Jose Rizal’s spinal bone to be symbolically interred Sunday

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MANILA, Philippines—A piece of Jose Rizal’s spinal bone that was hit by a bullet during his execution in 1896 will be exhibited in a symbolic interment on the 116th anniversary of his martyrdom on Sunday.

President Aquino will lead the centennial commemoration re-enacting the transfer of Rizal’s remains from his sister’s house in Binondo, Manila, to his monument in Luneta Park.

“We encourage everybody to participate and feel the historical moment of laying Rizal to his final resting place,” said Reghis Romero II, supreme commander of the Order of the Knights of Rizal, which spearheaded the program together with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

“This is the 100th year of the transfer and decent burial of Rizal and it is significant for all Filipinos to know his sacrifice in bringing liberation to the Filipino people,” Romero said.

The spinal bone will be placed in a replica of the ivory urn containing Rizal’s bones, which was buried at the base of his monument in 1912 in a memorial service led by the Knights of Rizal and the Masonic Lodge of the Philippines.

The urn will be carried in a motorized caisson and members of the Knights of Rizal will escort it wearing a copy of their 1912 uniform accompanied by the music played at that time.

Around 7,000 students, soldiers, policemen and government employees, including Rizal’s descendants, have committed to join the procession, which will converge in Luneta from three assembly points at 4 to 5 a.m.: Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz in Binondo; Fort Santiago in Intramuros; and the Manila Hotel.

The public is also invited to join the procession and wear white “to symbolize the purity of Rizal.”

The Knights of Rizal is mandated by a charter to inculcate the teachings of the national hero and encourage Filipinos to emulate him in words and deeds.

The proponents of the charter explained that if these actions were carried out, social discipline, civic virtues and love of justice would be fostered in the country.

“Let Rizal’s life and martyrdom influence and guide the destiny of the nation. Let this future generations live the Rizal way,” the explanatory note stated.

Rizal’s body was dumped in an unmarked grave in the old Paco Cemetery after his execution. Through his sister Narcisa’s persistence, his burial place was found and marked with a marble cross with his initials in reverse.

Narcisa secretly marked the site so that the Spanish authorities would not transfer and hide Rizal’s body to avoid public veneration.

Years later, Rizal’s remains were transferred in an ivory urn made by sculptor Romualdo Teodoro de Jesus in Narcisa’s house in Binondo, where their mother Teodora was also staying.

In an old photo obtained by the Knights of Rizal, Doña Teodora was seen cradling the urn containing Rizal’s bones. She was said to have shown the remains to visitors while reciting Rizal’s poem “Mi Ultimo Adios.”

Romero said foreigners would cry even though they didn’t understand Spanish because of the evident anguish of a mother who lost a son.

Unfortunately, Doña Teodora died before Rizal’s remains were given a proper funeral in 1912.

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  • blainz

    Snuffing the Philippine Enlightenment, Rizal’s execution is the everlasting sin of the Catholic Church upon this country. A sin that will be paid back with hefty interest. The RH Law is just the start of Damaso’s trip to the dustbin of history.

    • mad_as_Hamlet

      Yes!  And Filipino Catholics must learn to see and accept that Christ and his real teachings are not the property of one religion but a legacy to all mankind, that is, minus the distortions and lies which various churches have wrapped around it in the name of religion.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYAZBOJYIUCRLWTYJBORBVTTOI boyfarmer

         yes because other sect interprets the Bible through eisegesis, that is interpreting in accordance to their understanding to suit their purpose, whereas the Catholic church interpret the Bible thru exegesis that is meticulously trying to find out the original meaning, what the early hagiographers (authors of sacred writings) really intended to mean.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYAZBOJYIUCRLWTYJBORBVTTOI boyfarmer

       And you have no sin

  • wawa2172

    Rizal martyrdom will forever be remember. He died seeking freedom for the Filipinos. His Noli and El Fili will always be part of the Filipino generation must read. Somehow, Rizal need not be compare to other heroes, his writings is an example of how mighty pen is. Though we now live in digital era, the ink and pen that he use during his time will be irreplaceable. Computer generated signature is not an acceptable in official documents unless it has to be notarized. Rizal is not god, he is human, he is a Filipino and he made us proud.

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    For security reason advise is given to all 
    Catholic priests, especially the CBCP – IPISKUPAL
    church members to stay far behind people  commemorating 
    Dr. RPJ final interment. Baka kayo magulpi ng mga Knights of Rizal
    at mga nagmamahal kay Rizal.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYAZBOJYIUCRLWTYJBORBVTTOI boyfarmer

       The modern day Catholic Priests cannot be faulted at what happened  during Spanish era, in fact Priests’ Gomez, Burgos and Zamora rebelled against the spaniards, Yes, the Philippines was Christianized by the Sword and the Cross and this tragedy is being continuously asked forgiveness by the church. Pero kung tutuusin, lahat ng Christians including those other religions and cults, nakinabang lahat sa arrival ng mga kastila kasi kung hindi sila dumating, mga Muslim sana tayo ngayon, naunang dumating sa pilipinas ang mga arabian muslim missionaries na checkmate lang ang propagation ng Islam dahil dumating ang mga kastila.

      Marami din dinala ang Kastila dito sa Pilipinas, Cacao na ginagawa nating tablea tsokolate, carrots at marami pang ibang produkto through the Galleon trade, nag dala din sila ng education, knowledge at marami pang iba na pinakikinabangan natin ngayon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

    iniisip ko lang…  how come the church never moved heaven and earth to stop the execution of rizal?  di ba anti-death penalty sila at pro-life daw?  how come ngayon eh nawala death penalty natin dahil sa kanila?  considering na ang binibitay ngayon ay mga kriminal.  pero si rizal ay hindi kriminal.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYAZBOJYIUCRLWTYJBORBVTTOI boyfarmer

       iba ang  batas noon, more civilized na ngayon, bawal na ang firing squad, Justice system evolved or developed on a very long process, it started with and offender being punished seven times seven times fold, you can read that in the Bible, that was the law on vengeance, , , , then the law on an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, then God gave Moses the ten commandments at mount sinai, it is the Divine law, which is now the norms of christian morality together with Christs eight beatitudes..

