A modernised Jose Rizal museum will open in Calamba, Laguna today, marking the 154th anniversary of the national hero’s birth.
The museum will feature exhibitions including interactive technologies narrating the life of Rizal from childhood, through his education, as well as his extensive travels abroad.
Highlights of the exhibit will be a new bronze sculpture by artist Julie Lluch depicting Rizal as a scholar and patriot.
The new museum will also feature e-learning facilities where students can access online history lessons about Rizal as well as many other Filipino heroes.
His life in brief:
José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda, widely known as José Rizal; June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896), was a Filipino nationalist and polymath during the tail end of the Spanish colonial period of the Philippines.
An ophthalmologist by profession, Rizal became a writer and a key member of the Filipino Propaganda Movement which advocated political reforms for the colony under Spain.
He was executed by the Spanish colonial government for the crime of rebellion after the Philippine Revolution, inspired in part by his writings, broke out. Though he was not actively involved in its planning or conduct, he ultimately approved of its goals which eventually led to Philippine independence.
He is widely considered one of the greatest heroes of the Philippines and has been recommended to be so honoured by an officially empaneled National Heroes Committee.
However, no law, executive order or proclamation has been enacted or issued officially proclaiming any Filipino historical figure as a national hero. He was the author of the novels Noli Me Tángere and El filibusterismo, as well as a number of poems and essays.