Did Dr. Jose Rizal deserve to be a national hero?

Dr. Jose P. Rizal is a hero, yes, but was he worthy to be considered as our national hero? In my own opinion, he only became a hero because his family was rich and famous. They were rich that he had a private tutor. So rich that he was sent to Manila to study to prestigious school and even sent to Spain to widen his wisdom.  Because of his family’s fortune, he also gained friends and among them were very well-known and were respected to the society. Without his family’s money, he would not be able to prosper and improved himself hence, was able to see the disparity between the rich and the poor and even witnessed the maltreatment of the friars against the Filipinos including the abuses of the Spanish officials who was then running our country.

On the other hand, we might as well consider him as a national hero because he’s a multifaceted individual both through the mind and manipulative areas, not to mention his inherit character and the love to people, especially to the poor.  His sensitivity to the needs of others was overwhelming as evidenced by his sincere services to the people as doctor, engineer, teacher, artist, farmer and the like.  He fought through his pen, books and knowledge. He did not fight through guns and swords. With the articles he has written, of which most of the topics discussed were all about slavery and abused, he has touched lives, awakened the people, but also provoked the Spaniards thus sent him to jail. But even then, he was still fighting, not for himself or for his family, but more for his people, for us through his ideas, through poems and other written articles.

But whether a national hero or not, he did a very good job for us considering the fact that he had set us all free from slavery and better education. He’s a very good example and an inspiration to us, most specially to students because of his intelligence and boldness. He was not a traitor. He had faced death with boldness. He had proven the saying that goes, ”A pen is mightier than sword”. 

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23 Responses to “Did Dr. Jose Rizal deserve to be a national hero?”

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  2. Dexter Dave Lomarda Says:

    YES, He deserve to be our national hero… He deserves all the recognition and the importance given to him by the filipino people, in fact todays society are giving him less commemoration to what he really earn, judging by the magnitude of his influence and contribution to the history of the Philippines…He is admired not only by the Filipinos but all the freedom loving people of the world. He is the national hero of the Philippines because He lived not only by the point of view of a common Filipino of his time but he lived as a person with the mentallity of a free son of man. and finally he is our national hero because He possesed one trait that no other hero of his time have… the perfect life and a perfect death in perfect timing, theres no other Local hero of that time that has the same impact as Dr. José Rizal have to the Filipino People of that time…

  3. Nagie Codia Says:

    well yah..he’s a really great person..a genius indeed..a perfect example for the Filipino youth…but i dont think that there should be sects that worship him..he’s not God..he’s just a good example for everyone…right..?

  4. Jielah Niña Itao Says:

    Uhm, for me he’s not really deserving unlike Bonifacio who deserved to be respested and honored more than Rizal. Because Bonifacio came from a poor family who really experienced the abuses done by the Spaniards while Rizal lived a happy and comfortable life and went to different places to study. Rizal didn’t want the Philippines to be free from the Spanish colonizers but rather to be a province of it, he only thought about himself and other Spanish mestizos like him to be fair with the Spaniards. So, as we can obviously conclude that Rizal did not faught for the independence of the Philippines, but Bonifacio did! Rizal is also not a good model to us Filipinos, because he’s a womanizer. And besides the Americans chose Rizal to be our national hero instead of Bonifacio because Rizal didn’t oppose the government like Bonifacio did who faught for his principle and right. Now, you decide., who should be worthy to be our national hero? Rizal? or Bonifacio?

  5. Lhady zsutiL Says:

    **hi??gud morn’n..**

    **i juz want 2 know that??**

    **y doctor jose rizaL**

    **iz ouyr nationaL hero??**

  6. Elizabeth Buntag Says:

    Jose Rizal is our national hero because he’s a multifaceted individual both through the mind and manipulative areas, not to mention his inherit character and the love to people, especially to the poor. His sensitivity to the needs of others was overwhelming as evidenced by his sincere services to the people as doctor, engineer, teacher, artist, farmer and the like. He fought through his pen, books and knowledge. He did not fight through guns and swords. With the articles he has written, of which most of the topics discussed were all about slavery and abused, he has touched lives, awakened the people, but also provoked the Spaniards thus sent him to jail. But even then, he was still fighting, not for himself or for his family, but more for his people, for us through his ideas, through poems and other written articles. He sacrificed many things including his own life just for us to be freed from colonial rule.

