Mabini’s illustrated ‘True Decalogue’ also meant for the present generation —NCHP PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 11:59

By LILY O. RAMOS

 

Most Filipinos do not know much about the Sublime Paralytic Apolinario Mabini’s “True Decalogue” although we have heard or read bits of it — buried somewhere, somehow in dusty history books or class in the Philippine Revolution from 1892-1896.

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has come out with a lively, brand-new, illustrated book titled “Mga Rebolusyonaryong Dekalogo” where Mabini’s “El Verdadero Decalogo” was translated by J. Villa Panganiban in Filipino and adapted from the English translation of Cesar Adib Majul.

On the preface of the book, now available to the public, NCHP president Maria Serena I. Diokno said that one of the top Katipuneros’ advice is meant not only for those who lived in the 19th century but for the present generation that’s striving for equality in justice, opportunity and true freedom.

Prof. Fe Buenventura-Mangahas, Commissioner of the NHCP, noted that Mabini’s Decalogue is timeless and applicable and beneficial at all times and should be put to practice.

Originally written in beautiful Spanish script, Mabini’s first command says: “Love God and your honor above all things; God as the foundation of all truth, of justice, and all activity; and your honor, the only power which will oblige you to be truthful, just, and industrious.”

The second is: “Worship God in the form which your conscience may deem most righteous and worthy; for in your conscience, which condemns your evil deeds and praises your good ones, speaks your God.”

Third: “Cultivate the special gifts which God has granted you, working and studying according to your ability, never leaving the paths of righteousness and justice, in order to attain your own perfection, by means of which you shall be honored, and being honored, you shall glorify God.”

Fourth: “Love your country after God and your honor more than yourself: for she is the only Paradise which God has given you in life, the patrimony of your race, the only inheritance of your ancestors, and the only hope of your posterity; because of her, you have life, love and interest, happiness, honor and God.”

Fifth: “Strive for the happiness of your country before your own, making of her the kingdom of reason, of justice and of labor; for if she is happy, you, together with your family, shall likewise be happy.”

Sixth: “Strive for the independence of your country; for only you can have any real interest in her advancement and exaltation, because her independence constitutes your won liberty; her advancement, your perfection; and her exaltation, your own glory and immortality.”

Seventh “Do not recognize in your country the authority of any person who has not been elected by you and your countrymen; for authority emanates from God, and as God speaks in the conscience of every man, the person designated and proclaimed by the conscience of a whole people is the only one who use true authority.”

Eighth: “Strive for a republic and never for a monarchy in your country: for the latter exalts one or several families and founds a dynasty; the former makes a people noble and worthy through reason, great through liberty, and prosperous and brilliant labor.”

Ninth: “Love your neighbor as yourself: for God has imposed upon him, as well as upon you, the obligation to help you and not to do you what he would not have you do to him; but if your neighbor, failing in this sacred duty, attempts against your life, your liberty, and your interests, then you shall destroy and annihilate him, for the supreme law of self-preservation prevails.”

Tenth: “Consider your countryman more than your neighbor; see in him your friend, your brother, or at least your comrade, with whom you are bound by one fate, by the same joys and sorrows, and by common aspirations and interests.

”Therefore, as long as national frontiers subsist, raised and maintained by the selfishness of race and of family, with your countrymen alone shall you unite in perfect solidarity of purpose and interest, in order to have force, not only to resist the common enemy, but also to attain all the aims of human life.”