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PostSubject: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:36 am

Filipino writer Jose Rizal could read and write at age 2, and grew up to speak more than 20 languages, including Latin, Greek, German, French and Chinese. What were his last words? "Consummatum est!" ("It is done!")

The altar at the Holy Ros...ary Cathedral in Dipolog City was designed by Dr. Jose Rizal. The Cathedral was erected by the Spanish friars sometime in 1895, before Dipolog City became a municipality.

The Rizal Shrine in Dapitan City is the original estate of Dr. Jose Rizal which he acquired by purchase during his exile in Dapitan from 1892 to 1896.

The national hero personally created the 900-square-meter Relief Map of Mindanao displayed in Dapitan City which he used as a device to teach history and geography to townsfolk.

Aside from being a novelist and hero, Rizal was also a poet, linguist, and medical doctor.

The only member of the propaganda movement who did not regularly visit brothels, he was reputedly a playboy, and had a long string of girlfriends.

He also was short, had a big head, and did not often take baths (because he could not afford it).

There is a Rizalista cult in the Philippines who believe that Rizal is the second coming of Christ. They are now awaiting his third coming.

Jose Rizal's "doctor" title does not refer to a doctorate as most people tend to think. For some reason, he was not able to take the examination that would have qualified him for a doctorate. Rizal did have a licentiate in medicine and so was allowed to practice in the profession.

In Seattle Washington, located on 12th Avenue on Beacon Hill, a site of Dr. Jose Rizal Park is a
favorite gathering and picnic spot for members of the Filipino community.
Mayor Charles Royer (b. 1939) and Philippine Consul General Ernesto A. Querubin dedicated the park and the bridge named for the Philippine national hero on June 7, 1981.

The 8.4-acre park has a commanding view of the Seattle waterfront and Puget Sound.

Rizal Park was inaugurated in the City of Ballarat, State of Victoria, on Sunday, 12 December 1999. Located in the suburb of Invermay, Ballarat, the facility is the first Park in Australia named after Dr. Jose Rizal.


* His signature book Noli was one of the first novels in Asia written outside Japan and China and was one of the first novels of anti-colonial rebellion.

* Bonifacio was a member of La Liga Filipina. After Rizal’s arrest and exile, it was disbanded and the group splintered into two; the more radical group formed into the Katipunan, the militant arm of the insurrection.

* He is called by Benedict Anderson as one of the best exemplars of nationalist thinking.

* At age 8 (in 1869) he wrote his first poem Sa aking mga Kabata and had for its theme the love of one’s native language.

* Interestingly, Rizal himself translated Schiller’s William Tell into Tagalog.

* Rizal’s annotations of Morga’s Sucesos de las islas Filipinas (1609), which he copied word for word from the British Museum and had published, called attention to an antiquated book, a testimony to the well-advanced civilization of the Filipinos in pre-Spanish era.

* In 1913, a bronze statue of Dr. Jose Rizal was erected in Luneta and thus, Luneta became the Rizal Park.

* Languages speak, write and understand some of the world’s and Asia’s major languages - Tagalog, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, Portuguese, French, Italian, English, Dutch Japanese, Arabic, Swedish, Russian, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Sanskrit, Malay, Chavacano, Cebuano, Ilocano, and Subanun.

* Rizal’s poem Mi Ultimo Adios, has had at least 35 English translations known and published (in print) of this poem as of December 2005. The most popular is that of American Charles Derbyshire (dated 1911) and is inscribed on bronze. Also on bronze at the Rizal Park in Manila but less popular is the translation by Filipino National Artist and much-admired novelist and journalist Nick Joaquin (1944). The latest translation is in Czech made by a Czech diplomat, and addressed at the session of the senate.

* The poem could be the most translated patriotic swan song in the world. Aside from those English and 46 Filipino languages, this poem has been translated into at least 37 foreign languages: Indonesian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Chinese, Danish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Korean, Latin, Maori, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Sanskrit, Sinhalese (Sri Lanka), Somali, Tahitian, Thai, Tongan, Turkish, Urdu (Pakistan), Vietnamese, Wolof (Senegal), Yoruba (Nigeria).

* When he was an exile in Dapitan, he collected different kinds of species of animals. Among them were the Draco Rizali (Wandolleck), a specie of flying dragon, Rachophorous Rizali (Boetger), a hitherto unknown specie of toad and Apogonia Rizali (Heller), a small beetle, which were later named after him.

* During his lifetime, Rizal has different occupation and mastery in different fields - he was a doctor, a scientist, a teacher, a novelist, a poet, a journalist, a reformer, a politician, a farmer, a painter, a sculptor, a historian, a propagandist, a mason, a cartographer, a businessman, conchologist, an architect, an artist, an economist, an inventor, a linguist, an ophthalmologist, a philosopher, a nationalist, and a sociologist.

His height is 4'11".

Here's an interesting trivia. Did you know that Jose Rizal attended the two schools that would compete in the 2006 UAAP Men's Basketball Finals? Just in case you didn't know what happened then, I'm talking about the University of Santo Tomas and the Ateneo De Manila University.
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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:37 am

Did You Know...
Did you know that three of the animal species we know today were actually named after Rizal?

When he was an exile in Dapitan, he collected different kinds of species of animals. Among them were the Draco Rizali (Wandolleck), ...a specie of flying dragon, Rachophorous Rizali (Boetger), a hitherto unknown specie of toad and Apogonia Rizali (Heller), a small beetle, which were later named after him.

Did You Know...

Did you know that the famous Rizal monument in Luneta was not the work of a Filipino but a Swiss sculptor named Richard Kissling?

Did you know that it was Gen. Aguinaldo, who first recognized Rizal as the National Hero, and not the 2nd Philippine Commission Headed by Civil Gov. Taft?

(Decree of December 20,1898)

In recognition of the aspirations of the Filipino nation and in proclaiming its noble and patriotic sentiments, I hereby decree.

Article 1. In memory of the Filipino patriots, Dr. Jose Rizal and the other victims of the past Spanish domination, I declare the 30th of December as a national day of mourning.

Article 2. On account of this, all national flags shall be hoisted at half-mast from 12:00 noon on December 29, as a sign of mourning.

Article 3. All offices of the Revolutionary Government shall be closed during the whole day of December 30.

Given in Malolos, December 20,1898

The truth it was General Aguinaldo, and not the second Philippines Commission headed by Civil Governor Taft, who first recognized Dr. Jose Rizal as "national day of mourning" in memory of Rizal and other victims of Spanish tyranny. Full text of these decree in two languages, Tagalog and Spanish, appeared in the government organ, El Heraldo dela Revolution on December 25,1898.

It is interesting to recall that the first celebration of Rizal Day in the Philippines was held in Manila on December 30,1898, under the sponsorship of the Club Filipino. This was In pursuance of General Aguinaldo’s Decree of December 20,1898. On the same date (December 30, 1898), the patriotic town of Daet in Camarines Norte, likewise celebrated Rizal Day, the festivities being climaxed by the unveiling of the Rizal monument, which was constructed at the expense of the townfolks. This was the first monument ever created in the Philippines-and still exists today.

* How old was Rizal when he died?
o 35 years, 6 months and 11 days old

* What is the first novel of Rizal
o Noli Me Tangere

* What is the title of Rizal's unfinished novel in Tagalog?
o Nakamisa

* Where and when did he finish his Bachelor of Arts degree?
o Areneo Municipal (now Ateneo de Manila) on March 23, 1872

* When and where did Rizal start formal schooling?
o In Biñan on 1869

* What was Rizal's first poem?
o "Sa aking mga kababata"

* What was Rizal’s first winning literary piece on the competition sponsored by the Artistic-Literary Lyceum?
o A La Juventud Filipina

* When and where did Rizal finish his medical course?
o Central University of Manila, on June 21, 1884, he was awarded the degree of Licentiate in Medicine.

* Who was the youngest sister of Rizal?
o Soledad

* Who was the oldest sister of Rizal?
o Saturnina

* Where did Rizal obtain his early schooling?
o Jose Rizal obtained his early schooling at a private school in Biñan, because Biñan at that time was famous for its private school. Rizal studied under Maestro Justiniano Aquino Cruz – a well-known teacher of young boys. Rizal was nine (9) years old when his parents sent to him to study in Biñan.

* Why did Rizal leave Japan when he was happy in that beautiful country and was in loved with a pretty Japanese girl?
o There is no doubt that Rizal and O-sei-san were deeply in love. If Rizal were a man without patriotism and without self-control, he would have stayed permanently in Japan. He could have married beautiful O-sei-san and lived happily with her. He could have a good life in Japan, for the Spanish legation offered him a job with a high salary. But he was dedicated to a noble mission - the welfare and freedom of his oppressed people. And nothing, even the love of the pretty girl and a good job could make him forgets his mission in life.

* Who became Rizal’s wife? How did they meet?
o Rizal has his last romance in Dapitan. He falls in love with a pretty Irish girl from Hongkong name Josephine Bracken. This girl accompanied her blind foster father, George Taufer, to treated by Jose Rizal. Rizal fails to cure Taufer’s blindness, but he won the love of Josephine. Josephine proved to be worthy of Rizal. Together they lived as man and wife in Dapitan. Josephine made Rizal happy. Unfortunately, there only child-a-boy- died three hours after his birth.

* To Jose Rizal, what is the most important contribution of every Filipino to his country’s progress?
o The main thing is that every Filipino must be a good man, a good citizen so that he can help his country to progress by contributing his heart, and if need, be his arm. (With the head and heart, we ought to work always; with the arm when the time comes when physical strength is needed. The principal tool of the heart and the head is the pen. Other prefer the brush; others the chisel. On my part, I prefer the pen.)

* Why did Leonor Rivera break her engagement with Rizal? Who did she marry?
o Another sorrow of Rizal in Madrid was the break-up of his engagement with Leonor Rivera. One cold day in December 1890 he received a letter from Leonor announcing her marriage with Henry Kipping, a British Engineer in the Manila, Dagupan Railway. This sorrowful news broke his heart.

