Jose Rizal, Hero of the Philippines

Hi, guys! As you probably thought that this blog is for sweets only, I mentioned in my ‘About Me’ page that I also like to read and write. This post isn’t anywhere about sweets, it’s about Jose Rizal. I wrote this post because tomorrow is December 30, which is Rizal Day. Below is everything you need to know about him.

Jose Rizal is the Philippines’ national hero. He was born on June 19, 1861 in Calamba City, Laguna. He was a novelist, a poet, an essayist, a correspondent, an ophthalmologist, and a diarist. He wrote two novels, the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. He formed an organization named “La Liga Filipina”. He wrote these novels that inspired people, including Andres Bonifacio, to drive away the Spaniards that were in the country on that time. He died on December 30, 1896 by being executed by a Spanish firing squad in Bagumbayan, Manila. People erected monuments of him to remember him.

Noli Me Tangere

Source: Wikipedia

The novel, Noli Me Tangere, is about a man named Juan Crisóstomo Ibarra y Magsalin and his lifeHe is a man who, like Jose Rizal, studied in Europe. The story reflects the time in the Philippines when Spaniards arrived on its land. The novel was written in Spanish. Below are some of the major characters:

Crisóstomo Ibarra

He is the protagonist of the story and Maria Clara’s fiancé. He studied in Europe for 7 years.

Maria Clara

María Clara de los Santos y Alba is her full name. She was the daughter of Father Dámaso, but she was raised by Capitán Tiago.

Father Dámaso

Dámaso Verdolagas is the father of Maria Clara. He is also a parish curate and a cruel priest.

Capitán Tiago

Don Santiago de los Santos raised Maria Clara. He is the richest man in Binondo. He never attended school.

El Filibusterismo

Source: Wikipedia

The El Filibusterismo or ‘The Reign of Greed’ is the sequel of the book Noli Me Tangere. In this book, Crisóstomo returns as Simoun. The sequel was also written in Spanish. Major characters:

Simoun

He is really Crisóstomo Ibarra disguised as Simoun.

Basilio

He is the eldest of Sisa’s sons. Sisa was a character in Noli Me Tangere.

Isagani

Isagani is a poet and Basilio’s best friend.

Kabesang Tales

He is a barangay head in a town.

Don Custodio

His full name is Custodio de Salazar y Sánchez de Monteredondo. He was a famous journalist.

Paulita Gomez

She is Doña Victorina’s niece and Isagani’s girlfriend.

Macaraig

He is one of Isagani’s classmates. He is a rich student.

Father Florentino

He is Isagani’s godfather and a priest.

Juli

Juliana de Dios is her name, and she is Basilio’s girlfriend. She is also the youngest daughter of Kabesang Tales.

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