“If Jose Rizal were alive today, what would he be doing?”
This is what a series of illustrations have tried to show and explore for this year’s celebration of National Heroes’ Day by reimagining prominent Filipino heroes as frontliners in the current pandemic.
An original by digital marketing agency Hashtag Interactive, the work features Rizal, along with Andres Boniacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini, Marcelo H. Del Pilar, Sultan Dipatuan Kudarat, Juan Luna, Melchora Aquino, and Gabriela Silang drawn in classic Filipino comics-inspired style.
“With the reimagined personas of historical figures, the illustrations are meant to highlight character parallelisms between past and present heroes,” the agency shares in a statement. “The social post aims to showcase the heroic efforts of COVID-19 frontliners at par with the magnanimous acts exemplified by heroes [often remembered on this day].”
The agency says it hopes the digital illustrations “will resonate with people, inspire a sense of national pride, and stimulate conversation about heroism and duty to one’s country.”
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