Dr. Jose Protacio Mercado Rizal Alonzo y Realonda

Under the Spanish regime, the Philippines was a country in trouble. It was when several Spanish influences were shoved to the people that it had amalgamated their own unique ways of living. Moreover plaguing the people with questions pertaining to real identity; yet, only a few seemed to look for answers and even fewer to actually answer it. This was the era of feudalism, when the supremacy was in the mendicant Roman Catholic order. People lived in fear of those in power “terribly afraid of the consequences they'd face when they stand up to their obvious advances." To the eyes of a 21st century Filipino woman, it's a horrid time to be born on.
Yet, Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda's destiny was carved in the same stones as this "horrid time." So there's no denying that young Pepe had seen it all. As a child, he had seen his own mother play prey to this societal malady. A feat which may have transitioned his own ideologies to be set to the bitter realities he lived in. It was at this stage in his life that he had acquired his inspirations: his love for the country, God, family, justice, freedom, education, and language. And these childhood inspirations became the very foundations that had guided him in the coming years.
Together with the guidance of his childhood inspirations came a helping hand in Jose Rizal's development as an individual in the form of his older brother “ Paciano. Perhaps, more than any other person, Paciano had brought the most significant transformation in Jose's life that such a great man as Dr. Jose Rizal wouldn't have held the same esteem if it weren't for Paciano thrusting him into the very circumstances that had influenced his philosophies. An instance would be when Paciano urged for Jose to go to Europe to further his studies. And in there, specifically in Barcelona, Jose had written his first propaganda (to be sent to Manila for publication) which was the "'Ang Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lup...

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Prior to his enrollment in this prominent learning institution, his older brother Paciano Rizal Mercado, insisted that Jose drop the surname “Mercado”, to ensure that the younger Mercado would be disassociated with the outspoken and borderline subversive reputation of his older brother. As such, the young man known as Jose Protacio Rizal enrolled at the Ateneo Municipal de Manila.

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Jose Protacio "Pepe" Mercado Rizal is the Philippine national hero, whose writings inspired the Filipino movement for freedom from Spanish rule. More here: .

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Today is the 118th anniversary of the execution of our National Hero Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal. We all know from his life story that Rizal was an ophthalmologist, a novelist, a journalist and a revolutionary. His most famous books are Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. If Dr. Rizal were alive today, he’d probably be a columnist writing with the top newspapers in Manila and yes… a revolutionary, seeking for political reforms, after all, Dr. Rizal was an “Illustrado” or an enlightened or educated Filipino.

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Jose Protacio "Pepe" Mercado Rizal is the Philippine national hero, whose writings inspired the Filipino movement for freedom from Spanish rule. More here: .

Dr Jose Protacio Rizal was born in the town of Calamba, Laguna on 19th June 1861

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The Mercado family enjoyed relative wealth as landowners who rented the land of theirhacienda to the Dominican friars in Laguna. Hence, education was a priority for the Mercado family and young Jose Protacio was sent to learn from Justiniano Aquino Cruz, a tutor from nearby Binan, Laguna. But the education of a small town and a tutor did not sufficiently quench the young man’s thirst for knowledge and soon, the family began to make preparations for his admission to the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, in the capital of the Philippines.