* All men are born equal, naked, without bonds. God did not create man to be a slave; nor did he endow him with intelligence to have him hoodwinked, or adorn him with reason to have him deceived by others.
* This saying of Dr. Jose Rizal wants to tell us that all people in this world are equal, we are not born to be a slave. We need to show to others that if they are smart, we are also smart, and what are the things they can do we can do it also. Filipinos are not born to deceived by other country, we need to show them that we can stand on our own.
* He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.
- Those who don’t learn from the past, or be thankful for the people who helped you in the past, will not succeed. You will not be what you are now without the help of people from your past, thank them and don’t use your pride, even if they did bad things to you at least it helps you to succeed.
* The youth is the hope of our future.
* Rizal’s vision of the youth was a genius call of foresight. Its underlying thought encourages the youth to take action, accept challenges, and take responsibility. Since the youth have seen the mistakes of the past they are expected not to repeat them.
* He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish.
* A Filipino who does not love his own language will be treated like a smelly fish that gross to approach, they are just pretend that there are foreigner to look rich or intelligent but you still need to love your own language to show respect to your country.
Jose Rizal in today’s world: alive in every Filipino
Friday, 10 June 2011 08:44 Bernadine B. Racoma
This month marks the 150th birthday of the country's National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. In line with this, the country is embarking on a massive celebration to remember Calamba, Laguna’s beloved son.
Rizal was born June 19, 1861 to a well-to-do family. He was highly educated, completing his medical education in Spain and Germany; a prolific writer; a respected doctor; and a known linguist, able to speak about 20 languages fluently. Undoubtedly, he was an intelligent man who used his talents and resources to fight for his country. He did not stay silent in the face of adversity.
He became most famous for his two literary masterpieces - Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. These works were social commentaries against Spanish oppression and colonialism. However, he advocated peaceful means of reform. Instead of picking up a sword, bayonet or gun, he picked up his pen and set it to paper, inflaming the hearts of people and inspiring many others to start the Philippine Revolution.
* In this article it shows that Rizal downplayed over the years. Most people only know of Dr. Rizal as the writer of two Filipino literary pieces that are studied in high school. There are even urban legends that claim he is the father of Adolf Hitler. He appears on the humble one peso coin. Hundreds gather at Rizal Park, even if not to remember our national hero, then to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon. Rizal criticized the way the Spaniards ruled the Philippines. If he were alive today, it is certain that he would write about the corruption and inefficiency in government. He would write about the oppression of poverty. He would comment on the dominance of the Church and its influence on how Filipinos live their daily lives. We may not be under Spanish rule anymore, but the country is still being run by the same 150 political families over the last six decades. Filipinos are still being oppressed by debilitating poverty. The country’s resources are being raped. While we declare ourselves to be a democracy, there is no authentic freedom from the bondage of poverty, illiteracy, corruption and the manipulation of the...