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Dr. Jose Rizals House

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Learn of this history and see a replication of the original house of Dr. Jose Rizal at Nayong Pilipino complete with furnishings from the period. This man was a Filipino of great and varied learning. He was a true nationalist, and during the Spanish colonial era was one of the most well-known supporters for transformation of from Spanish rule in the Philippines. He always promoted peaceful means of revolution rather than forceful measures. Two novels written by Rizal exposed the cruelties of the Spanish colonizers in the Philippines. These books were titled: Noli Ne Tangere and El Filibusterismo. The Spaniards were concerned that his propaganda would insight the Filipino people to revolt. So he was sentenced in a mock trail on December 30, 1896 and shot by firing squad at Dagong Bayan, now Luneta Park in the Manila area. This made him a martyr and a catalyst of the Philippine Revolution which was later led by Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Aguinaldo. He is considered a national hero and the anniversary of Rizal's death is celebrated as a national holiday in the Philippines.

I have been an admirer of Rizal for as long as I can remember. As a child, I heard countless stories about his greatness and heroism. Well, I wasn't sure if all the stories were true, but one thing I was certain of, Jose Rizal was a great man. Like most Filipino school children, I learned from school about his life and works, that he wrote two novels (back then I could pronounce the Noli Me Tangere perfectly but I always mispronounce the mouthful El Filibusterismo). I also learned from school that Rizal was shot by the Spaniards. Back then, I was very angry at the Spaniards.

As a young Manila student in the 1990s I collected books about Rizal. I usually purchased my books in the bangketas of Recto. I read the unexpurgated Noli Me Tangere and the El Filbusterismo that were both superbly translated into Tagalog by Maria Odulio De Guzman. Some of my early books on Rizal...

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