Reflection for Rizal's Eye-Opening Journey (the National Hero of the Philippines)

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Reminiscing the Life of Dr. Jose P. Rizal
A glance to his eye-opening journey

Submitted by:

Cornelio, Ruth
Estabillo, Janine
Obligado, Avelardo
Odper, Renelyn
Ora, Rex
Reyes, Cristine
Rosete, Jaysieca

Submitted to:

Professor Ortañes
Works, Writings, & Life of Rizal

September 27, 2010

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We would like to express our gratitude to the following persons who have made this historical visit possible:

To our Professor, Mrs. Ortañes, for her support, encouragement, and wonderful ideas for letting us explore and maximize our knowledge about our national hero trough going to the places related to our studies.

To our Parents, who are always there to understand, assist, and give us our financial needs.

To the staff and administration of the three Historical Places we visited: Rizal’s House Historical Museum, University of Santo Tomas, Manila Main Campus, and Fort Santiago, Intramurous Manila.

Lastly our greatest gratitude to the one above all who is always with us. We thank God for keeping us safe all the time and for all the knowledge and wisdom He is giving to us.

INTRODUCTION

Jose Rizal made a lot of things for our country. He left a great legacy to the Filipino people through his eye-opening works. He helped the early Filipinos to get our freedom and democracy. He imparted his values and principles to awaken people’s mind regarding the wrongdoings Spaniards in our homeland. We can see him as a man with so many achievements and accomplishments. These achievements and accomplishments if we just allow will surely give all of us inspiration in all things that we do. These will also inspire us to value many things and our country to make our lives more meaningful. It is really amazing that even though Rizal was exiled in Dapitan, he did not think that he was sent there for punishment because he was still able to manage to accomplish many things. He helped the poor of Mindanao. He educated them with agricultural knowledge and skills so that they may become independent and free themselves from the Chinese. Thus, becoming less exploited especially when Rizal founded a cooperative there. Many people would probably be in panic, despair or become hopeless if they were exiled but our national hero, Jose Rizal, was still able to serve our country in every a little ways that he could for he so loved the Philippines. Rizal truly was a person for his countrymen, a person who has a lot of philosophies in life, he truly was a patriot and nationalistic for he never wanted to see his fellow countrymen being oppressed and exploited. He valued the sanctity of life and the importance of education to achieve the freedom of this country. Those things made Jose Rizal stand out among the other heroes of our nation. He truly was a man of action, he did not look over the people nor just tell them what to do, but instead he helped them in their everyday work. Jose Rizal is our hero, our inspiration, our lesson of the past that we should love and value our country. He was genius and yet very humble, his attitude shows his sincere goal to improve the lives of Filipino people. Was it coincidence, was his attitude typical, or was not he really born to become our role model, our inspiration, and our hero? We believe he was.

INDIVIDUAL REFLECTION

REX E. ORA
DR. JOSE RIZAL’S HOMETOWN

As we try to dig deeper about the life of our national hero, we decided to visit his hometown. I will stay as an admirer of Jose Rizal as long as I can remember his life legacy and his major contributions for the freedom of our beloved country. As a child, I often heard countless stories about his greatness and bravery....
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