Noli Me Tangere is also a famous novel by Philippine national hero Jose Rizal. This novel begins with Crisostomo Ibarra coming home to Manila from Spain. The book offers an accurate reflection of the abuses of Spanish friars and officials at the time, and the excesses of the rich Filipinos. It is also a tragic love story between Maria Clara and Ibarra.

This novel, once banned by the Catholic Church, and it's sequel El Filibusterismo are one of the things that inspired the revolutionary Andres Bonifacio to rise up in arms against the Spanish colonial masters, and begin the Philippine Revolution.