This Powerful Monologue by Dennis Trillo in Maria Clara at Ibarra Will Move You to Tears

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Ang bayang ito ay may kanser!” a trembling Crisostomo Ibarra, played by Dennis Trillo, shouts from the pulpit. A range of emotions flashes through the eyes of Trillo: Pain, indignation, disbelief, surprise, and elation. All in the space of a minute. 

Maria Clara at Ibarra is GMA 7’s latest series masterpiece, starring Barbie Forteza as Klay, who believes the study of Rizal and History is irrelevant. She is transported to 19th-Century Philippines inside Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere after she fails her Rizal Studies class in college. She falls asleep while reading Noli, but wakes up in an alternate world. As she navigates the real world of Noli Me Tangere, Klay meets Maria Clara, Crisostomo Ibarra, the prayles, the Ilustrados, and the Indios

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Audiences were treated to a climactic scene on January 6 as Ibarra delivered an impassioned speech:

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"Nagmistulang pilay at ginamit na saklay ang kapangyarihan ng mga dayuhan sa kagustuhang makatulong sa bayan ko ngunit kailangan ko munang yumukod sa kanila! Ako ay nagbingi-bingihan sa mga hinagpis ng ina na katulad ni Aling Sisa—na ninakaw ang dignidad at buhay ng kanyang mga anak mula sa kanya. Ako'y nagbulag-bulagan sa mga isiniwalat ng aking kaibigan. Pinilit kong pumikit sa mga katiwalian, pang-aabuso at pang-aalipusta ng mga dayuhan sa ating mga ama, ina, kapatid, anak. Mestizo man o indio. Mayaman man o mahirap. Wala silang pinipili basta't may dugong indio," Ibarra said.

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"Tinanggalan nila tayo ng dangal at winasak nila ang ating mga kinabukasan nang sa gayon ay masakop nila tayo ng kanilang kapangyarihan hanggang sa tayong lahat ay maging mahina, magkasakit at tuluyang mamatay. Ang bayang ito ay may kanser! Isang malubhang sakit na matagal nang dinadaing ng ating lipunan. Minana pa natin sa ating mga ninuno. Tinambak sa ating mga pamilya, maging sa ating lupang sinilangan," Ibarra stressed.

Twitter user Kams comments: “It's not just hype, this teleserye is a hit right now because of its clear message and purpose—to reawaken something in us Filipinos. Ang namulat, hindi na muling pipikit.”

Although the contents of Noli should not be judged as an accurate depiction of Philippine history, it was a very effective tool of propaganda that stirred the emotions of Filipinos against the Spaniards, ultimately leading to the Philippine Revolution and the declaration of independence in 1898. 



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