Today marks the one hundred and fifty sixth anniversary of the birth the Philippine National hero, nationalist and writer Dr. Jose Rizal.
While December 30 commemorates the execution of Rizal by the Spanish in 1896, Filipinos often overlook June 19 – the day of his birth.
This day, June 19, 2017, a special celebration of our country’s most prolific hero was made complete when Pedro Javier went to Luneta Park.
42-year-old Pedro Javier is a known Rizal reenactor who had a very millennial way of showing his appreciation of the efforts of the good doctor.
Javier went to Luneta Park – dressed in a dapper suit reminiscent of Jose Rizal’s iconic look, with slicked back hair and holding a huge copy of the famous Noli Me Tangere novel.
The very convincing reenactor then walked up to the Rizal monument and took a selfie right in front of the very popular shrine.
Known by his birth name of José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda, he was an ophthalmologist by profession. The doctor became a writer and was instrumental in the Filipino propaganda movement with two of his most famous anti-Spanish novels: Noli Me Tángere and its sequel El Filibusterismo.
Both novels were first written in Spanish and dealt with the injustices perpetrated by Spanish priests and government officials – during the colonization of the Philippines.
The doctor was executed by the Spanish forces for the crime of rebellion on December 30, 1896 via firing squad. His writings helped inspire the Philippine Revolution for Independence.
What a unique gesture in honor of the Philippines’ national hero! Happy Birthday Dr. Jose Rizal!
What did you think of that story? Do you think the National hero would approve of the current condition of our country and government?