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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:37 am

Jose Rizal: A Biographical Sketch

JOSE RIZAL, the national hero of the Philippines and pride of the Malayan race, was born on June 19, 1861, in the town of Calamba, Laguna. He was the seventh child in a family of 11 children (2 boys and 9 girls). Both his parents were educated and belonged to distinguished families.

His father, Francisco Mercado Rizal, an industrious farmer whom Rizal called "a model of fathers," came from Biñan, Laguna; while his mother, Teodora Alonzo y Quintos, a highly cultured and accomplished woman whom Rizal called "loving and prudent mother," was born in Meisic, Sta. Cruz, Manila. At the age of 3, he learned the alphabet from his mother; at 5, while learning to read and write, he already showed inclinations to be an artist. He astounded his family and relatives by his pencil drawings and sketches and by his moldings of clay. At the age 8, he wrote a Tagalog poem, "Sa Aking Mga Kabata," the theme of which revolves on the love of one’s language. In 1877, at the age of 16, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree with an average of "excellent" from the Ateneo Municipal de Manila. In the same year, he enrolled in Philosophy and Letters at the University of Santo Tomas, while at the same time took courses leading to the degree of surveyor and expert assessor at the Ateneo. He finished the latter course on March 21, 1877 and passed the Surveyor’s examination on May 21, 1878; but because of his age, 17, he was not granted license to practice the profession until December 30, 1881. In 1878, he enrolled in medicine at the University of Santo Tomas but had to stop in his studies when he felt that the Filipino students were being discriminated upon by their Dominican tutors. On May 3, 1882, he sailed for Spain where he continued his studies at the Universidad Central de Madrid. On June 21, 1884, at the age of 23, he was conferred the degree of Licentiate in Medicine and on June 19,1885, at the age of 24, he finished his course in Philosophy and Letters with a grade of "excellent."

Having traveled extensively in Europe, America and Asia, he mastered 22 languages. These include Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Malayan, Portuguese, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Tagalog, and other native dialects. A versatile genius, he was an architect, artists, businessman, cartoonist, educator, economist, ethnologist, scientific farmer, historian, inventor, journalist, linguist, musician, mythologist, nationalist, naturalist, novelist, opthalmic surgeon, poet, propagandist, psychologist, scientist, sculptor, sociologist, and theologian.

He was an expert swordsman and a good shot. In the hope of securing political and social reforms for his country and at the same time educate his countrymen, Rizal, the greatest apostle of Filipino nationalism, published, while in Europe, several works with highly nationalistic and revolutionary tendencies. In March 1887, his daring book, NOLI ME TANGERE, a satirical novel exposing the arrogance and despotism of the Spanish clergy, was published in Berlin; in 1890 he reprinted in Paris, Morga’s SUCCESSOS DE LAS ISLAS FILIPINAS with his annotations to prove that the Filipinos had a civilization worthy to be proud of even long before the Spaniards set foot on Philippine soil; on September 18, 1891, EL FILIBUSTERISMO, his second novel and a sequel to the NOLI and more revolutionary and tragic than the latter, was printed in Ghent. Because of his fearless exposures of the injustices committed by the civil and clerical officials, Rizal provoked the animosity of those in power. This led himself, his relatives and countrymen into trouble with the Spanish officials of the country. As a consequence, he and those who had contacts with him, were shadowed; the authorities were not only finding faults but even fabricating charges to pin him down. Thus, he was imprisoned in Fort Santiago from July 6, 1892 to July 15, 1892 on a charge that anti-friar pamphlets were found in the luggage of his sister Lucia who arrive with him from Hong Kong. While a political exile in Dapitan, he engaged in agriculture, fishing and business; he maintained and operated a hospital; he conducted classes- taught his pupils the English and Spanish languages, the arts.

The sciences, vocational courses including agriculture, surveying, sculpturing, and painting, as well as the art of self defense; he did some researches and collected specimens; he entered into correspondence with renowned men of letters and sciences abroad; and with the help of his pupils, he constructed water dam and a relief map of Mindanao - both considered remarkable engineering feats. His sincerity and friendliness won for him the trust and confidence of even those assigned to guard him; his good manners and warm personality were found irresistible by women of all races with whom he had personal contacts; his intelligence and humility gained for him the respect and admiration of prominent men of other nations; while his undaunted courage and determination to uplift the welfare of his people were feared by his enemies.

When the Philippine Revolution started on August 26, 1896, his enemies lost no time in pressing him down. They were able to enlist witnesses that linked him with the revolt and these were never allowed to be confronted by him. Thus, from November 3, 1986, to the date of his execution, he was again committed to Fort Santiago. In his prison cell, he wrote an untitled poem, now known as "Ultimo Adios" which is considered a masterpiece and a living document expressing not only the hero’s great love of country but also that of all Filipinos. After a mock trial, he was convicted of rebellion, sedition and of forming illegal association. In the cold morning of December 30, 1896, Rizal, a man whose 35 years of life had been packed with varied activities which proved that the Filipino has capacity to equal if not excel even those who treat him as a slave, was shot at Bagumbayan Field.
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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:38 am

The Mercado - Rizal Family

The Rizals is considered one of the biggest families during their time. Domingo Lam-co, the family's paternal ascendant was a full-blooded Chinese who came to the Philippines from Amoy, China in the closing years of the 17th century and married a Chinese half-breed by the name of Ines de la Rosa.

Researchers revealed that the Mercado-Rizal family had also traces of Japanese, Spanish, Malay and Even Negrito blood aside from Chinese.

Jose Rizal came from a 13-member family consisting of his parents, Francisco Mercado II and Teodora Alonso Realonda, and nine sisters and one brother.

Father of Jose Rizal who was the youngest of 13 offsprings of Juan and Cirila Mercado. Born in Biñan, Laguna on April 18, 1818; studied in San Jose College, Manila; and died in Manila.

TEODORA ALONSO (1827-1913)
Mother of Jose Rizal who was the second child of Lorenzo Alonso and Brijida de Quintos. She studied at the Colegio de Santa Rosa. She was a business-minded woman, courteous, religious, hard-working and well-read. She was born in Santa Cruz, Manila on November 14, 1827 and died in 1913 in Manila.

Eldest child of the Rizal-Alonzo marriage. Married Manuel Timoteo Hidalgo of Tanauan, Batangas.

PACIANO RIZAL (1851-1930)
Only brother of Jose Rizal and the second child. Studied at San Jose College in Manila; became a farmer and later a general of the Philippine Revolution.

NARCISA RIZAL (1852-1939)
The third child. married Antonio Lopez at Morong, Rizal; a teacher and musician.

OLYMPIA RIZAL (1855-1887)
The fourth child. Married Silvestre Ubaldo; died in 1887 from childbirth.

LUCIA RIZAL (1857-1919)
The fifth child. Married Matriano Herbosa.

MARIA RIZAL (1859-1945)
The sixth child. Married Daniel Faustino Cruz of Biñan, Laguna.

JOSE RIZAL (1861-1896)
The second son and the seventh child. He was executed by the Spaniards on December 30,1896.

The eight child. Died at the age of three.

JOSEFA RIZAL (1865-1945)
The ninth child. An epileptic, died a spinster.

TRINIDAD RIZAL (1868-1951)
The tenth child. Died a spinster and the last of the family to die.

SOLEDAD RIZAL (1870-1929)
The youngest child married Pantaleon Quintero.
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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:39 am

In Calamba, Laguna
19 June 1861
JOSE RIZAL, the seventh child of Francisco Mercado Rizal and Teodora Alonso y Quintos, was born in Calamba, Laguna.

22 June 1861
He was baptized JOSE RIZAL MERCADO at the Catholic of Calamba by the parish priest Rev. Rufino Collantes with Rev. Pedro Casañas as the sponsor.

28 September 1862
The parochial church of Calamba and the canonical books, including the book in which Rizal’s baptismal records were entered, were burned.

Barely three years old, Rizal learned the alphabet from his mother.

When he was four years old, his sister Conception, the eight child in the Rizal family, died at the age of three. It was on this occasion that Rizal remembered having shed real tears for the first time.

1865 – 1867
During this time his mother taught him how to read and write. His father hired a classmate by the name of Leon Monroy who, for five months until his (Monroy) death, taught Rizal the rudiments of Latin.

At about this time two of his mother’s cousin frequented Calamba. Uncle Manuel Alberto, seeing Rizal frail in body, concerned himself with the physical development of his young nephew and taught the latter love for the open air and developed in him a great admiration for the beauty of nature, while Uncle Gregorio, a scholar, instilled into the mind of the boy love for education. He advised Rizal: "Work hard and perform every task very carefully; learn to be swift as well as thorough; be independent in thinking and make visual pictures of everything."

6 June 1868
With his father, Rizal made a pilgrimage to Antipolo to fulfill the vow made by his mother to take the child to the Shrine of the Virgin of Antipolo should she and her child survive the ordeal of delivery which nearly caused his mother’s life.

From there they proceeded to Manila and visited his sister Saturnina who was at the time studying in the La Concordia College in Sta. Ana.

At the age of eight, Rizal wrote his first poem entitled "Sa Aking Mga Kabata." The poem was written in tagalog and had for its theme "Love of One’s Language."

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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:40 am

Early Education in Calamba and Biñan

Rizal had his early education in Calamba and Biñan. It was a typical schooling that a son of an ilustrado family received during his time, characterized by the four R’s- reading, writing, arithmetic, and religion. Instruction was rigid and strict. Knowledge was forced into the minds of the pupils by means of the tedious memory method aided by the teacher’s whip. Despite the defects of the Spanish system of elementary education, Rizal was able to acquire the necessary instruction preparatory for college work in Manila. It may be said that Rizal, who was born a physical weakling, rose to become an intellectual giant not because of, but rather in spite of, the outmoded and backward system of instruction obtaining in the Philippines during the last decades of Spanish regime.

