Happy Birthday Dr. Jose Rizal

Posted: June 20, 2011 in mission

Yesterday was the 150th birthday of the Philippines’ National Hero – Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda.  He was born June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Laguna.  Rizal was instrumental in ousting the Spaniards from the Philippines.  He is a polyglot – conversant in more than 22 languages.  Also, he is a jack of all trades – architect, artists, businessman, cartoonist, educator, economist, ethnologist, scientific farmer, historian, inventor, journalist, linguist, musician, mythologist, nationalist, naturalist, novelist, ophthalmic surgeon, poet, propagandist, psychologist, scientist, sculptor, sociologist, and theologian (www.joserizal.ph)

Rizal was shot at the Bagumbayan on December 30, 1896 by a firing squad of the Spanish army.

I have recently been to the Rizal Shrine at the Fort Santiago and saw first hand Rizal’s works.  His instruments as an ophthalmologist were displayed and it just gave me a sense of pride to be of the same profession as our national hero.

His writings were also displayed – Noli Me Tangere, El Filibusterismo and Mi Ultimo Adios.

It’s amazing and inspiring to see Rizal’s work.  I hope Filipinos still remember his sacrifice and take into heart what it all means.

“One only dies once, and if one does not die well, a good opportunity is lost and will not present itself again.” -Jose Rizal

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