Fact: Rizal’s birthday, 19th of June, 1861, lies on the day of Wednesday .

This is how we have to celebrate Jose Rizal’s birthday today on June 19, 1861. But what I know about Jose Rizal? He should be our hero for our country. Maybe I am mistaking by which some of the historians didn’t accept his works. His propaganda works of Noli me Tangere and El Filibusterismo is purely dedicated for the Filipinos today. If I am in his place, I would probably do the same thing he do for the beloved Philippines. We are fighting for our freedom and true blood of Southeast Asian country as a Filipino.

I really loved Jose Rizal’s writings. Probably those who can’t read his novels are differently from our language. During his time, his writings were in Spanish language that time, thus his novels became Spanish as well.

I would love to fall in love in Spanish era. During their times, our generation wouldn’t better than his generation. I will be walking in the hacienda. Hacienda was his parents’ business back then. Knowing his literature, I am surely dedicate to be part of the Philippines literature as as well. Aside from the literature I am love to fall in love is William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is one the best writer in his time. Thus, his generation passed. So as Jose Rizal’s generation also passed. Many people predicted many outcomes will happen again in the future. But true democracy is what we have here as our freedom. Freedom for our Philippines to be open as one of a kind will be surely granted in other countries as well.

Who could forget Lea Salonga, our sensation internation superstar in her time? Lea contributed her time in broadway hits, Miss Saigon. And why could we say that Little Mermaid is her time also. Now we have our little Jessica Sanchez is rising her occasion as the one of our beloved promising singer today. From what she achieved as only runner-up in American Idol 10. She will be captured in our hearts today. Jessica, you are still the champion in American Idol. As you can see, your world surprises us as a Filipino. Jose Rizal contributed his part, so are you also. We will be having a new sensation in our days of our lives.

When saying about things is also our part of our culture, to be honest, proud and dedicated Filipinos we are now today. We bring our hopes and faiths that thousand Filipinos are marching to serve our Philippines today. And who could forget Ferdinand Magellan who discovered the Philippines that we have today. If he didn’t discover us, we would be like another country to have a burden democracy in other countries that is now today. People are very understandable and consideration for our talents. We, Filipinos, are still young and hunger for our glory. We accept the losses. In the next battle, we stand up again and fight for our dreams what we have now. Don’t be afraid as we have now. To be part of our archipelago of Philippines, we are still hoping that our nation will rise again occasionally. President Noynoy Aquino have working on his part, then what are we doing now. Is that the Philippines we are looking now? Jose Rizal have once said, “nasa kabataan ang pag-asa.”

It is true what Rizal said in the past that he is looking for us to change and be part of our nation history. We are united as one, and as the one nation stands for, we are the Filipinos would change if PNoy do his part. We could change also. People are different now. No matter what we stand now, no matter what richer or poorer we are. We are still better nation in the Asian History. Ferdinand Marcos also did his part to change our nation changed. As he is exiled, I understand why he left us to change more in the history events. Rizal, in his part, he would love to change our nation to change also. Corazon Aquino also did her part to have revolutionized the People Power that time.

And I am born during 1981, the depicted time that Marcos lifted up Martial Law for Pope John Paul II was here. Times changed when Ninoy Aquino was assassinated. People would believe that Marcos did is for the discipline. If we did not follow, we would be killed in other times of reign of other countries. I love the Philippines from above to bottom. If I were in Jose Rizal’s time, I would fight for our freedom to change. Change that we have now, a modern and technology age.

As one rising not so good writer, I would do the same as for Jose Rizal of his time. And I will do my best one of promising land we have now. I am fighting for the good dreams will be follow, and no matter what small things are to come. There are always new doors to open for me to change the Philippines society. This is how I am today and how I am proud as a different person. As having down syndrome in my life, I accept any challenges to come and I will do the same as Jose Rizal in his time.

Biography from Wikipedia:

José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda (June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896), was a Filipino polymath, patriot and the most prominent advocate for reform in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. He is regarded as the foremost Filipino patriot and is listed as one of the national heroes of the Philippines by the National Heroes Committee. His execution by the Spanish in 1896, a date marked annually as Rizal Day, a Philippine national holiday, was one of the causes of the Philippine Revolution. Rizal was born to a rich family in Calamba, Laguna and was the seventh of eleven children. He attended the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, earning a Bachelor of Arts, and enrolled in medicine at the University of Santo Tomas. He continued his studies at the Universidad Central de Madrid in Madrid, Spain, earning the degree of Licentiate in Medicine. He also attended the University of Paris and earned a second doctorate at the University of Heidelberg. Rizal was a polyglot conversant in twenty-two languages. He was a prolific poet, essayist, diarist, correspondent, and novelist whose most famous works were his two novels, Noli me Tangere and El filibusterismo. These social commentaries on Spanish rule formed the nucleus of literature that inspired peaceful reformists and armed revolutionaries alike. As a political figure, José Rizal was the founder of La Liga Filipina, a civic organization that subsequently gave birth to the Katipunan led by Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Aguinaldo. He was a proponent of achieving Philippine self-government peacefully through institutional reform rather than through violent revolution, although he would support “violent means” as a last resort. Rizal believed that the only justification for national liberation and self-government is the restoration of the dignity of the people, saying “Why independence, if the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow?” The general consensus among Rizal scholars is that his execution by the Spanish helped to bring about the Philippine Revolution.

Family of Jose P. Rizal:

His parents, Francisco Engracio Rizal Mercado y Alejandro (1818–1897) and Teodora Alonso Realonda de Quintos, were prosperous farmers who were granted lease of a hacienda and an accompanying rice farm by the Dominicans. Rizal was the seventh child of their eleven children namely: Saturnina (Neneng) (1850–1913), Paciano (1851–1930), Narcisa (Sisa) (1852–1939), Olimpia, Lucia (1857–1919), María (Biang) (1859–1945), José Protasio (1861–1896), Concepción (Concha) (1862–1865), Josefa (Panggoy) (1865–1945), Trinidad (1868–1951) and Soledad (Choleng) (1870–1929).

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