The times in which we live, a time of purgative rupture and prophetic upheaval, offer a twin challenge to which we, whether we like it or not, aware of it or not, cannot but respond. And our individual response will mark us, our identity and our destiny, if we are Filipinos whose identification with the country of our birth or lineage is not just accidental or sentimental but fateful and integral.
—  E. San Juan, Jr. “Rizal in Our Time”