Monday, December 30, 2013

What Makes Rizal a Hero?

"Wisdom of intellect" and "Wisdom of the will" could be considered as a vital factors for a Filipino to be called a hero, pointed out the speaker in special occasion.

Erle P. Arbado
Every year, every December 30 is nationally observed by the Filipino people as the death anniversary of Jose Rizal who was killed in the morning of December 30, 1886 by  musketry at the Bagumbayan (now Luneta) after he was found guilty of  rebellion by the Spanish government.

Erle P. Arbado, head of Aralin Panlipunan department of Dona Hortencia Salas Benedicto National High School was the invited speaker, addressing the patriots of La Carlota which is composed of the different sectors like the education, religious, government, students, and civic organization joined the entire nation in commemorating the 117th death anniversary of Rizal in a simple morning rites at the monument of the hero at the public plaza.

As a gratitude of Rizal's heroism, these sectors offered different baskets, bunches of flowers at the foot of Rizal's monument after a short program and cultural presentation of elementary schools and colleges, public and private.

Rizal Monument in La Carlota City
Rizal Monument in La Carlota City
Qualities of Rizal as a Hero

"Much have been said, much have been done to remember a Filipino - a hero, a person with the wisdom of the intellect, a person with the wisdom of the will," opened up Sir Erle P. Arbado in his message.

Sir Arbado considered Rizal as a hero for two important accounts in Rizal's lived and died for such as the historical ad the philosophical in giving justice to what he has done, on the same way would open the eyes of the people of the possibilities of things to happen in reality and likewise would inspire everyone to think to follow or to do the same given the opportunity.

He relayed how Rizal grew from childhood to adulthood and how he gained his education which made him a brilliant student and how he came up with his two patriotic novels, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibustersmo.

Stage in La Carlota public plaza
Rizal historically became a hero for his patriotism, optimism, undying love for his country and his belief in his countrymen who set him apart; his belief not merely in freedom but in the potential of the Filipino people to surpass what they were under the Spanish colonial government, and his wish for them to be given the chance to tap that potential. Thus Rizal earned his right place as a "symbol of what a Filipino can do in one short lifetime.

Philosophically, Rizal as a national hero justified the doubt of becoming a national hero by showing his nationalism, employing almost half of his life to serve his country and countrymen, deciphering the truth between the ghastly lies of those peole who tried to enslave his country and by doing that what he put on his own life on the line. He willingly and devotedly committed all that he has to help us, Filipinos.

"We are celebrating this very special day to remember how Jose Rizal, our national hero, sacrificed and forfeited himself in order to emancipate our dominated and enslaved motherland," concluded Sir Arbado.

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