The Life of a Hero

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“He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.” The quote mentioned is one of Jose Rizal’s famous quotes and sure enough, he stayed true to his words as he was one of those people who keeps looking back at where he was from, as evidenced by his entries in this diary and letters to close friends and family. He was the kind of person who liked to share to others on what he had gone through, no matter how low or down in the eyes of others. The documentary “Ang Buhay ng Isang Bayani” featured the story and the happenings that had taken place in our national hero’s life. The events that were highlighted have gone all the way from when he was born and up until the day he died. His beginnings, his life with his family, his student life, his love life, his travels, his thoughts, his ideas, his emotions, and even his hardships had been revealed.

It has been clear that Rizal was really a person who has a thirst for knowledge, ever since he was still a little child under the mentoring of his mother. This was also proven when he chose to travel away from home, alone, just so he could pursue his studies even if it was against his parents’ wishes. As young as he was at that time, he was able to study and accomplished a lot, and even surpassed most of his classmates. He was also able to go abroad to study some more, all for the sake of learning more and only from the best. He really was determined even if he had to undergo some hardships like having to live with little food and money, not to mention that he was sort of frail and sickly.

Even if he was abroad, life wasn’t always that easy for Rizal. But despite everything else, he was still able to think about his family back home; and most of all, he thought about his beloved country. He was able to take part in nationalistic movements by means of his writings and publications. He was able to raise awareness of his fellowmen and a few foreign people. He loved his country...
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