Rizal’s legacy transcends, nation commemorates PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 December 2011 13:52

By PRECIE CATHERINE C. CUARTO

Spaniards executed Dr. Jose Rizal on December 30, 1896. He stood on a spot wearing a decent black ensemble and hat, with unusual calmness. As he heard the signal, “Fuego!” he tried to turn halfway around fearlessly. Bullets laid him down on the ground, but his heroic achievements are forever given highest esteem by the nation.
This was shared by Peter Uckung of National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) in Friday’s episode of “Talking Points” radio program aired over Radyo ng Bayan and People’s Television-4.

According to Uckung, Rizal is ‘undoubtedly a hero’ because of his innumerable accomplishments, principles, intellect, bravery, and advocacy for non-violence.

Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo” are popularly known as his sole weapon which aimed to jolt his fellowmen to fight for institutional reforms such as equal rights for both Spanish and Filipino (Indios).

What’s more, Uckung said NHCP is promoting history awareness about Rizal by funding educational activities such as painting exhibition, photo contest, stamp design contest, and film productions that will especially interest the modern youth.

This year’s celebration of Rizal’s 150th birthday will culminate on the 30th of December, which will mark Rizal’s 115th death anniversary.

December 30 is a non-working holiday that was first declared by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo on December 20, 1898. National flags will be at half-mast from 12:00 noon on December 29 and all government offices shall be closed whole day on December 30. — PIA