Chapter 1: “Advent of a National Hero”
Dr. Jose Rizal is a unique example of a many-splendored genius who become the greatest hero of a nation. He was endowed by God with versatile gifts, he truly ranked with the world’s geniuses. He was a physician ( ophthalmic surgeon ) poet, linguist, musician , dramatist , naturalist , ethnologist , surveyor, engineer , farmer businessman, economist, geographer, cartographer , bibliophile , philologist , grammarian , folklorist , Philosopher, translator, inventor, magician, humorist, satirist, polemicist, sportsman, traveler and prophet. Jose Rizal was born June 19 1861 on the moonlit night of Wednesday, in the town of the lakeshore town of Calamba, ...view middle of the document...
He was the greatest Filipino hero and peerless genius. Concepcion was the sixth oldest sister but she was died at the age of 3, Josefa was the seventh oldest sister, Trinidad was eight oldest sister and last Soledad was the youngest. Rizal loves to play with her sisters. Rizal was immortalized him in his first novel Noli me tangere as the wise philoso tasio. In the letter to blumentriit , written in the London on 1888, he was regarded Paciano as “the most noble of Filipino” and “though an Indio” In Rizal's Ancestry Rizal was called “The Great Malayan” actually had Negrito, Malay, Chinese, Japanese and Spanish blood Predominantly, he was a Malayan , In the Rizal's Surname In 1731, Domingo Lamco adopted the surname “Mercado” (market)In 1849, Gov. Gen. Claveria ordered all Filipinos to adopt Spanish surnames Francisco adopted the surname “Rizal” Was suggested by the provincial governor, who was a family friend and Originally “Ricial” In Spanish, it means “green fields” Prophetic according to Leon Ma. Guerrero: “a field where wheat, cut while still in green, sprouts again.” Only Jose used the surname Rizal until 1891.
The Rizal Family was a good and middle class family, In the Middle class family the Rizal family belonged to the principalia Had a large stone house Owned a carjuahe (carriage) Had a private library with more than 1,000 books Sent their children to colleges in Manila and the Rizals home A two-storey building Built of adobe stones and hard woods Roofed with red The rebuilt Rizal house tiles
Chapter 2: “Childhood years in Calamba”
Jose Rizal had many beautiful memories of childhood in his native town. He grew up in a happy home, rule by good parents bubbling with joy, and sanctified by God’s blessings. His natal town of Calamba. Filled with parental affection, impregnated with family joys, and sanctified by prayers. In the midst of such peaceful, refined, God-loving family, he spent the early years of his childhood. In the Calamba, “Cradle of a Genius” Rizal loved Calamba with all his heart and soul. In 1876, when he was 15 years old and was a student in Ateneo, He remembered his beloved town. Accordingly, he wrote a poem Un Recuerdo a Mi Pueblo (In Memory of My Town)
In the Earliest Childhood Memories, The first memory of Rizal, in his infancy, was his happy days in the family garden when he was three years old because he was a frail, sickly and undersized child and he was given the tenderest care by his parents. His father was built a little Nipa cottage in the garden for him to play in the day time, and another childhood memory was the daily Angelus prayer. By nightfall, Rizal related, his mother gathered all the children at the house to pray the Angelus.With nostalgic feeling, he also remembered the happy moonlit nights at the azotea after the rosary, The aya related stories to Rizal children many stories about fairies; tales of buried treasure and trees with blooming diamonds, and other fabulous stories....