Remembering José Rizal

A program about the National Hero of the Philippines
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A series of presentations by various scholars and writers on José Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines.


Welcome/Halina-  Mitchell Yangson (Librarian of the Filipino American Center)

  • Jose Rizal: A Video Collage by Karen Llagas
  • Rizal as a Boy Poet: Questions about Sa Aking Kabata by Dr. Penelope Flores
  • Letter to the Women of Maolos by Maria Beebe
  • Belle Lettres: Rizal's Handwriting by Ralph Zackheim
  • Kundiman ni Rizal performed by Nicole James, soprano
  • Rizal Presentation by Joi Barrios
  • La Ultimo Adios & Huling Paalam by Edwin Lozada and Michael Gonzalez
  • Mutya ng Pasig (Antonio Molina, arr. Bayani de Leon) performed by Theresa Colpotura
  • Tango ni Rizal performed by Theresa Colpotura and Myke Gonzalez

About Jose Rizal, the National Hero of the Philippines:

Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonzo
was born on June 19, 1861 to Teodora Alonzo
and Francisco Mercado Rizal, in the town of
Calamba, Laguna, a province a few kilometers
from Manila. As a young child, Jose exhibited an
early precocity that his parents and peers
recognized. First taught by his mother Teodora
Alonzo, Jose blossomed as a gifted student in
the local parish school which he quickly outgrew.
His poem well known to Filipino school children,
Sa Aking Mga Kabata was written when he was
barely nine-years old. At the age of sixteen, he
earned his B.A. from Ateneo de Manila. In 1882,
already an accomplished poet, he left for Madrid
to study medicine and philosphy. He received his
medical license in 1884, traveled around Europe
to specialize in optomology and Philippine
history. In 1887, his first novel, Noli Me Tangere
was published. Later in 1891, his second novel,
El Filibusterismo was published. In the same year
he established the La Liga Filipina reform group
along with other illustrados and Bonifacio. Soon
after Bonifacio founded the Katipunan.

Accused of anti-Church views, Rizal was exiled to
Dapitan where he resided until 1896. In August,
when the Katipunan revolt had began. Rizal
volunteered to serve in Cuba but was arrested,
imprisoned enroute and returned to Manila
where he was falsely tried for treason and
executed on December 30. He was thirty-five.

Sponsored by the Filipino American Center.

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