Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal: For Science, Truth, And Life

By: Penn T Larena


When someone does good things for their country, such as Dr. Jose Rizal did, they are considered as Hero or patriots.

New design of Philippine Post Office (PHLPost) postage stamps for the 125th Death Anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, December 30, 2021, with the theme “Rizal: For Science, Truth, and Life.
New design of Philippine Post Office (PHLPost) postage stamps for the 125th Death Anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, December 30, 2021, with the theme “Rizal: For Science, Truth, and Life.

Dr. Jose Rizal loved Science; as an engineer, Rizal put his expertise to use in the waterworks system he built-in Dapitan. Returning to his academic life, Rizal got from Ateneo de Municipal's tiny expert surveyor. He broadened his knowledge by reading engineering-related publications, based on his experience as an engineer. As a result, despite the insufficiency of the equipment at his disposal, he was able to supply the province with a good water system and water irrigation.

Rizal was exiled to Dapitan soon after, where he spent four years. Rizal devoted himself to the study of nature during this time. Rizal was a passionate environmentalist. He collected countless species of birds, insects, butterflies, shells, snakes, and plants with the help of his Dapitan students. His shell collection was claimed to be the richest private conchology collection in the Philippines at the time. Rizal sent several specimens of animals, insects, and plants to a European museum for identification, driven by curiosity and a desire to contribute to the reservoir of scientific knowledge.

Rizal is the embodiment of truth and life.


Rizal had demonstrated that the pen is mightier than the sword, and he had fought the Spaniards without resorting to bloodshed. Rizal's pen may not have had an immediate impact, but it had a long-term impact that is still felt by Filipinos today. Dr. Jose Rizal became a national hero in the Philippines because he battled for freedom in a quiet but effective manner. Rather than using force or aggression, he communicated his love for the Philippines through his books, essays, and articles. Because he was capable of transforming the way Filipinos thought, Rizal is regarded as our greatest hero. At the time, he was a very prominent individual. He was modest about battling improvements through his essays rather than revolution.

He applied his intelligence, talents, and skills in a more peaceful rather than the aggressive manner, and he sacrificed his love life and his peace of mind for the cause of our country and the Filipino people.


By authoring his novel Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, he enlightens his people about their social standing, which is very useful right now since it allows us to reflect on what happened in our beloved motherland previously, as well as enlighten us on the importance of not allowing others to bind us.

In the end, Rizal is without a doubt the first to view himself and his motherland as a Filipino nation and to defend its independence from the colonizers. Rizal's self-sacrifice made him a national hero in the Philippines. He will live on as the heart of the Philippine revolution and national hero, and as the national hero of the Philippines, he will live on in the hearts of all Filipinos.

Order of the Knights of Rizal in Negros Oriental | Rizal Monument, Dumaguete City
Order of the Knights of Rizal in Negros Oriental | Rizal Monument, Dumaguete City

Jose Rizal is my hero, because of his selfless commitment to the welfare of his country. In his quote,

“he who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination”

This quote is like a public statement for all of us Filipinos. Having a Pinoy pride was started by

him.

I am proud to say that I am a Filipino, because of his talents he used them to the best of his ability for the good of our country. And I know we all have the same power and abilities to inspire ourselves for the good of our country.