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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: ‘Amboy’ or home-made hero?

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President Aquino troops the line during the flag-raising rites on the 115th death anniversary of national hero Jose Rizal at Rizal Park in Manila on Friday. Rizal was sentenced to die by firing squad by the Spanish colonial government after he was convicted of treason for advocating independence and of sedition for inciting armed revolution. EDWIN BACASMAS

One hundred and fifteen years after Jose Rizal was executed by the Spanish colonial regime, controversy still rages as to whether he was a reformist or a revolutionary. Rizal is immensely influential to generations of Filipinos.  How he is viewed can help define the course of our history. In his Rizal Day Lecture on Dec. [...]

Posted: December 31st, 2011 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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