1.1 Background of the Study
Only a few took note of Rizal having a suave physique. He is usually described of what he virtually was perceived through different sources. Of all those different sources, some have shown discrepancies. This de facto notion was inculcated by the movie Bayaning Third World, directed by Mike de Leon. Descriptions of Jose Rizal nonetheless lack of what truly is suave of him. Little disputes are made in debunking what he usually have worn and what he was irked by. For scant information are being gathered, narrow and cynical, or perhaps newfangled, arguments are given to address this kind of concerns as some excuse to dwindling time. However, as a researcher of this specific concern about Rizal and his moustache, I took the audacity to supplicate this void. In this researcher, I will make use of philosophy as my tool in tackling this concern.
When a person of artistry and craftsmanship who happens to be Rizal’s ardent admirer, for instance, he would present two different portraits of the great hero: one in which he sports a moustache, and another without. Assuming the same timeline in two different instances, it would be frivolous to presume Rizal’s carelessness when it comes to wearing a moustache. Moreover, he is a man of reason and adversary of ignorance. This means to say minute details can be culprits for him. This respectable notion can be seen in his works, for example the novels he did make published and specifically The Philippines a Century Hence. The change of physical custom thus can be an irk. Lastly, and of all highly probable problem to be thought, inspirations could have affected Rizal in some way.
1.3 Significance of the Study
This study can be of concern to the Philippine mass, because Rizal is an image of great prominence. As it is in the reason that this concern is abased, there are possible more concerns that can be linked and rooted. Also, fellow men and patriarchs can learn from this. Where Rizal can be an image of masculinity and chauvinism, the Philippine nation can grow interestingly and rich in terms of culture and principles.
1.4 Objectives of the Study
This paper, hence, aims to prove that there is cognitive connection between Rizal and his moustache. The objectives of this paper are: to know whether Rizal wears a moustache for any reasons during his time, to prove that Rizal has some sense of principle in wearing one, and to identify inspirations which affected him into wearing one.
2.1 Of Rizal
2.1.1 His Study in Biñan
Jose Rizal grew with the aid of many persons. He was rightly guided in his development in all aspects of him. The challenges which he experienced from his childhood to teenage years paved way to his maturity. When he was young, he was thought the first experience of learning by her mother Doña Teodora. He grew from parental guidance to his elder brother’s care as to quasi-independence, for Rizal to study in Biñan. In...