Profession: Filipino Nationalist and Novelist
Why Famous: Rizal, is remembered as great hero and the voice of the Filipino people during colonization by the Spaniards in the late 19th century. He fought for peaceful reforms through his writings while exposing the ills that beset the country.
A prolific writer, he wrote his novels "Noli Me Tangere" and "El Filibusterismo" to expose the ills of Philippine society; government corruption, abuse; and on a larger scale, the effects of colonization on people's lives.
Rizal was arrested and convicted on charges of rebellion, sedition, and conspiracy that lead his execution in 1896. Now revered as a national hero Rizal's novels are standard texts in Filipino schools.
- 1896-12-30 Filipino Nationalist Jose Rizal (35) weds girlfriend Josephine Bracken (20) before his execution in Fort Santiago, Manila
- 1892-07-06 Jose Rizal forms La Liga Filipina in Manila
- 1896-10-06 Filipino nationalist Jose Rizal is arrested en route to Cuba via Spain and imprisoned in Barcelona
- 1896-12-30 Filipino nationalist José Rizal is executed by firing squad in Manila by the Spanish