The Hero’s First Teacher

The first teacher of Rizal was his mother, who was a remarkable woman of good character and fine culture. On her lap, he learned at the age of three the alphabet and the prayers. "My mother," wrote Rizal in his student memoirs, "taught me how to read and to say haltingly the humble prayers which I raised fervently to God."

As tutor, Doña Teodora was patient, conscientious, and understanding. It was she who first discovered that her son had a talent for poetry. Accordingly, she encouraged him to write poems. To lighten the monotony of memorizing the ABC’s and to stimulate her son’s imagination, she related many stories.

As Jose grew older, his parents employed private tutors to give him lessons at home. The first was Maestro Celestino and the second, Maestro Lucas Padua. Later, an old man named Leon Monroy, a former classmate of Rizal’s father, became the boy’s tutor. This old teacher lived at the Rizal home and instructed Jose in Spanish and Latin. Unfortunately, he did not lived long. He died five months later.

After a Monroy’s death, the hero’s parents decided to send their gifted son to a private school in Biñan.

Jose Goes to Biñan

One Sunday afternoon in June , 1869, Jose, after kissing the hands of his parents and a tearful parting from his sister, left Calamba for Biñan. He was accompanied by Paciano , who acted as his second father. The two brothers rode in a carromata, reaching their destination after one and one-half hours’ drive. They proceeded to their aunt’s house, where Jose was to lodge. It was almost night when they arrived, and the moon was about to rise.

That same night, Jose, with his cousin named Leandro, went sightseeing in the town. Instead of enjoying the sights, Jose became depressed because of homesickness. "In the moonlight," he recounted, "I remembered my home town, my idolized mother, and my solicitous sisters. Ah, how sweet to me was Calamba, my own town, in spite of the fact that was not as wealthy as Biñan."

First Day in Biñan School

The next morning (Monday) Paciano brought his younger brother to the school of Maestro Justiniano Aquino Cruz.

The school was in the house of the teacher, which was a small nipa hut about 30 meters from the home of Jose’s aunt.

Paciano knew the teacher quite well because he had been a pupil under him before. He introduced Jose to the teacher, after which he departed to return to Calamba.

Immediately, Jose was assigned his seat in the class. The teacher asked him:

"Do you know Spanish?"
"A little, sir," replied the Calamba lad.
"Do you know Latin?"
"A little, sir."

The boys in the class, especially Pedro, the teacher’s son laughed at Jose’s answers.

The teacher sharply stopped all noises and begun the lessons of the day.

Jose described his teacher in Biñan as follows: "He was tall, thin, long-necked, with sharp nose and a body slightly bent forward, and he used to wear a sinamay shirt, woven by the skilled hands of the women of Batangas. He knew by the heart the grammars by Nebrija and Gainza. Add to this severity that in my judgement was exaggerated and you have a picture, perhaps vague, that I have made of him, but I remember only this."

First School BrawlIn the afternoon of his first day in school, when the teacher was having his siesta, Jose met the bully, Pedro. He was angry at this bully for making fun of him during his conversation with the teacher in the morning.

Jose challenged Pedro to a fight. The latter readily accepted, thinking that he could easily beat the Calamba boy who was smaller and younger.

The two boys wrestled furiously in the classroom, much to the glee of their classmates. Jose, having learned the art of wrestling from his athletic Tio Manuel, defeated the bigger boy. For this feat, he became popular among his classmates.

After the class in the afternoon, a classmate named Andres Salandanan challenged him to an arm-wrestling match. They went to a sidewalk of a house and wrestled with their arms. Jose, having the weaker arm, lost and nearly cracked his head on the sidewalk.

In succeeding days he had other fights with the boys of Biñan. He was not quarrelsome by nature, but he never ran away from a fight.

Best Student in School

In academic studies, Jose beat all Biñan boys. He surpassed them all in Spanish, Latin, and other subjects.

Some of his older classmates were jealous of his intellectual superiority. They wickedly squealed to the teacher whenever Jose had a fight outside the school, and even told lies to discredit him before the teacher’s eyes. Consequently the teacher had to punish Jose.

Early Schooling in Biñan

Jose had a very vivid imagination and a very keen sense of observation. At the age of seven he traveled with his father for the first time to Manila and thence to Antipolo to fulfill the promise of a pilgrimage made by his mother at the time of his birth. They embarked in a casco, a very ponderous vessel commonly used in the Philippines. It was the first trip on the lake that Jose could recollect. As darkness fell he spent the hours by the katig, admiring the grandeur of the water and the stillness of the night, although he was seized with a superstitious fear when he saw a water snake entwine itself around the bamboo beams of the katig. With what joy did he see the sun at the daybreak as its luminous rays shone upon the glistening surface of the wide lake, producing a brilliant effect! With what joy did he talk to his father, for he had not uttered a word during the night!

When they proceeded to Antipolo, he experienced the sweetest emotions upon seeing the gay banks of the Pasig and the towns of Cainta and Taytay. In Antipolo he prayed, kneeling before the image of the Virgin of Peace and Good Voyage, of whom he would later sing in elegant verses. Then he saw Manila, the great metropolis , with its Chinese sores and European bazaars. And visited his elder sister, Saturnina, in Santa Ana, who was a boarding student in the Concordia College.

When he was nine years old, his father sent him to Biñan to continue studying Latin, because his first teacher had died. His brother Paciano took him to Biñan one Sunday, and Jose bade his parents and sisters good-bye with tears in his eyes. Oh, how it saddened him to leave for the first time and live far from his home and his family! But he felt ashamed to cry and had to conceal his tears and sentiments. "O Shame," he explained, "how many beautiful and pathetic scenes the world would witness without thee!"

They arrived at Biñan in the evening. His brother took him to the house of his aunt where he was to stay, and left him after introducing him to the teacher. At night, in company with his aunt’s grandson named Leandro, Jose took a walk around the town in the light of the moon. To him the town looked extensive and rich but sad and ugly.

His teacher in Biñan was a severe disciplinarian. His name was Justiniano Aquino Cruz. "He was a tall man, lean and long-necked, with a sharp nose and a body slightly bent forward. He used to wear a sinamay shirt woven by the deft hands of Batangas women. He knew by memory the grammars of Nebrija and Gainza. To this add a severity which, in my judgement I have made of him, which is all I remember."

The boy Jose distinguished himself in class, and succeeded in surpassing many of his older classmates. Some of these were so wicked that, even without reason, they accused him before the teacher, for which, in spite of his progress, he received many whippings and strokes from the ferule. Rare was the day when he was not stretched on the bench for a whipping or punished with five or six blows on the open palm. Jose’s reaction to all these punishments was one of intense resentment in order to learn and thus carry out his father’s will.

Jose spent his leisure hours with Justiniano’s father-in-law, a master painter. From him he took his first two sons, two nephews, and a grandson. His way life was methodical and well regulated. He heard mass at four if there was one that early, or studied his lesson at that hour and went to mass afterwards. Returning home, he might look in the orchard for a mambolo fruit to eat, then he took his breakfast, consisting generally of a plate of rice and two dried sardines.

After that he would go to class, from which he was dismissed at ten, then home again. He ate with his aunt and then began at ten, then home again. He ate with his aunt and then began to study. At half past two he returned to class and left at five. He might play for a short time with some cousins before returning home. He studied his lessons, drew for a while, and then prayed and if there was a moon, his friends would invite him to play in the street in company with other boys.

Whenever he remembered his town, he thought with tears in his eyes of his beloved father, his idolized mother, and his solicitous sisters. Ah, how sweet was his town even though not so opulent as Biñan! He grew sad and thoughtful.

While he was studying in Biñan, he returned to his hometown now and then. How long the road seemed to him in going and how short in coming! When from afar he descried the roof of his house, secret joy filled his breast. How he looked for pretexts to remain longer at home! A day more seemed to him a day spent in heaven, and how he wept, though silently and secretly, when he saw the calesa that was flower that him Biñan! Then everything looked sad; a flower that he touched, a stone that attracted his attention he gathered, fearful that he might not see it again upon his return. It was a sad but delicate and quite pain that possessed him.
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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:41 am

Philosophies in Life
PHILOSOPHY may be defined as the study and pursuit of facts which deal with the ultimate reality or causes of things as they affect life.

The philosophy of a country like the Philippines is made up of the intricate and composite interrelationship of the life histories of its people; in other word, the philosophy of our nation would be strange and undefinable if we do not delve into the past tied up with the notable life experiences of the representative personalities of our nation.

Being one of the prominent representatives of Filipino personalities, Jose Rizal is a fit subject whose life philosophy deserves to be recognized.

Having been a victim of Spanish brutality early in his life in Calamba, Rizal had thus already formed the nucleus of an unfavorable opinion of Castillian imperialistic administration of his country and people.

Pitiful social conditions existed in the Philippines as late as three centuries after his conquest in Spain, with agriculture, commerce, communications and education languishing under its most backward state. It was because of this social malady that social evils like inferiority complex, cowardice, timidity and false pride pervaded nationally and contributed to the decay of social life. This stimulated and shaped Rizal’s life phylosophy to be to contain if not eliminate these social ills.

Educational Philosophy

Rizal’s concept of the importance of education is clearly enunciated in his work entitled Instruction wherein he sought improvements in the schools and in the methods of teaching. He maintained that the backwardness of his country during the Spanish ear was not due to the Filipinos’ indifference, apathy or indolence as claimed by the rulers, but to the neglect of the Spanish authorities in the islands. For Rizal, the mission of education is to elevate the country to the highest seat of glory and to develop the people’s mentality. Since education is the foundation of society and a prerequisite for social progress, Rizal claimed that only through education could the country be saved from domination.

Rizal’s philosophy of education, therefore, centers on the provision of proper motivation in order to bolster the great social forces that make education a success, to create in the youth an innate desire to cultivate his intelligence and give him life eternal.

