Yesterday(December 30) is the Philippines’ national holiday called “Rizal day”. It commemorates the heroic act of Jose Rizal(June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896) who died for the sake of the Filipino people who were abused by the spanish invaders during the spanish colonization period in the Philippines.
Rizal’s full name is “José Protacio Mercado Rizal Alonso y Realonda” born in calamba, laguna in the Philippines. He was known for his peaceful method of revolting against the spanish invaders by writing and other non-violent ways such as founding organizations like the La Liga Filipina.
For me, he is the greatest Filipino that the Philippines has ever produced. In terms of knowledge and expertise, Rizal is proven to excel in many fields like literature, science, medicine, and he even knows some combat skills. He was a doctor, scientist, novelist, philosopher, essayist and a poet.
Facts about Rizal
-Rizal had many love interest from many different countries. His first love interest is his cousin Leonor Rivera and the last is Josephine Bracken whom he had a son but died after being born.
-Rizal did not wanted the Philippines to be independent from the spanish but to make the Philippines a province of spain granting equal rights therefore removing the discrimination and abuse of the native filipinos and to give each race freedom of speech.