10 Sobresaliente Moments of Dr. Jose Rizal
Happy 150th Birthday to you, Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda (is it correct?)
How would you imagine if such a person having an age of 150 still alive and kicking? A sesquicentenarian person could never ever live especially in today's generation where millions and millions of wrath and dishonesty are presently served. Dr. Jose Rizal might become the Filipino's version of the Dalai Lama, for some words of pushy wisdom and enlightenment to be heard by the today's youth who had abolished the true essence of education, responsibility and dignity.
I still remember how my former college professor introduced to us the real Dr. Jose Rizal. I only knew him in three ideas: he was our National Hero, he was at the P1.00 coin (during my heydays, there is still a P1.00 coin, bigger than today and has a picture of Dr. Jose Rizal), and a province east of Metro Manila was named after him. These were the ideas that I had when I was still in my elementary days. High school came when we learnt the two novels of the greatest hero, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. I delightedly and delectably loved the story of Noli Me Tangere because of the colorful characters, not with El Filibusterismo. Then I learnt about Rizal Avenue, Rizal High School, Rizal Cement and even Jose Rizal University in Mandaluyong. Everything here in the Philippines was about Rizal. As what my first statement said, I only knew the whole of him when I entered college, thanks to my professor in my Rizal subject (it was Republic Act 1425, stating that the life, works and death of Dr. Jose Rizal should be included in the curriculum of the public and private high schools and colleges). We had learned his childhood days, adolescent stage, overseas studying, love life and of course, his greatest battles against the Spanish regime. For me, that's sobresaliente!
Here in my post, I would like to give the ten (10) sobresaliente moments that Dr. Jose...