Religious Philosophy

Rizal grew up nurtured by a closely-knit Catholic family, was educated in the foremost Catholic schools of the period in the elementary, secondary and college levels; logically, therefore, he should have been a propagator of strictly Catholic traditions. However, in later life, he developed a life philosophy of a different nature, a philosophy of a different Catholic practice intermingled with the use of Truth and Reason.

Why the change?

It could have been the result of contemporary contact, companionship, observation, research and the possession of an independent spirit.Being a critical observer, a profound thinker and a zealous reformer, Rizal did not agree with the prevailing Christian propagation of the Faith by fire and sword. This is shown in his Annotation of Morga’s Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas.

Rizal did not believe in the Catholic dogma that salvation was only for Catholics and that outside Christianity, salvation was not possible even if Catholics composed only a small minority of the world’s religious groups. Nor did he believe in the Catholic observation of fasting as a sacrifice, nor in the sale of such religious items as the cross, medals, rosaries and the like in order to propagate the Faith and raise church funds. He also lambasted the superstitious beliefs propagated by the priests in the church and in the schools. All of these and a lot more are evidences of Rizal’s religious philosophy.

Political Philosophy

In Rizal’s political view, a conquered country like the Philippines should not be taken advantage of but rather should be developed, civilized, educated and trained in the science of self-government.

He bitterly assailed and criticized in publications the apparent backwardness of the Spanish ruler’s method of governing the country which resulted in:

1. the bondage and slavery of the conquered ;

2. the Spanish government’s requirement of forced labor and force military service upon the n natives;

3. the abuse of power by means of exploitation;

4. the government ruling that any complaint against the authorities was criminal; and

5. Making the people ignorant, destitute and fanatic, thus discouraging the formation of a national sentiment.

Rizal’s guiding political philosophy proved to be the study and application of reforms, the extension of human rights, the training for self government and the arousing of spirit of discontent over oppression, brutality, inhumanity, sensitiveness and self love.

Ethical Philosophy

The study of human behavior as to whether it is good or bad or whether it is right or wrong is that science upon which Rizal’s ethical philosophy was based. The fact that the Philippines was under Spanish domination during Rizal’s time led him to subordinate his philosophy to moral problems. This trend was much more needed at that time because the Spaniards and the Filipinos had different and sometimes conflicting morals. The moral status of the Philippines during this period was one with a lack of freedom, one with predominance of foreign masters, one with an imposition of foreign religious worship, devotion, homage and racial habits. This led to moral confusion among the people, what with justice being stifled, limited or curtailed and the people not enjoying any individual rights.

To bolster his ethical philosophy, Dr. Rizal had recognized not only the forces of good and evil, but also the tendencies towards good and evil. As a result, he made use of the practical method of appealing to the better nature of the conquerors and of offering useful methods of solving the moral problems of the conquered.

To support his ethical philosophy in life, Rizal:

1. censured the friars for abusing the advantage of their position as spiritual leaders and the ignorance and fanaticism of the natives;

2. counseled the Filipinos not to resent a defect attributed to them but to accept same as reasonable and just;

3. advised the masses that the object of marriage was the happiness and love of the couple and not financial gain;

4. censured the priests who preached greed and wrong morality; and

5. advised every one that love and respect for parents must be strictly observed.

Social Philosophy

That body of knowledge relating to society including the wisdom which man's experience in society has taught him is social philosophy. The facts dealt with are principles involved in nation building and not individual social problems. The subject matter of this social philosophy covers the problems of the whole race, with every problem having a distinct solution to bolster the people’s social knowledge.

Rizal’s social philosophy dealt with;

1. man in society;
2. influential factors in human life;
3. racial problems;
4. social constant;
5. social justice;
6. social ideal;
7. poverty and wealth;
8. reforms;
9. youth and greatness;
10. history and progress;
11. future Philippines.

The above dealt with man’s evolution and his environment, explaining for the most part human behavior and capacities like his will to live; his desire to possess happiness; the change of his mentality; the role of virtuous women in the guidance of great men; the need for elevating and inspiring mission; the duties and dictates of man’s conscience; man’s need of practicing gratitude; the necessity for consulting reliable people; his need for experience; his ability to deny; the importance of deliberation; the voluntary offer of man’s abilities and possibilities; the ability to think, aspire and strive to rise; and the proper use of hearth, brain and spirit-all of these combining to enhance the intricacies, beauty and values of human nature. All of the above served as Rizal’s guide in his continuous effort to make over his beloved Philippines.
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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:43 am

The Many-Sided Personality

Filipinos and foreigners alike have paid tribute to Jose Rizal claiming that his place of honor in history is secure. It was his Austrian bosom friend, Professor Ferdinand Blumentritt, rector of the Imperial Atheneum of Leitmeritz, who said "Rizal was the greatest product of the Philippines and his coming to the world was like the appearance of a rare comet, whose rare brilliance appears only every other century." Another German friend, Dr. Adolf B. Meyer, director of the Dresden Museum who admired his all around knowledge and ability, remarked "Rizal’s many-sidedness was stupendous." Our own Dr. Camilo Osias pointed to him as the "versatile genius."

His precocity since early boyhood turned into versatility in later years. Being curious and inquisitive, he developed a rare facility of mastering varied subjects and occupations.

Rizal acted as a character in one of Juan Luna’s paintings and acted in school dramas.

Rizal had farms in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte (1892-1896) where he planted lanzones, coconuts and other fruit-bearing trees.

Ambassador Of Good Will
His friendliness, goodwill and cultural associations with friends entitled him as one.

Animal Lover
As a small boy, Rizal loved animals including birds, fish, insects, and other specimens of animal life. Fowls, rabbits, dogs, horses, and cats constituted his favorites. As much as possible, he did not wish fowls to be killed even for food, and showed displeasure in being asked to eat the cooked animal. The family garden in Calamba abounded with insects galore and birds native to the Calamba environs. He wrote about and sketched animals of the places he had toured.

He made researches on the physical and social make up of man.

Rizal studied monuments and antique currency everywhere he went. He drew most of the monuments he saw.

Rizal always practiced self-discipline wherever he went.

Book lover
He had a big library and brought many books abroad.

Rizal maintained a garden in Dapitan where he planted and experimented on plants of all kinds

He had a partner in Dapitan in the Abaca business there (1892-1896).

He drew maps of Dapitan, The Philippines and other places he visited.

Chess Player
He played chess and bear several Germans and European friends and acquaintances.

Citizen of the world
His extensive travels and multitude of friends in Europe, Middle East and Asia made him one.

Rizal always expresses and published his personal opinion.

He had a good shell collection in Dapitan. An American conchologist praised him.

Rizal taught in his special school in Dapitan.

In his travels, Rizal was able to compare different races and he noted the differences.

Father of community school
He proposed college in Hong Kong and his special school in Dapitan made him a father of community schools.

He fenced with Europeans and Juan Luna and other friends in Europe.

Freemason abroad
He was member of La Solidaridad Lodge in Spain.

Horticulture and farmer
He experimented on and cultivated plants in Dapitan.

His annotation of Antonio de Morga’s Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas entitled him as one.

There are many humorous incidents in the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.

He collected 38 new varieties of fish in Dapitan.

His admiration of Japanese traits and his knowledge of her language proved he was one.

He authored the published many articles in Spanish and English and London.

Laboratory worker
He was employed in the clinic of Dr. L. Wecker in Paris.

He spoke over 20 foreign languages.

Lover of truth
He chided Spanish writers for not writing the truth about the Filipinos. He was always truthful since boyhood.

He played the flute and composed pieces of music and cultivated music appreciation.

Rizal used mythology in his Noli and Fili.

He gave full expression of the native spirit strengthened by world civilization and loved and defended everything Filipino.

He wrote and published articles in many publications and was one of the organizers of the La Solidaridad.

He graduated in an ophthalmologic college in Spain.

Rizal admired the special characteristic and beauties of Oriental countries peoples.

Rizal treasured and popularized the usefulness and preparation of cures for treatment of his patients.

Rizal loved of learning and literature is unequalled.

Rizal not only loved wisdom but also regulated his life and enjoyed calmness of the life at all time

Physical culturist
Rizal maintained a good health by exercising all parts of his body and eating proper foods

He treated several patients afflicted not only with eye diseases.

Plant lover
As a child, Rizal spend most of his time in the family garden which was planted with fruit trees,

Shrubs and decorative trees. His diaries contained detailed description and sketches of plants, flowers and fruits he saw in the places he visited. He wrote poems on flower he like very much as his poems To the Flowers of Heidelberg.

Rizal wrote over 35 poems including his famous Ultimo Adios.

Although Rizal did not engage in Politics, he exposed the evils of the political activities of the Spaniards in the Philippines through his writing.

Rizal spoke and wrote in 20 languages.

In Germany, He worked as a part-time proofreader of his livelihood.

As a reformer, Rizal encourages the recommendation of improving the government entities and discourage abuses publishing articles.

Public relation man
He worked for better cooperation of rulers and subjects in his country.

He published the modern methods of government administration, so changes could be made.

Being a wide reader, he compared the old and new practices in life.

Rizal encouraged reforms, discouraged old, impractical usage, and desired new and useful laws to benefit his countrymen. He desired changes for the better.

Rizal has always practiced the art of persuasive and impressive speaking and writing.

Rural reconstruction worker
He practiced rural reconstruction work in Dapitan in 1894 and succeeded.

Sanitary engineer
His construction of a water system in Dapitan exemplified this practice by Rizal.

Rizal’s practice of many sciences here and abroad made him noted scientist.

His works of his father and of Father Guerrico, S. J. typified his sculptural ability.

Sharp shooter
He could hit a target 20 meters away.

Rizal’s ancestry and his ability to speak Chinese made him one.

In Rizal’s study of Philippines social problems, he always encouraged and introduced solutions.

He always joined fraternities, associations and brotherhood, for self-improvement.

He engaged from a surveying class at the Ateneo after passing his A. B. there.

