS SO JUST LIKE THE TIME OF JOSE RIZAL HERE WERE THE SPANISH COLONY MURDERED OUR DIGNITY AS A FILIPINO, THE TERM “IN” FOR ME IS A TERM OF A TRESPASSING WERE THEY JUST GO SNEAK AND KILL. SO I THINK THAT GREGORIO WRITE THE EL PROGRESO IS FOR THOSE FILIPINOS SEEKING FOR CHANGE UNTIL THIS TIME….

  6. Cerdeña, Krista (C-301,HAU) on Tue, 23rd Apr 2013 3:41 PM 

    After i read your article ive searched the name Gregorio Sancianco and found out that he was one of the first writers of the propaganda movement and also wrote a book entitled El Progreso de Filipinas, Madrid 1881. He was like Jose Rizal through his works but unfortunately he was not recognized like Jose Rizal.

  7. Rivera, John Vincent A. (H-302, 4Rizal, HAU) on Tue, 23rd Apr 2013 7:22 PM 

    Goodevening Sir, after i read this article, I’ve been thinking that there maybe a lot of filipinos who had contributed great things, but still aren’t recognized, cause all the while, ang nakikita lang ng mga tao ay yung mga mali na nagaganap at nangyayari sa ating bansa, nakakalungkot dahil nilamon at unti unting nilalamon ng sistema ang ating mga kababayan. really a shame.

  8. Kelvin M. Ong on Thu, 25th Apr 2013 7:08 PM 

    At first when i saw this article entitled “Jose Rizal and Gregorio Sancianco”, I was thinking who is Gregorio Sancianco,so i found out that he wrote the El Progreso de Filipinas which is a technical treatise on economics recommending measures, which were eventually adopted as government policies to stimulate the commercial and agricultural progress in the Philippines. This is how Gregorio Sancianco is very influential imagine the Filipino nationalist leaders was inspired in carrying out the needed reforms.Now I know that Gregorio Sanciano is one of the great hero with Dr. Jose Rizal. I admire and idolized Jose Rizal because he did everything just to help us “Filipinos” of what the Spaniards are doing to us. He never give up just to save us from danger and he continue to inspire us till he was dead. Eventhough he was dead now he remained in our hearts that he is one of the great heroes here in our country.–ONG,KELVIN M. C-301/Holy Angel University

  9. Glenn Guadalupe on Thu, 1st Aug 2013 7:37 PM 

    Part of the reason Filipinos want to work abroad is because the Filipino administrative system – from government to its schools – is full of legalism and red tape. It is an uphill battle to try to improve your life in this system. Rizal (in INDOLENCE) had complained that the Spaniards made it impossible for Filipinos to improve because of all the useless permits and forms and administrative difficulties set in place by the colonial power. Today, it is Philippine society itself that keeps the Filipino down. Something’s gotta change!!!

  10. Cunanan, Dennis S. (BM-334, RIZAL, HAU) on Sat, 5th Jul 2014 8:57 PM 

    after i read this article, Mr. Gregorio Sancianco He was a Chinese mestizo who went to Madrid for his undergraduate studies. He wrote one of the first books “El Progreso de Filipinas”. He told us that during rizal time other filipino people are working abroad and studying abroud.

  11. Cunanan, Dennis S. BM-334 rizal ,hau on Sat, 5th Jul 2014 9:07 PM 

    After i read this article i found out that Mr. Gregorio sancianco, was one of the first writers of the propaganda movement. He is was a chinese mestizo who went to madrid for undergraduate studies. He wrote one of the first book (el progreso de filipinas, madrid, 1881) he said during rizal time that filipino people arr ing aborad to work or study.

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