National Hero

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“It is always said in many cultures that the pen is mightier than the sword, the blood of academic scholars are better than that blood of warriors, wars are not won in the battlefield, it’s pure politics.”

A pleasant afternoon to each and everyone, Ma’am, classmates, to our worthy opponents, and to my group mates, once again a pleasant afternoon to all of us.

I, with my group mates, is going to defend that Dr. Jose Rizal deserves to be the National Hero of the Philippines.

Let me give you the criteria in choosing a National Hero as set by the Philippine National Heroes Committee in 1993-1995 which follows:

1. Heroes are those who have a concept of nation and thereafter aspire and struggle for the nation’s freedom.

2. Heroes are those who define and contribute to a system or life of freedom and order for a nation.

3. A hero is part of the people’s expression.

4. A hero thinks of the future, especially the future generations.

5. The choice of a hero involves not only

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the recounting of an episode or events in history but of the entire process that made this particular person a hero.

With these criteria that was set, Dr. Jose P. Rizal is more than qualified. These criteria is much exemplified by Dr. Jose Rizal than Andres Bonifacio.

According to Gregorio T. Zaide, a prolific historian, he mentioned that as early as Rizal was 8 years old, he has bestowed his nationalism when he wrote a poem in Tagalog “Sa Aking Mga Kababata” in which e encouraged the Filipino children to love their native language. “One who doesn’t love his native tongue, is worse than putrid fish and a beast,” who can ever forget those lines from his poem (To My Fellow Children)…

He launched his nationalistic crusade not by bloody sword but by brilliant mind and trenchant pen. His debut as a nationalist came in 1879 when he was 18 years old, college student in...
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