Monthly Archives: October 2017

Rizal’s Simoun: What’s in a Name?

Ever wondered why Jose Rizal chose such an unusual alias for Juan Crisostomo Ibarra in El filibusterismo? This French painting gives us a clue. Simoun is not one of the three men in burnouses. Simoun is the powerful desert wind these men are faced with.  The word “simoun” … Continue reading

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