The Rizal Family was considered one of the biggest families during their time. They’re also one of the richest families in their hometown, the fact that JPRizal was able to study medicine in Europe (he was secretly supported by his brother Paciano) tells us already that the family was well-off. He travelled to Madrid alone in May 1882 and studied at the Universidad Central de Madrid where he earned the degree, Licentiate in Medicine. The said university still exist today. I would love to visit my friend Lui in Madrid someday and tour the many beautiful places they offer. It’s like a trip into history. If you’re visiting Spain, check out Madrid Hotels In Destinia (2) for all your hotel accommodations.
Going back to our topic, I am really amazed with the life and works of our national hero. If time travel is true, I would love to go back to his time and stalk him big time to find out if everything written about him is true. He was quite a guy. History says his good manners and warm personality were found irresistible by women of all races with whom he had personal contacts with – name them, Leonor Rivera, Nelly Boustead, Josephine Bracken, Seisan, Gertrude Beckett etc. His intelligence and humility gained him the respect and admiration of prominent men of other nations and his courage to fight for equal rights for Filipinos were feared by his enemies.
He was a polymath with the ability to master various skills and subjects. He was an ophthalmologist, sculptor, painter, educator, farmer, historian, playwright and journalist. Besides poetry and creative writing, he has expertise in architecture, cartography, economics, ethnology, anthropology, sociology, dramatics, martial arts, fencing and pistol shooting. Wow. I mean WOW!!!! Sounds too good to be true, right? If I put all his achievements in a RESUME, you’ll be quite amazed.
Can you find another Filipino who achieved more than what he has achieved in life? No doubt, he was a genius and he loved our country, he fought for its freedom in a very silent way. He expressed his love for his countrymen through writing novels and other paper works. Well, a lot of us can do that too! But then it’s different during that time. This is not a question whether he deserve to be our National Hero or not. It’s just that for me, my idea of a hero is someone who uses force, weapon and bloodshed. LOL. This is what you’ll get from watching too many movies, I guess. I read somewhere that we won the ‘title’ because he “underwent a heroic death” unlike others who got sick. Could he be just overrated? I’ll leave that to you dear readers.
Don’t you dare get me wrong here, I have the highest respect for him and I believe, he’s the greatest and the most prominent man of the Filipino people.