Who is Jose Rizal? Why is he called a Renaissance man?
A Renaissance man is a well educated person and one who excels in a wide variety of subjects or fields. There are only 28 men in the history of mankind who are recognized as such and Jose Rizal is the most recent and the last on the line.
If India has Mahatma Gandhi, the Philippines has its own Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippine National Hero. He is a man of exceptional intelligence and gifted with extraordinary talents. Let’s learn more about this amazing person of Malay roots.
Here’s a long list of interesting facts about Jose Rizal.
1.) Rizal was a Filipino nationalist and one of the few recognized Renaissance men in the world.
2.) Documented studies show him to be a polymath with the ability to master various skills and subjects.
3.) This Renaissance man was an ophthalmologist, novelist, sculptor, painter, educator, farmer, historian, playwright and journalist.
4.) Besides poetry and creative writing, he dabbled, with varying degrees of expertise, in architecture, cartography, economics, ethnology, anthropology, sociology, dramatics, martial arts, fencing and pistol shooting.
5.) This polymath’s complete name is Jose Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda. He was born on June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Laguna, Philippines.
6.) Jose Rizal was executed by firing squad on December 30, 1896 in Bagumbayan, Manila. Bagumbayan is now known as Luneta or Rizal Park.
7.) The anniversary of his death is commemorated as a Philippine holiday known as Rizal’s Day.
8.) This Renaissance man was the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era.
9.) Rizal’s 1896 military trial and execution made him a martyr of the Philippine Revolution.
10.) At age two (2), this polymath can already read and write. Jose Rizal was the seventh of eleven children born to a wealthy family in Calamba, Laguna.