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Did you know: Teodora Alonso

Teodora Alonso, the mother of Jose Rizal, was born on Nov. 9, 1827, in Manila. After marrying Francisco Mercado in 1848, they moved to Calamba, Laguna, where they raised 11 children, Jose being the seventh child. When Rizal was sentenced to death, she appealed to the governor-general to spare her son’s life to no avail. Rizal paid her the highest tribute when he wrote in his work, Memoirs of a Student in Manila: “After God, the mother is everything to man.”–Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research

Posted: November 10th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Rizal’s Knights besiege Torre in SC

EVENT HORIZON A series of shots taken by Inquirer photographer Edwin Bacasmas from April to September shows the rising Torre de Manila building behind the Rizal Monument. Critics of the condo project believe the Supreme Court can still stop this “blatant disrespect for our national heritage.”

Saying they come in defense of history and national heritage, a group opposing a high-rise condominium project in Manila went to the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday to seek its demolition for marring the view of the Rizal Monument.

Posted: September 13th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Metro,Metro | Read More »

Searching for Rizal’s Pangasinan poem


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.

Posted: June 18th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Did you know: The Rizal Law

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

Posted: June 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Laguna erects world’s tallest Rizal statue

TALLEST RIZAL STATUE.  A worker is dwarfed by an 8-meter (26-foot) statue of national hero Jose Rizal erected in Sta. Cruz, Laguna, costing 
P6 million for this year’s Palarong Pambansa. Rizal was estimated to stand at 1.57 meters (5’2”).  AL BENAVENTE/CONTRIBUTOR

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.

Posted: May 7th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »