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Banaag at Sikat: The Story of Love, Revolution and Social Justice by Lope K. Santos

Banaag at Sikat: A Classic Filipino Novel by Lope K. Santos

Banaag at Sikat is one of the earliest novels written by Lope K. Santos in Tagalog language in 1906. It is considered as a "bible of the Filipino workers" as it revolves around the life of Delfin, a poor man who falls in love with Meni, a rich landowner's daughter, while also discussing social issues such as socialism, capitalism, and labor unions.[1][2]

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The novel is a love story framed as a political tale. It explores the themes of love, revolution, and social justice through the characters of Delfin and his friend Felipe, who are both socialists and anarchists. Delfin wants the citizens to have more rights in business and property relations. He believes that society could be changed through education. On the other hand, Felipe believes in tearing down society's walls. Factories should be owned by those who work there and land owned by those who till it.[3]

Banaag at Sikat reflects the clash of forces during the American empire in the Philippines. Its burning passages on race, class, and colonialism still resonate today. Translated by "one of Asia's best writers", it is hoped that this modern rendering will inspire new readers to shape their lives so they "can help change the world".[4]