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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 »

In the Know: We have no ‘national hero’

According to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Research, Publication and Heraldry Division, the Philippines does not have a single, official national hero because no law has been passed to recognize a national hero.

Posted: November 30th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Rizal kin move out of crowded city cemetery


In one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in Metro Manila, the dead crowd with the living. Space is running out in Manila North Cemetery that the relatives of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal had no recourse but to have the remains of his sister, Narcisa Alonso Rizal, and her family exhumed and transferred to Laguna province after more than 70 years.

Posted: June 23rd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Did you know: Jose Rizal’s 152nd birth annversary

Today (Wednesday) is the 152nd birth anniversary of national hero Jose Rizal who was buried at Paco Cemetery in Manila, on the day of his execution on Dec. 30, 1896. His remains were later exhumed and deposited in his mother’s house in Binondo before these were interred at the base of the Rizal Monument in Rizal Park in 1912.—Schatzi Quodala, Inquirer Research

Posted: June 19th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Rizal planted seed of revolution; Bonifacio watered it

CENTENNIAL RITE  Members of the Knights of Rizal reenact the transfer of National Hero Jose Rizal’s bones from Binondo to Luneta in Manila during a dawn ceremony marking the 116th anniversary of his death. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

On December 20, 1898, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, as head of the Philippine Revolutionary Government, issued a decree proclaiming Dec. 30 of every year a national day of mourning in honor of Dr. Jose Rizal and the other martyrs of the revolution against Spain. This was just two years after the execution of the hero by the Spanish colonial government.

Posted: December 31st, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »