Aquino declares June 19 as special non-working day in Calamba, Laguna in marking birth anniversary of Rizal

June 16, 2012 1:06 am 

MANILA, June 15 — President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared June 19 which falls on a Tuesday as a special (non-working day) in the city of Calamba in Laguna in celebration of the 151st birth anniversary of national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

The Chief Executive issued the declaration through Proclamation No. 399 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on June 6 to give the people of Calamba the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies

Born on June 19, 1861, José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda became the most prominent Filipino nationalist for advocating reforms by peaceful means rather than by violent revolution in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era.

Rizal’s execution on December 30, 1896 made him a martyr of the Philippine Revolution.

Rizal was the seventh of eleven children and belonged to a wealthy family in the town of Calamba, Laguna.

He attended the Ateneo Municipal de Manila and graduated Bachelor of Arts. He took up medicine and Philosophy and Letters at the University of Santo Tomas (UST).

Rizal traveled alone to Madrid, Spain, where he continued his studies at the Universidad Central de Madrid and earned the degree of Licentiate in Medicine. He also enrolled at the University of Paris and earned a second doctorate at the University of Heidelberg.

Aside from being conversant in at least 10 languages, Rizal was a poet, essayist, diarist, correspondent, and novelist.

His most famous works were his two novels, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.

As a prominent political figure, Rizal was the founder of La Liga Filipina in 1892, a civic organization that subsequently led to the organization of Kataas-taasang, Kagalang-galang na Katipunan ng̃ mg̃á Anak ng̃ Bayan led by Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Aguinaldo. (PNA)

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