Ika-157 kaarawan na ni Gat Jose Rizal (It's Rizal's 157th birthday). As always, you're reading KOOLturang Pinoy so we won't bore you with historical details, just some fun info about our national hero with some photographs to boost.
On this battlefield man has no better weapon than his intelligence, no other force but his heart.
Do you know why Rizal could be referred to as a polymath (a person of wide-ranging intelligence or learning)? Jose Rizal was all of these...
- a scientist
- a poet
- a polyglot (he was conversant in up to 22 languages)
- a writer
- a sculptor (artist)
- let us presume that he was also good in math because he was able to finish a medical course.
Enjoy some photographs below (make sure to hover on each photo to read the captions) --
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Fast Facts about Rizal:
1. His full name was Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda
2. His nickname was Pepe
3. Famous novels were Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo
4. Birthdate: June 19, 1861
5. Death date: December 30, 1896
6. The story about The Moth and the Lamp pretty much sums up Rizal's personality.
7. He experimented with hashish when he was 18 years old. This is a hallucinogen that could be bought (just like cocaine, heroin, and morphine) over the counter back in their day. This he did for scientific purposes (sure, Pepe, sure).
8. Three animal species were named after him - Apogonia Rizali (a small beetle), Draco Rizali (a type of flying dragon), and Rachophorous Rizali (a type of toad).
9. It was Richard Kissling, a Swiss sculptor, who was commissioned to design Rizal's monument.
10. Rizal had to pawn his sister Saturnina's ring when he was studying in Spain. He did this to pay for his exams.
Alfonso, R. (2016, December 30). 6 facts about Jose Rizal that's sure to make you say 'how to be you po, doc?' Retrieved June 19, 2018, from http://pop.inquirer.net/2016/12/6-facts-jose-rizal-that-sure-make-you-say-how-to-be-you/
FilipiKnow. (2018, June 18). 36 Amazing Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Jose Rizal. Retrieved June 19, 2018, from https://filipiknow.net/jose-rizal-facts/
FilipiKnow. (2018, June 01). 9 Reasons Why Rizal Was Just As Human As The Rest Of Us. Retrieved June 19, 2018, from https://filipiknow.net/the-human-side-of-jose-rizal/
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