Just About Jose Rizal

Jules CastilloStarred Page By Jules Castillo, 30th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/40erxa8j/
Posted in Wikinut>Celebrities>Personalities

This article is just about Jose Rizal.......and maybe about my hair too.

Jose Rizal

On June 19, 2011, the Philippines commemorated the 150th birth anniversary of Dr, Jose Rizal, our foremost national hero. Since he died at the age of 35, that would mean that we just celebrated his 115th death anniversary on December 30, 2011.

Rizal was born in Calamba Laguna as the seventh of eleven children of Francisco Mercado and Teodora Alonzo.

He had various expertise which include ophthalmology, sculpture, painting, journalism, poetry, creative writing, martial arts, fencing, shooting and many others. His most famous works are his two novels "Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo." Manuscript of the unfinished sequel "Makamisa" was found by Ambeth Ocampo in 1987.

The Women of His Life

His diaries helped document his life and they included the women he fell in love with.

Segunda Katigbak - first love (Filipino)
Leonor Valenzuela - whom he sent love notes in invisible ink that can only be read over the warmth of a lamp(Filipino)
Leonor Rivera - his sweetheart for 11 years although others say 8 (Filipino)
Consuelo Ortiga - prettiest daughter of Don Pablo Ortiga y Rey, who was once Alcalde of Manila (Spanish)
O-Sei San - a Japanese samurai’s daughter
Gertrude Beckette - blue-eyed British girl
Nelly Boustead - French
Suzanne Jacoby - Belgian
Josephine Bracken - petite Irish girl whom he took as wife even without Church blessing. She gave birth to a premature baby which did not survive.

Is He an American-Sponsored National Hero?

Some have been claiming that second class heroes like Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini and many others deserved to be the national hero better than Rizal. They said that Rizal was an American-sponsored national hero who just met the basic requirements for being a national hero during the American occupation which according to answers.com are:

1. He must be a Filipino.
2. He is already dead.
3. He displayed unconditional love for his country.
4. He has low temper.
5. He had died dramatically.

Others accused him of being a traitor by denying membership of the Katipunan (revolution). Despite those claims, still Filipinos accepted him as the national hero and it was even Emilio Aguinaldo who declared December 30 to be a national day of mourning. And that was before the American invasion of the Philippines. Rizal did not lead any revolution but rather inspired the Filipinos by his writings and thoughts. "A pen is mightier than a sword" is a known quotation of Rizal.

Controversies

Other controversies include judgment that he was a rebel to the Catholic church, criticisms on the women of his life, and the recent documentary by Howie Severino about Rizal's intriguing smile that was captured in a picture kept by the Pardo de Tavera family and "was taken shortly before the murder of his best friend in Paris" and being regarded as "little bad boy" who survived occasional indebtedness and hunger abroad(GMA Network news).

His Image

All municipalities in the Philippines have a so-called Rizal Park with the hero's monument. The famous one is the Luneta Park located in the heart of Manila City (other considers this place "Kilometer Zero"). Rizal's image can also be found in the flip side of Philippine one-peso coin.

Other Information

As part of curriculum in the Philippine education system, study of Rizal is part of the history subject called "HEKASI" (previously known as "Sibika at Kultura"). His works are part of Literature subjects in English and Filipino. In secondary education (4 years), "Noli Me Tangere" and "El Felibusterismo" are subjects in 3rd year and 4th year respectively. In tertiary school,there is a course called History 102: Life and Works of Rizal to which Philippine History is a prerequisite. Two known tribute films called "Jose Rizal" (winner of 1998 Metro Manila Film Festival) starring Cesar Montano and "Rizal sa Dapitan" featuring Albert Martinez were produced.

His Death - December 30, 1896

Rizal did a lot of things that day like doing ordinary routine despite knowledge of his coming execution. At that time, his pulse rate was normal.Rizal's execution was through a firing squad. His death is a notable one with his last word "consummatum est" ("It is finished") and his body that fell down backwards and lied on the ground facing the sun.

He died at 7:03am that day. At the same hour on December 30, 2011, I decided to write an article about him.



P.S. This is just about Jose Rizal.....and maybe about me. I just had the hairstyle like his when I was a younger.


