Jose Rizal Nationalhero

Topics: Philippines, Katipunan, Philippine Revolution Pages: 3 (855 words) Published: September 13, 2013
How Rizal Became The Philippine National Hero
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How Rizal Became The Philippine National Hero

In 1901, US President McKinley established a commission that sought to create a Philippine national hero; this commission was headed by William H. Taft. The purpose of the commission was to unite the Philippines by showing a Filipino model. It must be noted that in these times the Philippines were divided due to the fresh war that the Philippines had with its new colonizers, the Americans.

According to Charles Bohlen, one-time ambassador to the Philippines, "Taft quickly decided that it would be extremely useful for the Filipinos to have a national hero of their revolution against the Spanish in order to channel their feelings and focus their resentment backward on Spain. But he told his advisers that he wanted it to be someone who really wasn't so much of a revolutionary that, if his life were examined too closely or his works read too carefully, this could cause us any trouble. He chose Rizal as the man who fit his model." [source]

There were six (6) choices as to who would best fit to be the Philippine National Hero. These were: Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Antonio Luna, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Apolinario Mabini.

The criteria for judging are as follows: 1) The person must be a Filipino, 2) The person must be dead, 3) The person must have a solid sense of patriotism, 4) The person must be a calm thinking person.

Emilio Aguinaldo was instantly voted off the list since at that time he was still alive. He cannot be awarded as the Philippine National Hero since he might tarnish the award. The recognition must be made to a dead person so that he will not anymore do any damage to that title. Remember that the purpose of the award: to unite the Filipinos. Moreover, Aguinaldo was a former General of the Kataas-taasan Kagalanggalangang Katipunan (KKK) ng mga Anak ng Bayan, a revolutionary group during the...

Charles Bohlen: Portrait of A Cold Warrior by Joseph B. Smith, 1976, p.283
Theodore Friend: Between Two Empires by Theodore Friend, 1965, p.16
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