Early historian tends to romanticize our Heroes and Heroines, making their life story perfect to the point that common Tao finds it hard to emulate.
Luckily we have a new breed of historian the likes of Ambeth Ocampo, who advocates the demystifying our History.
“Graciano López Jaena (December 18, 1856-January 20, 1896) was a journalist, orator, revolutionary, and national hero from Iloilo, the Philippines, who is well known for his newspaper, La Solidaridad. Philippine historians regard López Jaena, along with Marcelo H. del Pilar and José Rizal, as the triumvirate of Filipino propagandists. Of these three ilustrados, López Jaena was the first to arrive in Spain and may have founded the genesis of the Propaganda Movement.” Wikipedia
Okey we learned it from our History Teacher..
Here is what our Teacher did not tell us (unless your teacher is named Ambeth Ocampo).
According to Jose Alejandro “In his dress he was slovenly and was so careless that I saw him eat sardines in oil with his fingers which he cleaned afterwards with his already dirty suit.”
Alejandrino narrated how Mariano Ponce bought Graciano a new suit but he insisted on keeping his filthy old one. Graciano later pawned the new one and returned to his old suit! Another time he was brought to a tailor and they ?recommended to the tailor to put rubber strips in the cuffs of his pants so that these would not rip off despite the fact that Graciano never cared even to put on his pants well and always carried them dragging down. His physical qualities were unfavorable to him as an orator. He was of a medium stature with a frail constitution, stuttered somewhat, and had a very pronounced Visayan accent.
See our Heroes are Human Too..