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Why did Rizal become the Philippine National hero?

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stephanie tubbs

on 19 March 2014

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Why did Rizal become the Philippine National hero?

First of all, we should clarify the meaning if a hero to make it quite simple to understand how Rizal became a hero. A hero symbolizes goodness. Jose Rizal became the National hero because he fought from freedom in a silent but powerful way. He expressed his love for the Philippines through his novels, essays, articles and poems rather than a force of aggression.
He was a very amazing person at his time. He was humble,fighting for reforms through his writings instead of through a revolution. He used his intelligence, talents and skills in a for more peaceful way.
Rizal became a National Hero because he passed the criteria during the American period:
1. He must be Filipino.
2. He is already dead.
3. He displayed unconditional love for his country.
4. He was a low temper.
5. He had died dramatically.

Jose Rizal became a national hero of the Philippines as a reformist who advocated peacefully for liberty rather than violent means. He was forerunner of Gandhi and along with Sum Yat Sen and Tagone, the thought climate will change throughout Asia. His work and the work of others led to the attrition of colonialism.
Who Made Rizal Our Foremost National Hero?
Dr. Jose Rizal Mercado y Alonso, or simply Jose Rizal (1861-1896), is the greatest hero & martyr of our nation. The day of his birth & the day of his execution are fittingly commemorated by all classes of our people throughout the length & breadth of this country & even by Filipinos & their friends abroad. His name is a byword in every Filipino home while his picture adorns the postage stamp & paper money of widest circulation.
As the biographer Rafael Palma said, "The doctrines of Rizal are not for one epoch but for all epochs. They are as valid today as they were yesterday. This signifies the immortality of Rizal’s life, works, and genuine character. And as our beloved country’s National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal will be remembered, forever.
However, there are still some Filipinos who entertain the belief that Rizal is a "made-to-order" national hero, (one that personifies what we want to see in a person, or in a hero, for this matter) & that the maker or manufacturer in this case were the Americans, particularly Civil Governor William Howard Taft.
And lastly, we repeat the question "Who made Rizal the foremost hero of the Philippines?"
The answer is:
No single person or organization can be held responsible for making Dr. Jose Rizal our national hero. Rizal himself, his own people, and the foreigners all together contributed to make him the greatest hero and martyr of his people. This is because; Dr. Jose Rizal didn’t become our National Hero by way of traditional election. The fruits of his exceptional dedication and conviction to his life’s purpose are seen in our everyday lives. If he hadn’t, and among other note-worthy heroes of our history fought for our well-deserved freedom, maybe we’ll still be in the hands of our unjust captors. His “excellent qualities and merits” made him Our Foremost National Hero.
Rizal's legacy for the 21st century: Progressive Education, Social Entrepreneurship, and Community Development.
By: Floro Quibuyen
Progressive Education
The progressive school movement deconstructed the taken-for-gratnted idea that the school is an enclave where the student learns first and then later, after graduation gets a job and hopefully, becomes a productive member of the community. Against this notion, it advocated and practiced the principle that the school is an integral working and promoting the well-being of the community all at the same time. Rizal's school in Talisay may be viewed as one such "educational web".
Social Entrepreneurship
Rizal formed Dapitan's first farmers cooperative the Sociedad de Agriculturos Dapitanos (SAD), whee capital was to be provided by Sociosindustriales (Industrial Partners) and Socio Accionistas (Share Holders). January 1, 1895, the cooperative aimed to improve/promote agricultural products, obtain their profits for them, provide capital for the purchase of these goods and help to the extent possible the harvesters and laborers by means of a store where articles of basic necessity are sold at moderate prices.
Community Development
Rizal developed Dapitan's first park, complete with street lamps and a garden/flower relief map o the whole island of Mindanao. he built a one-doctor hospital, and paid his own money for the medical supplies and instruments. People of Dapitan are not charged of any consultation. A English man who came for consultation was charged 500 duros for the extraction of his cataract. The money was donated to Dapitan for the public lighting which they didn't have.
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