He was considered the foremost tourist due to his extensive travels.

He traveled around the world three times.

Tuberculosis expert
For having cured himself of this disease, he became and was recognized as an expert.

Youth leader
He considered the youth as "the hope of his Fatherland."

He was fond of pets. He researched later on their physiology, classification and habits.
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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:44 am

Rizal's First Trip Abroad
3 May 1882
Rizal left Philippines for the first time Spain. He boarded the Salvadora using a passport of Jose Mercado, which was procured for him by his uncle Antonio Rivera, father of Leonor Rivera. He was accompanied to the quay where the Salvadora was moored by his uncle Antonio, Vicente Gella, and Mateo Evangelista.

4 May 1882
He got seasick on board the boat.

5 May1882
He conversed with the passengers of the ship; he was still feeling sea-sick.

6 May 1882
He played chess with the passengers on board.

8 May 1882
He saw mountains and Islands.

9 May 1882
Rizal arrived at Singapore.

10 May 1882
He went around the town of Singapore and maid some observations.

11 May 1882
In Singapore, at 2 p.m., Rizal boarded the boat Djemnah to continue his trip to Spain. He found the boat clean and well kept.

12 May 1882
He had a conversation with the passengers of the boat.

13 May 1882
Rizal was seasick again.

14 May 1882
On his way to Marseilles, Rizal had a terrible dream. He dreamed he was traveling with Neneng (Saturnina) and their path was blocked by snakes.

May 15 1882
Rizal had another disheartening dream. He dreamed he returned to Calamba and after meeting his parents who did not talk to him because of not having consulted them about his first trip abroad, he returned traveling abroad with one hundred pesos he again borrowed. He was so sad and broken hearted. Soon he woke up and found himself inside his cabin.

17 May 1882
Rizal arrived at Punta de Gales.

18 May 1882
At 7:30 a.m., he left Punta de Gales for Colombo. In the afternoon, Rizal arrived at Colombo and in the evening the trip was resumed.

26 May 1882
Rizal was nearing the African coast

27 May 1882
He landed at Aden at about 8:30 a.m. He made observation at the time.

2 June 1882
He arrived at the Suez Canal en route to Marseilles.

3 June 1882
He was quarantined on board the Djemnah in the Suez Canal.

6 June 1882
It was the fourth day at Suez Canal and was still quarantined on board of the boat.

7 June 1882
Rizal arrived at Port Said. In a letter to his parents, He described his trip en route to Aden along the Suez Canal.

11 June 1882
Rizal disembarked and, accompanied by a guide, went around the City of Naples for one hour. This was the first European ground he set foot on.

12 June 1882
At ten o’clock in the evening, the boat anchored at Marseilles. He sleptn board.

13 June 1882
Early on the morning he landed at Marseilles and boarded at the Noalles Hotel. Later he around for observation.

14 June 1882
His second in Marseilles.

15 June 1882
He left Marseilles for Barcelona in an express train.
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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:45 am

Rizal, the Romantic
There were at least nine women linked with Rizal; namely Segunda Katigbak, Leonor Valenzuela, Leonor Rivera, Consuelo Ortiga, O-Sei San, Gertrude Beckette, Nelly Boustead, Suzanne Jacoby and Josephine Bracken. These women might have been beguiled by his intelligence, charm and wit.

Segunda Katigbak and Leonor Valenzuela
Segunda Katigbak was her puppy love. Unfortunately, his first love was engaged to be married to a town mate- Manuel Luz. After his admiration for a short girl in the person of Segunda, then came Leonor Valenzuela, a tall girl from Pagsanjan. Rizal send her love notes written in invisible ink, that could only be deciphered over the warmth of the lamp or candle. He visited her on the eve of his departure to Spain and bade her a last goodbye.

Leonor Rivera
Leonor Rivera, his sweetheart for 11 years played the greatest influence in keeping him from falling in love with other women during his travel. Unfortunately, Leonor’s mother disapproved of her daughter’s relationship with Rizal, who was then a known filibustero. She hid from Leonor all letters sent to her sweetheart. Leonor believing that Rizal had already forgotten her, sadly consented her to marry the Englishman Henry Kipping, her mother’s choice.

Consuelo Ortiga
Consuelo Ortiga y Rey, the prettier of Don Pablo Ortiga’s daughters, fell in love with him. He dedicated to her A la Senorita C.O. y R., which became one of his best poems. The Ortiga's residence in Madrid was frequented by Rizal and his compatriots. He probably fell in love with her and Consuelo apparently asked him for romantic verses. He suddenly backed out before the relationship turned into a serious romance, because he wanted to remain loyal to Leonor Rivera and he did not want to destroy hid friendship with Eduardo de Lete who was madly in love with Consuelo.

O Sei San
O Sei San, a Japanese samurai’s daughter taught Rizal the Japanese art of painting known as su-mie. She also helped Rizal improve his knowledge of Japanese language. If Rizal was a man without a patriotic mission, he would have married this lovely and intelligent woman and lived a stable and happy life with her in Japan because Spanish legation there offered him a lucrative job.

Gertrude Beckett
While Rizal was in London annotating the Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas, he boarded in the house of the Beckett family, within walking distance of the British Museum. Gertrude, a blue-eyed and buxom girl was the oldest of the three Beckett daughters. She fell in love with Rizal. Tottie helped him in his painting and sculpture. But Rizal suddenly left London for Paris to avoid Gertrude, who was seriously in love with him. Before leaving London, he was able to finish the group carving of the Beckett sisters. He gave the group carving to Gertrude as a sign of their brief relationship.

Nellie Boustead
Rizal having lost Leonor Rivera, entertained the thought of courting other ladies. While a guest of the Boustead family at their residence in the resort city of Biarritz, he had befriended the two pretty daughters of his host, Eduardo Boustead. Rizal used to fence with the sisters at the studio of Juan Luna. Antonio Luna, Juan’s brother and also a frequent visitor of the Bousteads, courted Nellie but she was deeply infatuated with Rizal. In a party held by Filipinos in Madrid, a drunken Antonio Luna uttered unsavory remarks against Nellie Boustead. This prompted Rizal to challenge Luna into a duel. Fortunately, Luna apologized to Rizal, thus averting tragedy for the compatriots.

Their love affair unfortunately did not end in marriage. It failed because Rizal refused to be converted to the Protestant faith, as Nellie demanded and Nellie’s mother did not like a physician without enough paying clientele to be a son-in-law. The lovers, however, parted as good friends when Rizal left Europe.

Suzanne Jacoby
In 1890, Rizal moved to Brussels because of the high cost of living in Paris. In Brussels, he lived in the boarding house of the two Jacoby sisters. In time, they fell deeply in love with each other. Suzanne cried when Rizal left Brussels and wrote him when he was in Madrid.

Josephine Bracken
In the last days of February 1895, while still in Dapitan, Rizal met an 18-year old petite Irish girl, with bold blue eyes, brown hair and a happy disposition. She was Josephine Bracken, the adopted daughter of George Taufer from Hong Kong, who came to Dapitan to seek Rizal for eye treatment. Rizal was physically attracted to her. His loneliness and boredom must have taken the measure of him and what could be a better diversion that to fall in love again. But the Rizal sisters suspected Josephine as an agent of the friars and they considered her as a threat to Rizal’s security.

Rizal asked Josephine to marry him, but she was not yet ready to make a decision due to her responsibility to the blind Taufer. Since Taufer’s blindness was untreatable, he left for Hon Kong on March 1895. Josephine stayed with Rizal’s family in Manila. Upon her return to Dapitan, Rizal tried to arrange with Father Antonio Obach for their marriage. However, the priest wanted a retraction as a precondition before marrying them. Rizal upon the advice of his family and friends and with Josephine’s consent took her as his wife even without the Church blessings. Josephine later give birth prematurely to a stillborn baby, a result of some incidence, which might have shocked or frightened her.
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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:47 am

Rizal's Paintings
Title: Saturnina Rizal
Material: Oil
Remarks: Now in Rizal Shrine in Fort Santiago

Title: Dapita church curtains
Material: Oil
Remarks: Made in Dapitan, 1894

Title: A painting on a pair of mother-of-pearl
Material: Oil
Remarks: Shells painted by Rizal in Dapitan and given as a gift to Doña Leonor Valenzuela and later passed into the hands of Doña Margarita Valenzuela

Title: Spanish coat of arms
Material: Water color
Remarks: Done during a fiesta of San Rafael in Calamba in 1867

Title: Allegory on a pair of porcelain bases of the new year celebration
Material: Oil
Remarks: Made in Berlin in 1886

Title: Christ crucified
Material: Crayon
Remarks: 1875

Title: Immaculate Conception
Material: Crayon
Remarks: Made in Manila, 1974

Title: Portrait of Morayta
Material: Crayon
Remarks: Made in Barcelona, 1885
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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:51 am

Sketches Made by Rizal

Title: Singapore lighthouse
Material: Ink or pencil
Remarks: Sketch book of Rizal on his first trip on May 1882 or the diary

Title: Along Suez Canal
Material: Ink or pencil
Remarks: Sketch book of Rizal on his first trip on May 1882 or the diary

Title: Castle of St. Elmo
Material: Ink or pencil
Remarks: Sketch book of Rizal on his first trip on May 1882 or the diary

Title: Aden
Material: Ink or pencil
Remarks: Sketch book of Rizal on his first trip on May 1882 or the diary

Title: Fishes caught in Dapitan
Material: Ink
Remarks: Made in Dapitan, 18 in number

Title: Sketch of himself
Remarks: Made in the training class in sketching

Title: Pencil sketch of Dr. Blumentritt
Material: Pencil
Remarks: Made in Leitmeritz, 1886

Title: Monkey and the Turtoise
Material: Ink
Remarks: Made by Rizal in the album of Mrs. Juan Luna in Paris in 1886

Title: Segunda Katigbak
Material: Ink

Title: Brooklyn Bridge
Material: Pencil
Remarks: De Nueva York (illustration) diary. Made in 1886

