A man who have instilled in his heart since his childhood a passion for his own country and was forged through time and the Filipino life under Spanish colonization continues to fire his passion for his country with God as his guide Dr. Jose Rizal become the national hero and considered father of Philippine nationalism was born on June 19 1861. He was the seventh son of the eleven children of a rich family of Francisco Engracio Rizal Mercado y Alejandro and Teodora Alonso Realonda de Quintos who lived in Calamba, Laguna.
Though have been known as American sponsored National Hero contending his fellow Andres Bonifacio, Jose Rizal’s life continues to inspire Filipinos of yesterday and even for tommorrow which enrich a sense of being a Filipino.
Through his writings specially with his two novels – Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo have sculpted into the Filipino spirit a sense of dignity, love for country and for freedom.
He may discouraged the organization of the revolution while he was exiled in Dapitan and have planned to go to Guam to distance himself his arrest being accused as originator of the revolution that leads to his execution did escape it but rather face it with honor to die for his country that sparks revolutionary spirit to pursue the fullness of Philippine nationalism.