  7. Janette Sturm Says:

    hello. may i know what’s your last name? i used this article for my project in our history class. and i need your full name. thank you so much..

  8. Arjohn Poquiz Says:

    Rizal as a hero, but more than that, the greatest national hero of the philippines was a genius, the philippine is very lucky because we have rizal that will defend our country in a way of cognitive thinking, by his pens and by his god given talent as an individual. This is true, because when you are debating you should not have deadly weapons to lose your opponent, just words ! order in the court !

  9. katrina thu Says:

    i bet u should read the article WHO MADE JOSE RIZAL OUR NATIONAL HERO, AND WHY by Esteban A. de Ocampo..

    “he only became a hero because his family was rich and famous”. i don’t think that’s justifiable.. national heroes are not national heroes because of their wealth and political connections.. if u should know, even people from other countries salute him. there are even foreign biographers who write about rizal’s life and achievements.. he was a threat to the colonizers because he was cunning. he didn’t fight with the sword unlike bonifacio and the others.. in fact, the revolution prepared by bonifacio was only the consequence brought about by the pen of rizal. if u only knew what he went through and what his sacrifices were just for our freedom, u would regret having said that statement.. i really believe he is worthy of being our national hero :)

  10. nhies Says:

    bakit ba pinagtatalunan pa yan eh tapos na huhu badtrip nga yan eh.,.,,,,,, haist pero thanks sa info.,,,. na nakuha kon sa mga coment nio

  11. ellebz Says:

    is rizal deserve us our national hero?

    kindly answer..thanks i just need comments and opinions…

  12. ellebz Says:

    rizal deserve us our national hero?

    kindly answer..thanks i just need comments and opinions…

  13. ken Says:

    are u sure he is the one who died in the laguna park? probably someone a duplicate beacuse media and photographs of a certain person are not yet known at that time.what else he is so smart to right a head hi biography and and enjoying life and school in spain.just imagine know what are politicians and rich people before they still the same as now.haha we just get fucked by a chinese filipino guys who loves writing.just think it again does he deserved to be our national hero or try to review evrything.I can see all the flaws of him..come on filipino’s try to review evrything again.i can so much flows but iam not ganna tell it all yet.

  14. "dyosa" Says:

    To Ken: ur definitely right ! I guess some writers and historians made exaggeration on writing about Rizal’s life story to make it more appealing to readers. I doubt his “too much” intelligence, even Aristotle was not. haha

  15. joer Says:

    @ Ken : had you read the Rizal’s diary? Rizal himself clearly stated that photography was existed in his era. And had you gone through Rizal’s residence house at calamba Laguna? just try to visit and check out his black and white photos hanged and displayed by his relatives in there.

  16. cyrene Says:

    he deserved to be our national hero, because we know what he did for us to give our freedom to live in our own country, to live peacefully no doubt feeling,to live comfortable…

  17. beverly endaya Says:

    i think rizal deserves to be our national hero because come to think of it even though at his time there is discrimination he still fight for the right of every Filipino, he didn’t mind about what Spaniard could do to him …he do work and publish his work for the Filipinos to enlighten their mind and saw the corruption that the Spaniard do, even though he knew the possible consequences of his action

  18. reynante madronio Says:

    For me Rizal really deserved to be our national hero because he fought for freedom in a silent but powerful way. He expressed his love for the Philippines through his novels, essays and articles rather than through the use of force or 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 more peaceful way rather than the aggressive way.

  19. reynante madronio Says:

    To make it quite simple to understand how Rizal become one First of all we should clarify the meaning of a hero ……..

  20. Abbiegail Esmabe Says:

    i nid 100 reason why rizal become a national hero! help me plz….????????????????

  21. jarhanlino123 Says:

    tnxs 4 ur blog

  22. renato paquibot Says:

    Ang-ang di ! Mao gud na gitudlo ni ma’am sukad grade 1. Unya usbon diay? dako kaayo gasto magreprint og libro oi.Pasagdahi nalang na gud. kamo gyud!

  23. dona LY Says:

    tnks. for da info. mi masasagot na dn aq. hehe

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