Dr. José Rizal

1861 – 1896   Filipino Nationalist, Doctor, Artist, Author

Rizal could speak over 20 languages and was a gifted artist. He obtained a bachelor’s degree at the age of 16 and went on to study first surveying and then medicine in Spain, the colonial power in the Philippines at the time. He became a strong advocate for reforming Spanish rule of the Philippines. He toured Europe, writing and learning. His novels and other writings were enormously influential, but aroused much animosity among those in power for their scathing criticism of the Spanish regime and clergy. Following a failed Philippine revolution in 1896, Rizal was tried for treason on trumped-up charges. Although he had advocated against violent change, he was convicted and executed.

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