One of Dr. Jose Rizal’s most famous works is his masterpiece Noli Me Tangere, which tells the tale of Juan Crisostomo Ibarra, who exposes the social cancers that mirror the injustices in Philippine society during the reign of the Spaniards.
Beyond its riveting story, the novel also played a vital role in the revolution, stoking the fires of nationalism in the heart of every Filipino through the profound life lessons found in every chapter. Perhaps we can all agree that these lessons still hold true today. But another thing we can also agree on is the fact that Noli Me Tangere is in dire need of a facelift.
This was exactly what a 28-year-old De La Salle student from the College of Saint Benilde did. Ran Carmona, who also works on the side as a freelance graphic artist, has come up with a refreshing take on Rizal’s characters.
According to Ran, it all started with a school project under his Animations course that required the class to get creative with Rizal's works. “I thought that maybe I should redesign the Noli Me Tangere characters and illustrate them as if it was made in this era and to be honest, I've been thinking of doing that for quite some time already. And now I did it and I’m happy that I was able to pull it off. I never thought it would gain that much attention though.”
Ran said he completed his anime-inspired work because of his desire to make the youth more familiar with Philippine history. “I want others, especially the millennials, to be more interested in our history and see how rich it is. And being part of a generation who grew up watching anime series, I thought that it would be a good way to get their attention.”
Due to the positive reception, he is also seriously considering creating a full novel based on Noli Me Tangere. “I've also started talking to some independent Pinoy writers already about it. I’m also considering a Kickstarter to fund this project. And plus, we really need some new source materials for something of this historical value because they do really need some updating.”
Here’s his simple message to his fellow artists: “Maybe it’s time we start making artworks inspired by our own culture or something out of our own history. Let's make our motherland and the heroes that fought for it proud.”
You can check out Ran’s other works by clicking this link.