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Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Jose Rizal, National Hero of the Philippines

Dr. Jose P. Rizal, was born on June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Laguna. His advocacy for reforms in the Philippines under the hands of Spanish colonial authorities led to his early death at the age of 36. He was executed in Bagumbayan, now called Luneta, in Manila on December 30, 1896.

But his death meant much more for the Filipinos. It sparked the revolution in the country against the Spanish government, which ruled Las Islas Filipinas (now the Philippines) from 1565 to 1898. Rizal inspired the nation to be born.

This year (2011) marks the 150th anniversary of Rizal's death. Read more...

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