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JOSE RIZAL'S WRITINGS.
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19, 1861 Calamba, Laguna
Died December 30, 1896 Bagumbayan
( now the Luneta, Rizal Park,Manila )
Rizal's two books, the Noli Me Tangere and
the El Filibusterismo made him a marked man for the Spanish
friars. These books exposed the cruelty of the Spanish friars in
the Philippines, the defects of the Spanish administration, and
the vice of the clergy.
On December 26, 1896, after a mock trial, Rizal was sentenced to
die, allegedly for spreading the ideals of revolution.
He was executed by firing squad at Bagumbayan at sunrise on
December 30, 1896.
Rizal is remembered as an author, physician
(eye surgeon), and as Asia's first nationalist.
It was Rizal's dedication to his country
and his beliefs that makes Jose Rizal a PhilippineNational Hero.
The Manuscript Cover of NOLI ME TANGERE, designed by RIZAL
At the top, all that is best in Philippine life: woman,
symbolizing constancy, religious faith symbolized by
the tombstone, with a laurel (courage) and the flower
of the pomelo, worn by bride and groom at a wedding
and symbolizing purity
The words partly covered by the title are the secret, inner
dedication by Rizal to his parents, the complete text being
probably: 'A mis P(adres.) al escribir e(sta obra he estado) pensando
continuamente e(n vosotros que me) habeis
infundido los (primeros pensamientos) y las primeras ideas; a (vosotros
os dedi)co este manuscrito de me (joventud com p)rueba de amor. Berlin,
(21 de Febrero de) 1887.
To the left of the title, the flower mirasol, representing youth seeking
the sun. The author's name, meaning the green of renewal, mounting up
into the green of the most enduring of all Philippine trees, the bamboo.
At the bottom, all that is
worst in Philippine life: the helmet of the Civil Guard, the whip and
instruments of torture, and the foot of a friar.
The feeling for the spirit of Noli Me Tangere can be obtained by reading
Rizal's dedication to his most famous novel:
TO MY COUNTRY
catalogue of human ills there is to be found a cancer so malignant that
the least touch inflames it and causes
agonizing pains; afflicted with such a cancer, a social cancer, has your
dear image appeared to me, when, for my own
heart's ease or to compare you with others, I have sought, in the
centres of modern civilization, to call you to mind.
desirous of your welfare, which is also ours, and seeking the best cure
for your ills, I shall do with you
what was done in ages past with the sick, who were exposed on the steps
of the temple so that the worshippers,
having invoked the god, should each propose a remedy.
end, I shall endeavor to show your condition, faithfully and ruthlessly.
I shall lift a corner of the veil
which shrouds the disease, sacrificing to the truth everything, even
self-love --- for, as your son, your defects
and weaknesses are also mine.