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            Should Jose Rizal be the Philippine's national hero? Maybe, it depends on what we mean by national hero. If we define a hero as one who overcomes challenges that would break other people and did it with class and dignity, then yes I nominate him. Rizal is more than the greatest hero of the Filipino people; he is more than the greatest man, the Malayan race has produced; in truth he is one of the world's greatest personalities. Most of the Filipino people know about the story of Rizal, of his honesty an dlove for the Filipino people. he was a patriot, physician, and a man of letters whose life and literary works were an inspiration to the Philippines Nationalist Movement.
             Now you might heard that he was shot by the Spaniards. Why did Spain shoot Rizal? Because he was found guilty of encouraging his countrymen to take up arms and secure their independence.
             He was then arrested for writing a powerful novel that inspired many people to fight against the Spanish. This novel describes the social conditions, the life, the beliefs, the hopes, desires and gried of the Filipino people. Rizal didn't just write about how things were in hsi time. He wrote about the past and the future. He wrote of the Philippines before the coming of the Spaniards, and he wrote about the Philippines a century from where he was, based on his grasp of events. In this biogrpahy you will learn about Jose Rizal's life before the Spanish executed him. It includes his early childhood, education, jobs, and ambitions. You will also learn about the last hours of his life which will include his struggles toward his goals.
             Jose Rizal, the seventh child of Francisco mercado and Teodora Alonso Y Quintos was born in Calamba Laguna on June 19, 1861. Jose Rizal was a native of the island of Luzaon, of which Manila is the capital. He was therefore a Malay, with the brown complexion, black eyes and straight, black hair which are the physical characteristics of his race.