By Gabriel Cardinoza
Could national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, have written a poem in Pangasinan language? Local historians in Pangasinan province wanted to find this out, after a former marketing executive claimed that his father used to read a book that contained Rizal’s poems in Pangasinan.
The Rizal Law or Republic Act No. 1425 which requires Jose Rizal’s life, works and writings particularly his novels “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo” as compulsory reading in all schools, was enacted on June 12, 1956. The bill seeks to enhance the lessons of nationalism in Filipino students. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
By Maricar Cinco
Laguna still has the tallest Rizal monument in the world. But this one, unveiled at the opening of Palarong Pambansa in this town early this week, depicts the national hero, Jose Rizal, as a sportsman.
The construction of Paco Cemetery or Cementerio General de Paco began in 1814 but a cholera epidemic prompted the use of the cemetery in 1820. The remains of Jose Rizal were initially interred in Paco Cemetery after his execution in Bagumbayan (now Luneta) in 1896 and exhumed in 1898. In 1966, Paco Cemetery was converted into a national park. Its niches were emptied since the cemetery would no longer be used as a burial ground. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
By Carmel Matus
Jose Rizal came to life in Bohol in the countless of volunteers who helped the province get back on its feet after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake destroyed homes, infrastructure and century-old churches on Oct. 15, according to the province’s officials.