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

        uhm, you lost me there…  so the ten commandments was given after the spaniards came to the philippines?  i thought the ten commandments was given even before christ was born?  so the divine law and the christian morality and christ’s eight beatitudes did not exists yet during the time of the spaniards?

        what i am asking is how the church changed its stand.  and yet the church today always claims tradition and even to the extent that it has always been pro-life.

        are we on the same page?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    yES IT WILL BE FOREVER REMEMBER…. A DOCTOR_ A HERO!

    This Beast & Wolfs that are staying in the Philippines in their Palaces must be the one executed…they put Pilipinos under poverty & ignorance for centuries…..they protect corrupt politicians for their benefit. This Damaso & Eskribas wants Philippines like Africa has a lot of population but no food to eat. They want Pilipinos to live in way of begging to other rich nation. Im already enough for this Damaso & Eskribas of the Philippines, sad to say but they are too much.. roman-catholic church must REFORM!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    i HIGH APPRECIATE THE WORKS OF MISSIONARY PRIEST……….BUT this Beast & Wolfs staying in the Palaces that built with more blood of the Pilipinos during Damaso’s/Eskribas whose keeping our fellow Pilipinos under IGNORANCE MUST BE STOP! 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYAZBOJYIUCRLWTYJBORBVTTOI boyfarmer

       yes, your ignorance must stop, you need to educate yourself, seek wisdom in your understanding and in your decision making, , , and don’t forget to improve your English, medyo crooked kasi.

    • carlbenedict

      Your crooked English is good enough.  We dont have to be good at English or Spanish to be a great nation.  The Chinese doesnt know both language neither the Japanese but they belong to the roster of Great Nations as well.

  • andrew lim

    THE ORIGINAL RIDING IN TANDEM

    The original riding in tandem in Phil history are the Spanish colonizers and the Catholic hierarchy. They did not respect indigenous cultures, and were only interested in more colony acquisitions, for more resources, more slave labor, more forward staging bases.

    When they came here, they did it by force- face the military or obey the priests. Pedro Calungsod himself participated in Spanish imperialism in the Chamorro islands, now known as Guam.

    Tomorrow let us remember the sordid legacy of the Spaniards- including Catholicism. Announcing the signing of the RH bill tomorrow is a fitting rebuke to the Catholic hierarchy.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYAZBOJYIUCRLWTYJBORBVTTOI boyfarmer

      The modern day Catholic Priests cannot be faulted at what happened 
      during Spanish era, in fact Priests’ Gomez, Burgos and Zamora rebelled
      against the spaniards, Yes, the Philippines was Christianized by the
      Sword and the Cross and this tragedy is being continuously asked
      forgiveness by the church. Pero kung tutuusin, lahat ng Christians
      including those other religions and cults, nakinabang lahat sa arrival
      ng mga kastila kasi kung hindi sila dumating, mga Muslim sana tayo
      ngayon, naunang dumating sa pilipinas ang mga arabian muslim
      missionaries na checkmate lang ang propagation ng Islam dahil dumating
      ang mga kastila.

      Marami din dinala ang Kastila dito sa Pilipinas, Cacao na ginagawa
      nating tablea tsokolate, carrots at marami pang ibang produkto through
      the Galleon trade, nag dala din sila ng education, knowledge at marami
      pang iba na pinakikinabangan natin ngayon.
       

  • jumpah

     Spanish colonizers and the Catholic hierarchy makes us Is*tu*pido …magising kayo mga kabayan

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYAZBOJYIUCRLWTYJBORBVTTOI boyfarmer

       what do you mean? expand your idea, kulang  eh. . . .  is tu pi do and kulang kulang is synonymous

  • carlbenedict

    bakit huli na sinabi sa madla, e di sana mas maraming makikipaglibing kay rizal, marami pa kay magsaysay nuon at mas marami pa kesa kay ninoy…

    Marami nga ring dinala ang mga kastila, pero mas marami silang kinuhang kayamanan natin (ginto, pera, raw materials etc.).  Talagang ginawa tayong laborer nila. Anyway, past is past, as a Catholic I was taught how to forgive.  I forgive all the ANTI RH PRIESTS and BISHOPS na hindi marunong tumanggap ng pagkatalo despite their supposed maturity, panay pa ang BANTA, na ang tinuro sa akin sa OUR LADY OF GRACE sa Grace Park is mag patawad di ba? “Father forgive them for they do not know what theyve done.” Pangit pala tingnan ang BISHOP NA IN SOURGRAPING MOOD.

  • carlbenedict

    Mga BISHOPS GUMITNA KAYO SA PULITIKA EH DI NGAYON NABABASTOS KAYO.  Tinuturing kayong ordinaryong citizen.

    Gone were the days na ang Bishop is tinitingala dahil hindi magawa ng ordinaryong tao ang kaya nilang gawin like walang asawa, always in meditation and prayers, forgiving etc.

    Now, kasama na sa corruption, may kabit, may bakla, pedophiles at iba pa.  Ikakatwiran is they are also citizens, yes, indeed but you cannot separate the fact na pari pa rin kayo.

    Si Tagle lang ang matino yata eh. Ang homily is PEACE AND FORGIVENESS.

  • Rolly257

    May Rizal’s legacy remained in Filipinos’ heart and mind forever.

  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    Wow. First time I saw this photo.Thanks.

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