Rizal’s Life, Struggles and Mishaps

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Rizal is one of the famous hero in our country. Even me, I recognized Rizal as the best hero in the Philippines. Not only because of his works but also for his sacrifice to our country. Dr. Jose Rizal is a unique example of many-splendored genius who became the greatest hero of a nation. He’s a very talented person, a genius. I admire his works and his love for his family. He’s a man that knows how to love the family. Rizal’s life story was full of love and hope. His mother taught him how to make poems, read Spanish inscriptions like the Bible, story books and among others.

He was also a dedicated brother to his siblings and a son to his parents. Hes got a lot of talents and skills. He knew how to perform magic, paint various picturesque scenes, did sculpturing, played the piano and the harp and others. He was such a gifted child that when he entered school, some of his classmates got jealous at him. Even though the case, he still strived his hardest and tried to search for answers that linger in his emotions, in his thoughts, in his mind and in his heart, of why the Spanish people continued to oppress the Filipino people so easily, without even showing any mercy at the very least.

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In school life, Rizal was always at the top. His first school was in Binan, Laguna under the supervision of a teacher who was a family friend and was his older brother’s teacher, Paciano. During his matriculation at this school, he surpassed all the Binan boys in all fields of academics. His first year was not the ordinary type. He excelled in his classroom, being the emperor. He even started as an externo, the lowest position a student may acquire during his student life.

But Rizal, being the earnest and hardworking type of person, did an extraordinary job of beating all the previous high-positioned classmates of his and had stolen the emperor seat. Because of that fact, he was even awarded with a religious picture. That is the first award he received. Though in the second term, he was a little bit not that showy, maybe due to the bad resentment of his teacher to him, yet he still put himself in a line where he can be proud of because he still managed to have grades all excellent.

His second year, was also a little bit of frail because he still regretted the happenings of his first year. To regain his composure, he did again what he does best, which is studying very hard, and once more, he became the class’ emperor. Rizal have a sedentary lifestyle during his early childhood. But when he entered Ateneo, he also engaged his self to some extra curricular activities. He entered the Marian Congregation, a religious solidaty. He was also a member of the Academy of Spanish Literature and the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Two prestigious and exclusive societies in Ateneo to which Ateneans with the gift of excellent literacy and the knowledge of the sciences. When a father rector seen what he had curved, the father requested him to carve for him an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The young Rizal complied and within a few days, he presented it to the father. The old father was highly pleased and profusely thanked the teenage sculptor. The father’s intention was to bring the image to Spain but being an absent minded person, forgot to do so.

When Rizal grow older. He got enough courage to rebel against the spaniards. But because of that courage, the spaniards become his enimies. Rizal was implicated in the activities of the nascent rebellion and in July 1892, was deported to Dapitan in the province of Zamboanga, a peninsula of Mindanao. There he built a school, a hospital and a water supply system, and taught and engaged in farming and horticulture. Abaca, then the vital raw material for cordage and which Rizal and his students planted in the thousands, was a memorial.

By 1896, the rebellion fomented by the Katipunan had become a full blown revolution, proving to be a nationwide uprising and leading to the first proclamation of a democratic republic in Asia. To dissociate himself, Rizal volunteered and was given leave by the Spanish governor-general Ramon Blacno to go to Cuba to minister to victims of yellow fever. Blanco would later present his sash and sword to the Rizal family as an apology. Before he left Dapitan, he issued a manifesto disavowing the revolution and declaring that he education of Filipinos and their achievement of a national identity were prerequisites to freedom. Governor-General Blanco, who was sympathetic to Rizal, had been forced out of office, and the friars had intercalated Polavieja in his stead, sealing Rizal’s fate. Rizal was arrested en route, imprisoned in Barcelona, and sent back to Manila to stand trial. He was implicated in the revolution through his association with members of the Katipunan and was to be tried before a court-martial for rebellion, sedition, and conspiracy.

During the entire passage, he was unchained, no Spaniard laid a hand on him, and had many opportunities to escape but refused to do so. Rizal was convicted on all three charges and sentenced to death. His few remaining possessions, including the final letters and his last bequests, were handed to his family. Within hearing of the Spanish guards he informed his sisters in English, “There is something inside it,” referring to the alcohol stove given by the Pardo de Taveras. Inside it they found his final poem, undated but believed to have been written in the days before his execution. He also instructed them to “Look in my shoes. Exhumation of his remains in August 1898 under American rule revealed he had been uncoffined, his burial not on sanctified ground granted the ‘confessed’ faithful, and whatever was hidden in his shoes had disintegrated. In his last letter to his family he wrote: “Treat our aged parents as you would wish to be treated… Love them greatly in memory of me Rizal died with honor and leave a memorable experience to our country. That’s why we must consider Rizal as our hero, as the greastest hero in our country. It’s just a sad story that he was killed in his young age. But his death brings freedom to the filipinos.!!

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