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
By Tarra Quismundo
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.
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.