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Rizal as a Hero

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Should Dr. Jose Rizal be Considered as National Hero of the Republic of the Philippines?

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A Six-page Position Paper

Submitted to

Mr. Jonas P. Anciano

University of Batangas

Lipa Campus

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A Partial Fulfilment

For the Requirement

In Rizal Course

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Submitted by

Jeann Razen O. Mendoza

March 2013

José Protasio Rizal Mercado Alonso Realonda was a noted Filipino nationalist. He played a prominent role in advocating reforms in the Philippines, during Spanish supremacy. Recognized as the national hero, his death anniversary is celebrated as Rizal Day, a Philippine holiday.

I truly believe that our government must set the record straight and inform all of us the truth that Jose Rizal has never been proclaimed a national hero. Administrations have come and gone and up to this day, they have neglected the educational value of teaching our youth and our people the historical and cultural facts about our country. No wonder we are a confused lot.

To make it simple to understand how Rizal became a hero, we should know the real meaning of a hero. A hero symbolizes goodness. Rizal gave us freedom by the use of his goodness.

Rizal became a National Hero because he passed the criteria by being a National Hero during the American period.

1. He must be a Filipino.
2. He is already dead.
3. He displayed unconditional love for his country.
4. He has low temper.
5. He had died dramatically.

Jose Rizal became the Philippine national hero because he fought for freedom in a silent but powerful way. He expressed his love for the Philippines through his novels, essays and articles rather than through the use of force or aggression. He was a very amazing person at his time. He fight for reforms through his writings instead of through a...

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