Credits

Photos
-150th Birth Anniversary - Government of the Philippines
-Philippine Peso - philippinemoney.blogspot.com
-Rizal park - wikipedia
-Old picture of execution - wikipedia
-movie scenes - (a)cesar montano - filmfestivals.com
(b)albert martinez - clcikthecity.com
-photos of Beckett, boustead, san, jacoby and bracken - myrizal150.com
-ortiga and valenzuela - inquirer.net
-rivera - camiling.net
-katigbak - otakujade.wordpress.com
-Mahiwagang Ngiti - Pardo de Tavera family thru GMAnetwork.com

-Some Information on section 3 were from an essay by Ambeth Ocampo thru joserizal.info
-few biographical information are from wikipedia
-criteria for a national hero - answers.com

moderator Mark Gordon Brown moderated this page.
If you have any complaints about this content, please let us know

Comments

author avatar avery sandiego
31st Dec 2011 (#)

wow, amazing...everything about Rizal is here...

Reply to this comment

author avatar avery sandiego
31st Dec 2011 (#)

Oh...I just learned that today about that smile of Rizal...I knew other heroes have controversies also...Rizal could not be as good boy as he seemed to be

Reply to this comment

author avatar Jules Castillo
1st Jan 2012 (#)

right. He didn't have to be perfect to be a hero. besides, he didn't know that he would be one

Reply to this comment

author avatar Buzz
31st Dec 2011 (#)

Brilliant, Jules!

Great profile of our national hero...and a playboy at that..lol

Congrats on the STAR!

Reply to this comment

author avatar Jules Castillo
1st Jan 2012 (#)

thanks Kabs...

kamukha ko yun dati si Rizal ng bata pako...

kasing playboy din kaya???..hahahaha

Reply to this comment

author avatar Mikey.
31st Dec 2011 (#)

Excellent job well done.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Jules Castillo
1st Jan 2012 (#)

thanks sir Mikey!

who's Ireland's National Hero?

Reply to this comment

author avatar Jerry Walch
31st Dec 2011 (#)

Averygirl72 comment said it all. Anything that I would add would be superfluous, but, then, I'm feeling supernumerary this morning :-)) This really was amazing work, to be able to write such a complete history using so few words.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Jules Castillo
1st Jan 2012 (#)

thanks sir jerry. i love the comment!

Reply to this comment

author avatar Denise O
31st Dec 2011 (#)

Great presentation. Great information on Jose Rizal. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

Reply to this comment

author avatar Jules Castillo
1st Jan 2012 (#)

thanks and you're welcome ms denise!

Reply to this comment

author avatar KASONGA SOLOMON
31st Dec 2011 (#)

Nice work. I hope to become a good writer just like you.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Jules Castillo
1st Jan 2012 (#)

thanks kasonga! welcome to Wikinut. have a good time. i also am a newbie

Reply to this comment

author avatar Jerry Walch
31st Dec 2011 (#)

@Kasonga Solomon One becomes a great writer by writing and only by writing. If you want to become a good writer you need to write something every day so make writing every day one of your New Year Resolutions. It doesn't matter what you write as long as you write.

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Reply to this comment

author avatar Jules Castillo
1st Jan 2012 (#)

very inspiring sir Jerry!

Reply to this comment

author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Dec 2011 (#)

I have heard of Jose Rizal. He has achieved much in every way! And so many loves within such a short life along with other sterling achievements! Quite a controversial life too! siva

Reply to this comment

author avatar Jules Castillo
1st Jan 2012 (#)

that's right sir. thanks for dropping by. happy new year

Reply to this comment

author avatar princess
1st Jan 2012 (#)

Well said Jerry! Kabs, congrats on the star page. Brilliant work!

Reply to this comment

author avatar Jules Castillo
1st Jan 2012 (#)

kumusta new year natin KAbs...

salamat for reading, commenting and support!

Reply to this comment

author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
1st Jan 2012 (#)

cowboynextdoor: You certainly did a great job of summing up Jose Rizal's life. He certainly lived life to the full. Thanks.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Jules Castillo
1st Jan 2012 (#)

thanks ma'am ivyevelyn! you're right with that idea of Rizal... there will be no another him...

Reply to this comment

author avatar Delicia Powers
3rd Jan 2012 (#)

amazing history...

Reply to this comment

author avatar XX=MAD_MAX=XX
5th Jan 2012 (#)

nice work sir. ^_^ history is so rich, yet the youngsters of today focus on games rather than real life. i wish others will notice the beauty of our world. ^_^

Reply to this comment

Add a comment
Username
Can't login?
Password