DR. JOSE P. RIZAL, should he really be or not our National Hero?

Philippines
May 5, 2007 5:34am CST
For Filipinos out there, we all know this fact that Rizal is our foremost national hero. Presently, I am taking a Rizal course this summer term in the university and we almost have tackled different things all with regards to this hero. One article we have discussed said that Rizal should not be as such because he is not from the group of masses. He's an elite personality during his time. Other author also commented and justified that he should not be since he repudiated the revolution which for some other countries, their national hero was a leader of revolution. Nevertheless, his writings and other works and ideas have instilled into our minds that he is great. He made great impact on us even when we are young. Now this is the point, how do you really consider him as a hero? A national hero as we all know or just a plain hero and woud rather choose another persona to be our national hero? Go... Speak out and be a hero!!!
2 responses
@tombiz (2039)
• Philippines
9 Jul 07
the definition of a hero is not limited to where that person comes from, whether from the masses or elite. It never means using the violent path for gaining freedom. It is precisely on these notes that Rizal became the national hero because he appeals into the minds of the people even up to this generation.
• Philippines
29 May 07
Whether he's American-sponsored or not, the fact that He is a Filipino and he did great things to our country in peaceful means. Those things should be considered for him to be our national hero. And I'm proud that he is. He is still remembered for what he did and recently, his two great books Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo have been translated into English to be part of Penguin Classics collection, which is a prestigious classic literature collection. Cheers for our the Philippine National Hero! :)