A decade and a century ago, in the grounds of Luneta Manila, Spanish authorities shot a man. The death of this great man changed the course of Philippine history. We come to know this man today as our National Hero, Jose Rizal. We are always asked to remember the death anniversary of the greatest person that the malayan race has ever produced.
What was Jose Rizal’s greatest legacy? Why was he chosen to become our national hero ? For most people they believe that Jose Rizal was rightly chosen to become a national hero because he influenced most of our revolutionary leaders through his writings and example although other people believe that he should only be declared a hero not “The national hero.” Most people believed that Rizal’s greatest legacy is his love for his country as embodied in his writings and the actions that he took.
Years ago when I was taking up the required “Rizal” course in college, I was so amazed by the story of Jose Rizal that I went through Zaide’s book on Rizal in just one day. I consider Jose Rizal is one of my “Role models.” When I went to Manila, I made sure that I could visit the actual grounds where Rizal was shot. Contrary to what others believe, Rizal was not shot where the Rizal shrine in Luneta stands. The actual place where he was shot is several meters away from the shrine. As you approach the area you can see a sign that says that the place is “hollowed ground.” and it truly is for me. After we took the bar exams, I went with my family to Enchanted Kingdom. I also saw this as an oppurtunity to visit nearby Calamba, Laguna, Rizal’s home. Hopefully, I hope to visit his place of exile in Dapitan someday. Reading so much about Rizal, being to the places where he has been, and watching so many Rizal movies, I cannot help but ask myself, how could a somebody who lived only 34 years of his life make a huge difference in this world, not only in his country but globally as well ?
I believe that Jose Rizal’s...