In the 1950’s when the Church wasn’t waging war over women’s uterus much, it occupied itself by equating mandated Rizal courses to the collapse of moral fibre. It’s ages ago but I’m sure you can imagine the Church’s butthurt over required reading of something so unflattering that although they’re as Pinoy as they can get with Rizal, they’re allergic to his Noli and Fili. Yes, boys and girls; you almost didn’t get to know Padre Damaso and other charming priests like Salvi, Irene and Camorra because the Church was afraid it’ll destroy your faith in god.
Due to some fluke, the Philippine chapter of the Vatican Monarchy malfunctioned or Congress achieved a state of sanity to pass Republic Act 1425, which made the Rizal courses mandatory and Damaso a household name.
Show more appreciation for Rizal, folks!