- Posted June 19, 2011 by
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Today, June 19, 2011, is Father's Day. This day is also a very special day in the Philippines because we are celebrating the 150th birthday of Jose Rizal. Rizal is one the most famous national heroes in our country. He was an intellectual and he contributed a lot to the various fields of human endeavor. Rizal was a medical doctor, literary writer, newspaperman, scientist, folklorist, and social reformer. He championed non-violence in an era dominated by violent upheavals. He was born on June 19, 1861 and died on December 30, 1896 at the age of 35. If he had lived longer, he could have joined Mahatma Gandhi in advocating non-violent means to free the then colonized countries of the world. Rizal is my hero because I admire his genius and dedication to non-violence.
My friend- Robin Mercado accompanied me to the town where Jose Rizal was born- Calamba City. Rizal grew up as a kid in Calamba City. The city is located in Laguna Province, Philippines. The house wherein Rizal was born is now a historical shrine.
Parades were held in Calamba City honoring Rizal's 150th birthday. Rizal is being honored on his 150th birthday because he was one of the first Asians to struggle for democratic reforms, racial equality, freedom from colonial rule, social justice, and civil liberties. Rizal was also a champion of non-violence during the 19th century.
The Rizal Shrine (Rizal's residential house in Calamba) was decorated with ribbons, flags, flowers, Philippine national symbols, and banners. The city residents of Calamba braved the rains to join the celebration. Rizal's 150th birthday was actually celebrated all over the Philippines. Rizal is one of my favorite heroes.
Many of those who joined the parade in Calamba City were dressed in 19th century clothes. Though it rained heavily in many parts of the Philippines, Rizal's 150th birthday was happily celebrated and meditated upon by all freedom-loving Filipinos.