Title: Sulpakan
Material: Ink
Remarks: Epistolario Rizalino

Title: Father Pablo Pastells
Remarks: Lost

Title: Room in which El Filibusterismo was begun
Material: Crayon
Remarks: Made in October 1887 in Calamba

Title: Two sketches without description
Material: Crayon
Remarks: Madrid diary of January 1884. Academy of San Fernando

Title: A landscape and sketch of a figure
Remarks: Madrid diary of January 1884. Academy of San Fernando

Title: Side sketch of Rizal's nurse

Title: Side sketch of Señor Monroy

Title: Sketch of artist Juancho

Title: Padre Burgos

Title: Mt. Makiling

Title: Sketches of his stay in Japan
Material: Ink
Remarks: Made in 1888

Title: Imitation of Japanese art
Material: Ink
Remarks: Made in 1888

Title: Studies of passengers of SS Djemnah
Material: Pencil
Remarks: Sketchbook of Rizal on his first trip on May 1882

Title: Parting view of Manila
Material: Pencil
Remarks: Sketchbook of Rizal on his first trip on May 1882

Title: Cover of Noli Me Tangere
Material: Ink
Remarks: Now in the original Noli Me Tangere in Bureau of Public Libraries

Title: Rizal family tree
Remarks: Made in

Title: Heads of Sibili Cumana
Material: Ink
Remarks: Made in Dapitan. Included in the Sibila Cumana

Title: Antonio de Morga
Material: Pencil
Remarks: Made in London while annotating "Sucecos"

Title: Sketch of friends in Cafe Madrid
Material: Chalk
Remarks: Lost

Title: Sketches of scenery and Filipino customs
Remarks: Sent to Dr. Czpelack in 1888 from London

Title: Pen sketches of Drs. de Wecker and Becker made by Rizal and inserted in a letter to Dr. Viola
Material: Ink
Remarks: Lost. Made in Madrid in 1886

Title: Sketch of the ascent of Mt. Makiling
Material: Pencil
Remarks: Sent to Dr. Blumentritt

Title: Sketches of diary: De Heidelberg a Leipzig pasando por el Rhin
Material: Pencil
Remarks: Made in Germany, Switzerland and Italy in 1887

Title: Sketches of diary: De Marseille and Hong Kong
Material: Pencil
Remarks: Made on board the Djemnah in 1887

Title: Sketches of "Apuntas de Portificacion de Campaña"
Material: Ink
Remarks: Made in London in 1888

Title: "Limang Salita"
Material: Ink
Remarks: Made in Berlin 1886

Title: Notas Clinicas
Material: Ink
Remarks: Made in Madrid in 1884-1885

Title: Sketch of the plan of their lodging house in 15 Baño, Madrid
Material: Ink
Remarks: Lopez Museum

Title: Sketches of archeological findings in Lumanao hill
Material: Ink
Remarks: Made in Dapitan, 1894-1895

Title: Sketches in "Hundred Letters"
Material: Ink
Remarks: May be seen in "100 Letters of Jose Rizal"

Title: Sketches of diary: De Marseille and Hong Kong
Material: Pencil
Remarks: Made on board the Djemnah in 1887

Title: Leonor Rivera
Material: Crayon
Remarks: Kept in original frame

Title: Sketches of diary: De Marseille and Hong Kong
Material: Pencil
Remarks: Made on board the Djemnah in 1887

Title: Sketch of himself
Material: Ink
Remarks: Sent to Dr. Blumentritt in 1887

Title: Sketch of Fritz Ullmer
Material: Pencil
Remarks: Made in Heidelberg in 1886

Title: Sketches of Spanish characters in Madrid
Material: Ink
Remarks: Made in Madrid in 1883

Title: Cartoons made in Heidelberg
Material: Ink
Remarks: made in Heidelberg in 1886

Title: Sketch of Pastor Ullmer
Material: Pencil
Remarks: made in Heidelberg in 1886

Title: Sketch of Ephigenia
Material: Pencil
Remarks: Made in Heidelberg in 1886

Title: Sketch of a gladiator
Material: Pencil
Remarks: Made in Heidelberg in 1886

Title: Sketch of a boat
Material: Ink
Remarks: Made in Leitmeritz in 1886
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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:54 am

Sculptures Made by Rizal

Title: Triumph of death over life
Material: Clay
Remarks: Given to Dr. Blumentritt in 1890 in Brussels

Title: Triumph of science over death
Material: Clay
Remarks: Given to Dr. Blumentritt in 1890 in Brussels

Title: Bust of Father Jose Guerrico
Material: Clay
Remarks: Made in Dapitan, 1894

Title: Oyang Dapitana
Material: Clay
Remarks: Made in Dapitan in 1893 - 1894

Title: Model head of a Dapitan girl
Material: Clay
Remarks: Made in Dapitan

Title: Sacred heart of Jesus
Material: Wood
Remarks: Made in Ateneo de Manila in 1875 - 1877

Title: Sacred heart of Jesus
Material: Terra Cotta
Remarks: Made in Dapitan, 1894

Title: Composite statuette (nude lady lying down)
Material: Terra Cotta
Remarks: Molded in Brussels in 1890

Title: Mother's revenge
Material: Clay
Remarks: Made in Dapitan in 1894

Title: Josephine Bracken (medallion)
Material: Wood
Remarks: Made in Dapitan in 1895 - 1896

Title: Dr. Francisco Mercado (bust)
Material: Wood
Remarks: Life-size. Made Calamaba in 1887 - 1888

Title: Prometheus bound
Material: Clay
Remarks: Given to Dr. Blumentritt in 18909 in Brussels

Title: Bust of Felix Pardo de Tavera
Remarks: Made in Paris

Title: Image of Virgin Mary
Material: Wood
Remarks: Made in Ateneo de Manila

Title: Wild boar
Material: Clay
Remarks: Made in Dapitan

Title: Orate Frantes (let us pray brethren)
Material: Wax
Remarks: Illustrated in Alejandro's La Senda Del Sacrificio

Title: San Antonio de Padua
Material: Clay

Title: Bust of Dr. Ricardo Carnicero
Material: Clay
Remarks: Made in Dapitan, 1892 - 1893

Title: St. Paul the Hermit
Material: Clay
Remarks: Given as a gift to Fr. Pablo Pastells by Rizal in Dapitan in 1893

Title: Bust of Gen. Blanco
Material: Ivory
Remarks: Made in Dapitan

Title: Heads of 3 Beckette Girls
Material: Bas Relief, Clay
Remarks: Made in London, 1888

Title: Josephine's Head
Material: Clay
Remarks: Made in Dapitan

Title: Two gate columns (depicting busts)
Material: Wood
Remarks: Made in Dapitan when the water service was completed in 1895

Title: Parting view of Manila
Material: Pencil
Remarks: Sketchbook of Rizal on his first trip on May 1882

Title: Bust of Augustus Ceasar
Material: Clay
Remarks: Sent from London to Dr. Blumentritt in 1888

Title: Bust of Julius Ceasar
Material: Clay
Remarks: Sent from London in December 1888

Title: A (Filipina) girl doll
Material: Wood

Title: A marionette in a form of a clown
Material: Wood
Remarks: Made in Dapitan, 1894 - 1895

Title: A gay Franciscan Friar beside a wine barrel
Material: Wood
Remarks: Made in Dapitan in 1893

Title: Biscuit mold
Material: Wood
Remarks: Made in Dapitan in 1893

Title: Wooden platters
Material: Wood
Remarks: Dapitan, 1894 - 1896

Title: Three wooden tops of different sizes
Material: Wood
Remarks: Dapitan 1894

Title: Allegoric medal - The Centenary of the Real Society of the Friends of the Country
Material: Wax
Remarks: Retana

Title: Bust of an intern at Hospital de Sta. Cruz
Material: Clay
Remarks: Barcelona, 1885

Title: Two statuettes. A maiden and a beggar
Material: Terra Cotta
Remarks: Sent to Blumentritt from Paris in September 1889

Title: Bust of Juan Sitges
Material: Clay
Remarks: Made in Dapitan

Title: Bust of "El Friale al Regreso"
Material: Wood

Title: A bowl of a pipe representing a girl's head
Material: Wood
Remarks: Dapitan

Title: Josephine Sleeping
Material: Plaster
Remarks: Made in Dapitan, 1895 - 1896

Title: Bust of Gov. Carnicero and his wife
Material: Clay
Remarks: Made in Dapitan in 1895

Title: Public faucets representing a lion's head
Material: Terra Cotta
Remarks: Made in Dapitan, 1894 - 1895

Title: Bust of his father
Material: Clay
Remarks: Made in Calamba, 1881

Title: Head of Egyptian (candle holder)
Material: Plaster
Remarks: Made in Hong Kong in 1892

Title: Bust of Mirabeau
Material: Terra Cotta
Remarks: Made in Barcelona, intended for Valentin Ventura

Title: The wounded gladiator
Material: Clay
Remarks: Started in Madrid in 1884 at Academia de San Fernando

Title: Bust Presented in the Solon of Paris
Material: Clay
Remarks: Accepted by the Solon in 1889
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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:55 am

Maps and Plans Made by Rizal

Title: Relief map of Mindanao
Remarks: Made in Dapitan church plaza by the end of 1892

Title: Pacific ocean spheres of influence
Remarks: Made during the administration of Pres. Benjamin Harrison. Mentioned by Rizal in his Article "The Philippines a Century Hence", made in London in 1889.

Title: Plan for modern college (front and side views)
Remarks: Owned by Dr. L. L. R, apparently in Paris, 1872

Title: The lake district of central Luzon
Remarks: Mentioned in "Memorias de un Estudiante de Manila", 1872.

