On this hallowed spot, scene of tragedy and glory, we hail the immortal spirit of Jose Rizal. Fifty years ago today this patriot sage joined the ranks of liberty’s martyrs. Fifty years ago, the brilliant flame of his life was violently snuffed out by imperial minions who did not comprehend…
“The power and good judgment of the woman of the Philippines are well known, and it is because of this that she has been hoodwinked, and tied, and rendered pusillanimous; and now her enslavers rest at ease, because so long as they can keep the Filipina mother a slave, so long will they be able to make slaves of her children.”
Dulces las horas en la propia patria Donde es amigo cuanto alumbra el sol, Vida es la brisa en sus campos vuela, Grata la muerte y mas tierno el amor !
Ardientes besos en los labios juegan, De una madre en el seno al despertar, Buscan los brazos a cenir al cuello, Y los ojos sonriense al mirar.
Dulce es la muerte por la propia patria, Donde es amigo cuanto alumbra el sol; Muerte es la brisa para quien no tiene Una patria, una madre y un amor!
Canto de Maria Clara. The Song of Maria Clara. This was one of the numerous poems by the man, our great hero, Jose Rizal who is celebrating his 150th birthday today.
This poem was reinvented and given a modern touch when Filipino Indie Pop Royalty The Camerawalls with their frontman Clementince Castro decided to make it as a song. This was included on their debut album.
December 19, 2011 marks the 150th birthday of Dr. Jose Rizal… our National Hero. While I was in college there had been a debate in our class regarding who our NATIONAL HERO should be. It was a choice between Andres Bonifacio and of course, Dr. Jose Rizal. It was a pretty long debate. I both admire…