Rizal. Rizal. Rizal.
Do I know you? Have we met?
Oh yeah, this was my section when I was in my Senior High. (Laughs J ) My goodness, after four years, we met again, José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda!
Seriously, why heard, read, wrote it down and encountered all over and over again?
Having Rizal subject in my schedule this semester is a boring, nonsense and a wasted time ever happened in my life. I thought so. But I was really wrong! Because knowing YOU more is far greater than a SECTION, a MONUMENT, a STREET, the man on the PESO coin, a NAME, etc., much more than that – because you’re a HERO that this world and the Philippines can ever have.
Now what can I learn and imitate from you so far? (Because the semester is not yet over.)
At first, I was very skeptical about what I read through the pages and chapters of our reference material and to what the reporters in front saying and trying to discuss and emphasize during our discussions – that he is truly GREAT! Because it seems that he and his life is somewhat a perfect one that can only be read and heard in fictional stories – somewhat unbelievable. Maybe that’s his fate and he was really destined to be the “Jose Rizal” everybody around the world admired of! As evidences do not and never ever lie – only interpretations (laughs J). I just hope that, those biographers of him didn’t make exaggerations just to make him appealing like that, that he is so great. Anyway, José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda and his 35 years of existence simply taught me two great things and values in life.
First, valuing and loving relationships – be it family relationships, friendships, special relationships, country-citizen relationship and most especially You-and-Your-Creator relationship. Rizal was a very loving and obedient child to his parents, sibling and relatives. Only the best intentions were his wishes for all of them. Remember, he studied ophthalmology abroad very well just to cure his...