Today is the commemoration of the 113 th death anniversary of Jose Rizal, the National Hero. There are suggestions that there should be no
observance of Rizal Day on the date of his death.
The old picture of Jose Rizal's execution
This is the Execution monument of Jose Rizal in Luneta.
Something is wrong with the monument. I already discussed this observation in my Now What, Ca t?
Para bang patakas si Jose Rizal at siya ay hinabol ng firing squad. What do you think?
Isipin ninyo sa musketry execution or firing squad, nakalinya at sabay sabay magpaputok ang mga sundalo na ang mga baril ay hindi lahat may balang pampatay para hindi nila alam kung sino talaga ang pumatay.
Kahit sa coup de grace na sinasabi sa mga execution na hindi namatay kaagad ang binabaril, squad pa rin ang magpaputok. Kaya nga may second standby na team para dito.
O kung hindi man, team, mismong yong execution officer ang magbibigay ng coup de grace pero sa malapitan at sa may tenga ang baril.
Ewan ko siguro kasi nabasa ko na bago namatay si Jose Rizal, iniharap niya ang katawan sa firing squad.
Isa pa yong Amerikana niya mukhang style ngayon. Tingnan ninyo ang Amerikana noong kapanahunan niya sa itaas. Pati ang hati ng buhok mali.
Letter of Jose Rizal
Here is the letter he wrote to his family how he liked to be buried.
To my family,
I ask you for forgiveness for the pain I cause you, but some day I shall have to die and it is better that I die now in the plentitude of my conscience.
Dear parents and brothers: give thanks to God that I may preserve my tranquility before my death. I die resigned, hoping that with my death you will be left in peace. Ah! It is better to die than to live suffering. Console yourselves.
I enjoin you to forgive one another the little meanness of life and try to live united in peace and good harmony. Treat your old parents as you would like to be treated by your children later. Love them very much in my memory.
Bury me in the ground. Place a stone and a cross over it. My name, the date of my birth and of my death. Nothing more. If later you wish to surround my grave with a fence, you can do it. No anniversaries. I prefer Paang Bundok.
Have pity on poor Josephine.
The decree issued by Emilio Aguinaldo on December 20, 1898 was to observe national mourning not only for Jose Rizal but for those brave
Filipinos who had fallen during the Revolution.