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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

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DR. JOSE RIZAL. INQUIRER file photo

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

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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 »

Rizal honored with many names but none like the ‘Tagalog Christ’

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Sunday, Dec. 30, is the 116th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal. It is also the centennial of the transfer of the remains of the national hero from Binondo to his monument in Luneta, now called Rizal Park.

Posted: December 30th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Militant groups honor Andres Bonifacio’s 148th b’day in Mendiola

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Ralliers set fire to a mock American flag to protest what it believes is a "pro-US and pro-elite government" during a mass protest action on the 148th birthday of Philippine national hero and revolutionary, Andres Bonifacio. MATIKAS SANTOS/INQUIRER.net

“If Andres Bonifacio were still alive today, he would most likely be with us today to fight for national freedom and democracy,” Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) Chairperson Elmer Labog said in his speech during a protest rally in Don Chino Roces bridge (formerly Mendiola Bridge) Wednesday afternoon.

Posted: November 30th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Did you know

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THE MONUMENT of Jose Rizal in Luneta, Manila, is the tallest monument of the national hero in the country. Measuring 14 meters from the base to the tip of the obelisk or apex, it was completed in 1913, 17 years after Rizal’s execution. On the other hand, Rizal’s monument in Calamba has the tallest statue [...]

Posted: July 13th, 2011 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Rizal statue on new Metro school campus

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Of all the places where the statue of his likeness stands, national hero Dr. Jose Rizal would probably feel most at home in a setting that centers on education—one of the things he valued most when he was alive. It is thus fitting that a life-sized bronze sculpture of the young Rizal is now the [...]

Posted: July 1st, 2011 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Keeping up with legacy of Rizal’s ‘true love’

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CAMILING, Tarlac—They would know that Dr. Jose Rizal’s birth, or death anniversary is just around the corner when reporters and researchers start coming in. This was the typical scene in the Kipping household when its members were growing up, and it remains the same to this day. As a young girl, Dr. Maria Lourdes “Ilou” [...]

Posted: June 20th, 2011 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Rizal, the Atenean

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IN JUNE 1872, 12-year-old Jose Rizal Mercado y Alonzo Realonda enrolled at the Ateneo Municipal de Manila in Intramuros. Rizal launched himself into studies that sharpened not only his capacity for critical thinking and discernment, but also his love for God and country. Five years later, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with [...]

Posted: June 19th, 2011 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Things you won’t ever know about Rizal

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Waiting for execution is not the best of times. Jose Rizal distracted himself from depression and self-pity by scribbling. But where are these papers today? Nobody knows. During his last meeting with his mother and sisters, he pointed to a small alcohol stove on his desk and whispered to one of his sisters, in English [...]

Posted: June 19th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Did you know

The rizal Law or Republic Act 1425, which requires Jose Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo” as compulsory reading in all schools, was enacted on June 12, 1956 to teach Filipino students nationalism. The main supporters of the law were former Senators Claro M. Recto and Jose P. Laurel. Schatzi Quodala, Inquirer Research

Posted: June 13th, 2011 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

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