Title: Plan of the waterworks in Dapitan
Remarks: Made with Father Sanchez, in Dapitan, 1895

Title: Sketch of the Lumanao Hill where jewels were found
Remarks: Owned by Ateneo. Made in 1895
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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:56 am

Rizal's Poems

Last Poem of Rizal (Mi Ultimo Adios)
[ Tagalog | English ]

To The Philippines
[ English ]

Our Mother Tongue
[ English ]

Memories of My town
[ English ]

Hymn to Labor
[ Tagalog | English ]

[ English ]

A Poem That Has No Title
[ English ]

Song of Maria Clara
[ Tagalog | English ]

To the Philippines Youth
[ Tagalog | English ]

To Josephine
[ English ]

Education Gives Luster to the Motherland
[ English ]

To the Virgin Mary
[ English ]

Sa Aking mga Kabata
[ Tagalog ]
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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:58 am


Noli Me Tangere

Spain, to Rizal, was a venue for realizing his dreams. He finished his studies in Madrid and this to him was the realization of the bigger part of his ambition. His vision broadened while he was in Spain to the point of awakening in him an understanding of human nature, sparking in him the realization that his people needed him. It must have been this sentiment that prompted him to pursue, during the re-organizational meeting of the Circulo-Hispano-Filipino, to be one of its activities, the publication of a book to which all the members would contribute papers on the various aspects and conditions of Philippines life.

"My proposal on the book," he wrote on January 2, 1884, "was unanimously approved. But afterwards difficulties and objections were raised which seemed to me rather odd, and a number of gentlemen stood up and refused to discuss the matter any further. In view of this I decided not to press it any longer, feeling that it was impossible to count on general support…"

"Fortunately," writes one of Rizal’s biographers, the anthology, if we may call it that, was never written. Instead, the next year, Pedro Paterno published his Ninay, a novel sub-titled Costumbres filipinas (Philippines Customs), thus partly fulfilling the original purpose of Rizal’s plan. He himself (Rizal), as we have seen, had ‘put aside his pen’ in deference to the wishes of his parents.

But the idea of writing a novel himself must have grown on him. It would be no poem to forgotten after a year, no essay in a review of scant circulation, no speech that passed in the night, but a long and serious work on which he might labor, exercising his mind and hand, without troubling his mother’s sleep. He would call it Noli Me Tangere; the Latin echo of the Spoliarium is not without significance. He seems to have told no one in his family about his grand design; it is not mentioned in his correspondence until the book is well-nigh completed. But the other expatriates knew what he was doing; later, when Pastells was blaming the Noli on the influence of German Protestants, he would call his compatriots to witness that he had written half of the novel in Madrid a fourth part in Paris, and only the remainder in Germany.

"From the first," writes Leon Ma. Guerrero, Rizal was haunted by the fear that his novel would never find its way into print, that it would remain unread. He had little enough money for his own needs, let alone the cost of the Noli’s publication… Characteristically, Rizal would not hear of asking his friends for help. He did not want to compromise them.

Viola insisted on lending him the money (P300 for 2,000 copies); Rizal at first demurred… Finally Rizal gave in and the novel went to press. The proofs were delivered daily, and one day the messenger, according to Viola, took it upon himself to warn the author that if he ever returned to the Philippines he would lose his head. Rizal was too enthralled by seeing his work in print to do more than smile.

The printing apparently took considerably less time than the original estimate of five months for Viola did not arrive in Berlin until December and by the 21st March 1887, Rizal was already sending Blumentritt a copy of "my first book."

Rizal, himself, describing the nature of the Noli Me Tangere to his friend Blumentritt, wrote, "The Novel is the first impartial and bold account of the life of the tagalogs. The Filipinos will find in it the history of the last ten years…"

Criticism and attacks against the Noli and its author came from all quarters. An anonymous letter signed "A Friar" and sent to Rizal, dated February 15, 1888, says in part: "How ungrateful you are… If you, or for that matter all your men, think you have a grievance, then challenge us and we shall pick up the gauntlet, for we are not cowards like you, which is not to say that a hidden hand will not put an end to your life."

A special committee of the faculty of the University of Santo Tomas, at the request of the Archbishop Pedro Payo, found and condemned the novel as heretical, impious, and scandalous in its religious aspect, and unpatriotic, subversive of public order and harmful to the Spanish government and its administration of theses islands in its political aspect.

On December 28, 1887, Fray Salvador Font, the cura of Tondo and chairman of the Permanent Commission of Censorship composed of laymen and ordered that the circulation of this pernicious book" be absolutely prohibited.

Not content, Font caused the circulation of copies of the prohibition, an act which brought an effect contrary to what he desired. Instead of what he expected, the negative publicity awakened more the curiosity of the people who managed to get copies of the book.

Assisting Father Font in his aim to discredit the Noli was an Augustinian friar by the name of Jose Rodriguez. In a pamphlet entitled Caiingat Cayo (Beware). Fr. Rodriguez warned the people that in reading the book they "commit mortal sin," considering that it was full of heresy.

As far as Madrid, there was furor over the Noli, as evidenced by an article which bitterly criticized the novel published in a Madrid newspaper in January, 1890, and written by one Vicente Barrantes. In like manner, a member of the Senate in the Spanish Cortes assailed the novel as "anti-Catholic, Protestant, socialistic."

It is well to note that not detractors alone visibly reacted to the effects of the Noli. For if there were bitter critics, another group composed of staunch defenders found every reason to justify its publication and circulation to the greatest number of Filipinos. For instance, Marcelo H. Del Pilar, cleverly writing under an assumed name Dolores Manapat, successfully circulated a publication that negated the effect of Father Rodriguez’ Caiingat Cayo, Del Pilar’s piece was entitled Caiigat Cayo (Be Slippery as an Eel). Deceiving similar in format to Rodriguez’ Caiingat Cayo, the people were readily "misled" into getting not a copy o Rodriguez’ piece but Del Pillar’s.

The Noli Me Tangere found another staunch defender in the person of a Catholic theologian of the Manila Cathedral, in Father Vicente Garcia. Under the pen-name Justo Desiderio Magalang. Father Garcia wrote a very scholarly defense of the Noli, claiming among other things that Rizal cannot be an ignorant man, being the product of Spanish officials and corrupt friars; he himself who had warned the people of committing mortal sin if they read the novel had therefore committed such sin for he has read the novel.

Consequently, realizing how much the Noli had awakened his countrymen, to the point of defending his novel, Rizal said: "Now I die content."

Fittingly, Rizal found it a timely and effective gesture to dedicate his novel to the country of his people whose experiences and sufferings he wrote about, sufferings which he brought to light in an effort to awaken his countrymen to the truths that had long remained unspoken, although not totally unheard of.

Noli Me Tangere: Mga Tauhan
Sinimulang sulatin ni Dr. Jose P. Rizal ang mga unang bahagi ng "Noli Me Tangere" noong 1884 sa Madrid noong siya ay nag-aaral pa ng medisina. Nang makatapos ng pag-aaral, nagtungo siya sa Paris at doon ipinagpatuloy ang pagsusulat nito. At sa Berlin natapos ni Rizal ang huling bahagi ng nobela.

Ang pagsusulat ng "Noli Me Tangere" ay bunga ng pagbasa ni Rizal sa "Uncle Tom's Cabin" ni Harriet Beacher Stowe, na pumapaksa sa kasaysayan ng mga aliping Negro sa kamay ng mga panginoong putting Amerikano. Inilarawan dito ang iba't ibang kalupitan at pagmamalabis ng mga Puti sa Itim. Inihambing niya ito sa kapalarang sinapit ng mga Pilipino sa kamay ng mga Kastila.

Sa simula, binalak ni Rizal na ang bawat bahagi ng nobela ay ipasulat sa ilan niyang kababayan na nakababatid sa uri ng lipunan sa Pilipinas at yaon ay pagsasama-samahin niyang upang maging nobela. Ngunit hindi ito nagkaroon ng katuparan, kaya sa harap ng kabiguang ito, sinarili niya ang pagsulat nang walang katulong.

Ipinaliwanag ni Rizal sa kanyang liham sa matalik niyang kaibigang si Dr. Ferdinand Blumentritt ang mga dahilan kung bakit niya isinulat ang "Noli." Ang lahat ng mga ito ay maliwanag na inilarawan sa mga kabanata ng nobela.

Ang pamagat ng "Noli Me Tangere" ay salitang Latin na ang ibig sabihin sa Tagalog ay "Huwag Mo Akong Salingin" na hango sa Ebanghelyo ni San Juan Bautista. Itinulad niya ito sa isang bulok sa lipunan na nagpapahirap sa buhay ng isang tao.

Mga Tauhan:

Crisostomo Ibarra
Binatang nag-aral sa Europa; nangarap na makapagpatayo ng paaralan upang matiyak ang magandang kinabukasan ng mga kabataan ng San Diego.

Piloto at magsasakang tumulong kay Ibarra para makilala ang kanyang bayan at ang mga suliranin nito.

Kapitan Tiyago
Mangangalakal na tiga-Binondo; ama-amahan ni Maria Clara.

Padre Damaso
Isang kurang Pransiskano na napalipat ng ibang parokya matapos maglingkod ng matagal na panahon sa San Diego.

Padre Salvi
Kurang pumalit kay Padre Damaso, nagkaroon ng lihim na pagtatangi kay Maria Clara.

Maria Clara
Mayuming kasintahan ni Crisostomo; mutya ng San Diego na inihimatong anak ng kanyang ina na si Doña Pia Alba kay Padre Damaso

Pilosopo Tasyo
Maalam na matandang tagapayo ng marurunong na mamamayan ng San Diego.

Isang masintahing ina na ang tanging kasalanan ay ang pagkakaroon ng asawang pabaya at malupit.

Basilio at Crispin
Magkapatid na anak ni Sisa; sakristan at tagatugtog ng kampana sa simbahan ng San Diego.

Matalik na kaagaw ng kura sa kapangyarihan sa San Diego

Donya Victorina
Babaing nagpapanggap na mestisang Kastila kung kaya abut-abot ang kolorete sa mukha at maling pangangastila.

