Happy 158th Birthday Bro Pepe "José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Realonda", June 19, 2019..🇵🇭
Jose Protasio Rizal Mercado y Realonda or simply Jose Rizal was born today, 19 June (1861), 158 years ago. He died by firing squad in Bagumbayan (now Luneta or Rizal Park) on 30 December 1896. He died when he was just past 35 years old.
He was a Brother. He was a Freemason. Grand Master Miguel Morayta & President Francisco Pi y Margal was Rizal’s influence in life & in his notion of nationhood. Naturally, he petitioned membership with Acacia Lodge No. 9 of the Gran Oriente de Espana, the very lodge where the two held membership. He affiliated with Solidaridad Lodge No. 53 & was proclaimed Honorary Venerable Master of Nilad Lodge No. 144 in absentia.
He was a Traveler. He was all-over Europe, Asia & Americas. Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Egypt, Yemen, Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium, United States, etc.
He was a lover of the written & spoken word – Book Lover, Essayist, Grammarian, Historian, Journalist, Novelist, Rhetorician, Poet & Translator.
He was a Linguist. He spoke over 22 languages including Tagalog, Ilokano, Bisaya, Subanon, Spanish, Latin, Greek, English, French, German, Arabic, Malay, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Dutch, Catalan, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Swedish & Russian.
He was a man of Science – Archeologist, Anthropologist, Ethnologist, Horticulturist, Ichthyologist, Inventor, Opthalmologist, Physician, Scientist, Tuberculosis Expert & Zoologist.
He was a man of Art – Actor, Musician, Painter & Sculptor. Some of his works are exhibited in the National Museum.
He was a Sportsman – Chess Player, Fencer & Judoka.
Businessman, Educator, Farmer. Philosopher. Commentator. Politician. Revolutionist.
All these done in just 35 years!!! Without the benefit of air travel, internet & other modern technologies.
So who is to say that life is short. Who is to say we don’t have enough time.

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