- Posted November 25, 2008 by
Quezon City, Philippines
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Who is your hero?
"Adios, Patria Adorada"
"Adios, Patria Adorada", is one of the phrases that can be linked to one of my heroes.
Im talking about Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. He made the necessary waves to change the whole Filipino community back in the late 1800s. He was executed in 1896 for writing against the Spanish colonizers.
He was not born as a revolutionizer but rather he lived a normal life, became an eye doctor but he was aware of the tyrants at work thus, he wrote against the oppressors. He did not raise any arms nor fought battles but he used his pen and brains to open the eyes of his countrymen.
His most powerful works were the "Noli Me Tangere" (Touch me not) and "El Filibusterismo" (The Filibuster) which were very symbolic against the Spaniards and the Hispanicized Filipinos.
After being executed, thought to be a tiny pebble that was disposed by the Spanish thrown to the sea, caused waves that lead to the downfall of the tyrants.
He is given honor in different places such as Seattle, Canada, Madrid, Wilhelmsfeld, New Jersey, San Diego, Peru and Singapore.
"There can be no tyrants where there are no slaves"