Donya Consolacion
Napangasawa ng alperes; dating labandera na may malaswang bibig at pag-uugali.

Don Tiburcio de Espadaña
Isang pilay at bungal na Kastilang napadpad sa Pilipinas sa paghahanap ng magandang kapalaran; napangasawa ni Donya Victorina.

Malayong pamangkin ni Don Tiburcio at pinsan ng inaanak ni Padre Damaso na napili niya para mapangasawa ni Maria Clara.

Don Filipo
Tinyente mayor na mahilig magbasa na Latin; ama ni Sinang

Señor Nol Juan
Namahala ng mga gawain sa pagpapatayo ng paaralan.

Taong madilaw na gumawa ng kalong ginamit sa di-natuloy na pagpatay kay Ibarra.

Tarsilo at Bruno
Magkapatid na ang ama ay napatay sa palo ng mga Kastila.

Tiya Isabel
Hipag ni Kapitan Tiago na tumulong sa pagpapalaki kay Maria Clara.

Donya Pia
Masimbahing ina ni Maria Clara na namatay matapos na kaagad na siya'y maisilang.

Iday, Sinang, Victoria,at Andeng
Mga kaibigan ni Maria Clara sa San Diego

Pinakamakapangyarihan sa Pilipinas; lumakad na maalisan ng pagka-ekskomunyon si Ibarra.

Don Rafael Ibarra
Ama ni Crisostomo; nakainggitan nang labis ni Padre Damaso dahilan sa yaman kung kaya nataguriang erehe.

Don Saturnino
Nuno ni Crisostomo; naging dahilan ng kasawian ng nuno ni Elias.

Mang Pablo
Pinuno ng mga tulisan na ibig tulungan ni Elias.

Kapitan Basilio
Ilan sa mga kapitan ng bayan sa San Diego Kapitan Tinong at Kapitan Valentin

Tinyente Guevarra
Isang matapat na tinyente ng mga guwardiya sibil na nagsalaysay kay Ibarra ng tungkol sa kasawiang sinapit ng kanyang ama.

Kapitana Maria
Tanging babaing makabayan na pumapanig sa pagtatanggol ni Ibarra sa alaala ng ama.

Padre Sibyla
Paring Agustino na lihim na sumusubaybay sa mga kilos ni Ibarra.

Dating seminarista na nakasama sa piknik sa lawa.

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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:59 am

El Filibusterismo

The word "filibustero" wrote Rizal to his friend, Ferdinand Blumentritt, is very little known in the Philippines. The masses do not know it yet.

Jose Alejandro, one of the new Filipinos who had been quite intimate with Rizal, said, "in writing the Noli Rizal signed his own death warrant." Subsequent events, after the fate of the Noli was sealed by the Spanish authorities, prompted Rizal to write the continuation of his first novel. He confessed, however, that regretted very much having killed Elias instead of Ibarra, reasoning that when he published the Noli his health was very much broken, and was very unsure of being able to write the continuation and speak of a revolution.

Explaining to Marcelo H. del Pilar his inability to contribute articles to the La Solidaridad, Rizal said that he was haunted by certain sad presentiments, and that he had been dreaming almost every night of dead relatives and friends a few days before his 29th birthday, that is why he wanted to finish the second part of the Noli at all costs.

Consequently, as expected of a determined character, Rizal apparently went in writing, for to his friend, Blumentritt, he wrote on March 29, 1891: "I have finished my book. Ah! I’ve not written it with any idea of vengeance against my enemies, but only for the good of those who suffer and for the rights of Tagalog humanity, although brown and not good-looking."

To a Filipino friend in Hong Kong, Jose Basa, Rizal likewise eagerly announced the completion of his second novel. Having moved to Ghent to have the book published at cheaper cost, Rizal once more wrote his friend, Basa, in Hongkong on July 9, 1891: "I am not sailing at once, because I am now printing the second part of the Noli here, as you may see from the enclosed pages. I prefer to publish it in some other way before leaving Europe, for it seemed to me a pity not to do so. For the past three months I have not received a single centavo, so I have pawned all that I have in order to publish this book. I will continue publishing it as long as I can; and when there is nothing to pawn I will stop and return to be at your side."

Inevitably, Rizal’s next letter to Basa contained the tragic news of the suspension of the printing of the sequel to his first novel due to lack of funds, forcing him to stop and leave the book half-way. "It is a pity," he wrote Basa, "because it seems to me that this second part is more important than the first, and if I do not finish it here, it will never be finished."

Fortunately, Rizal was not to remain in despair for long. A compatriot, Valentin Ventura, learned of Rizal’s predicament. He offered him financial assistance. Even then Rizal’s was forced to shorten the novel quite drastically, leaving only thirty-eight chapters compared to the sixty-four chapters of the first novel.

Rizal moved to Ghent, and writes Jose Alejandro. The sequel to Rizal’s Noli came off the press by the middle of September, 1891.On the 18th he sent Basa two copies, and Valentin Ventura the original manuscript and an autographed printed copy.

Inspired by what the word filibustero connoted in relation to the circumstances obtaining in his time, and his spirits dampened by the tragic execution of the three martyred priests, Rizal aptly titled the second part of the Noli Me Tangere, El Filibusterismo. In veneration of the three priests, he dedicated the book to them.

"To the memory of the priests, Don Mariano Gomez (85 years old), Don Jose Burgos (30 years old), and Don Jacinto Zamora (35 years old). Executed in the Bagumbayan Field on the 28th of February, 1872."

"The church, by refusing to degrade you, has placed in doubt the crime that has been imputed to you; the Government, by surrounding your trials with mystery and shadows causes the belief that there was some error, committed in fatal moments; and all the Philippines, by worshipping your memory and calling you martyrs, in no sense recognizes your culpability. In so far, therefore, as your complicity in the Cavite Mutiny is not clearly proved, as you may or may not have been patriots, and as you may or may not cherished sentiments for justice and for liberty, I have the right to dedicate my work to you as victims of the evil which I undertake to combat. And while we await expectantly upon Spain some day to restore your good name and cease to be answerable for your death, let these pages serve as a tardy wreath of dried leaves over one who without clear proofs attacks your memory stains his hands in your blood."

Rizal’s memory seemed to have failed him, though, for Father Gomez was then 73 not 85, Father Burgos 35 not 30 Father Zamora 37 not 35; and the date of execution 17th not 28th.

The FOREWORD of the Fili was addressed to his beloved countrymen, thus:

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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:00 am

Rizal and the Katipuan

On June 21, 1896. Dr. Pio Valenzuela, Bonifacio’s emissary, visited Rizal in Dapitan and informed him of the plan of the Katipunan to launch a revolution. Rizal objected to Bonifacio’s bold project stating that such would be a veritable suicide. Rizal stressed that the Katipunan leaders should do everything possible to prevent premature flow of native blood. Valenzuela, however, warned Rizal that the Revolution will inevitably break out if the Katipunan would be discovered.

Sensing that the revolutionary leaders were dead set on launching their audacious project, Rizal instructed Valenzuela that it would be for the best interests of the Katipunan to get first the support of the rich and influential people of Manila to strengthen their cause. He further suggested that Antonio Luna with his knowledge of military science and tactics, be made to direct the military operations of the Revolution.
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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:01 am


Rizal in Manila Bay

6 August 1896
At dawn the España entered Manila Bay. He was not able to depart immediately for Spain, because the Isla de Luzon which Rizal was supposed to board left the day before they arrived at Manila.

6 August to 2 September 1896
For twenty-seven days, from Thursday, August 6, to Wednesday, September 2,1896, Rizal was kept under arrest aboard the cruiser, Castilla, anhored off Cañacao, Cavite.

12 August 1896
He sent a letter to his sister Narcisa , asking her to let Josephine Bracken send him pants, vests, collars, and cuffs, through a certain Prudencio Bulag.

19 August 1896
He advised his parents and sisters how they could visit him on board the Castilla, and likewise requested Narcisa to buy fruits for the officers of the cruiser, who treated him well.

25 August 1896
In a letter, he thanked his sister Narcisa for the hospitality she had shown by letting Josephine Bracken stay in her house.

30 August 1896
Governor Ramon Balnco sent Rizal a letter recommending him to the Minister of War, saying that Rizal’s conduct in Dapitan was exemplary and that he had no connection at all with the Philippine Revolution.

2 September 1896
Rizal was transferred to the boat Isla de Panay at 6:00 o’clock in the evening. He was met by the captain of the boat, Capt. Alemany, and was given the best cabin. Later, he wrote a letter to his mother informing her of his good health on board the ship.

He informed his mother of his departure for Cuba, comforting her that everybody is in the hands of the Divine Providence. To his sisters, he urged them to take good care and and love their aged parents the way they expect their children to love them.
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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:06 am

Rizal's Famous Quotations

"Ang hindi magmahal sa sariling wika, daig pa ang hayop at malansang isda."

"He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish."

"It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal. It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice."

"While a people preserves its language; it preserves the marks of liberty."

"There can be no tyrants where there are no slaves."

"Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinangalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan."

"He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination."

"The youth is the hope of our future."
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PostSubject: Re: JOSE RIZAL, OUR NATIONAL HERO   Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:07 am

Rizal Laws

· RA 1425
An act to include in the curricula of all public and private Schools, Colleges and Universities courses on the Life Works and Writings of JOSE RIZAL, particularly his novels NOLI ME TANGERE and EL FILIBUSTERISMO, Authorizing the Printing and Distribution Thereof, and for Other Purposes.

· RA 229
An act to prohibit cockfighting, horse racing and jai-alai on the thirtieth day of December of each year and to create a committee to take charge of the proper celebration of rizal day in every municipality and chartered city, and for other purposes

· Memorandum Order No. 247
Directing the Secretary of Education, Culture and Sports and the Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education to fully implement Republic Act No. 1425

· CHED Memorandum No. 3, s. 1995
Enforcing strict compliance to Memorandum Order No. 247
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