Jose Rizal Trivia




As a Filipino, how do you know Jose Rizal? Did you study anything interesting about him inside your class? Read these trivia and the secrets of Rizal.

MANILA LOTTERY WINNER:
On September 21, 1892 the mail boat “Butuan” arrived in Dapitan carrying lottery Ticket No. 9736 jointly owned by Captain Carnicero, Dr Jose Rizal and Francisco Equilior won the second prize of P20,000 in the government-owned Manila Lottery. Rizal’s share of the winning loterry was P6,200. He gave P2,000 to his father and P200 to his friend Basa in Hongkong and the rest he invested well by purchasing agricultural lands along the coast of Talisay about one kilometer away from Dapitan.

RIZAL'S CONTRIBUTION TO SCIENCE:
Rizal found Mindanao a rich virgin field for collecting specimens. With his baroto (sailboat) and accompanied by his pupils, he explored the jungles and coasts seeking specimens of insects, birds, snakes lizards frogs shells and plants. He sent these specimens to the museum of Europe especially the Dresden Museum. In payment for these valuable specimens, the European scientists sent him scientific books and surgical instruments.
Rizal discovered rare specimens
For four years during his exile in Dapitan, Rizal discovered some rare specimens which were named in his honor by the scientists. Among these were :
*Draco Rizali—a flying dragon
*Apogonia Rizali -a small beetle
*Rhacophorus Rizali—a rare frog

RELIEF MAP:
The national hero personally created the 900-square-meter Relief Map of Mindanao displayed in Dapitan City which he used as a device to teach history and geography to townsfolk.

HOLY ROSARY CATHEDRAL:
The altar at the Holy Rosary Cathedral in Dipolog City was designed by Dr. Jose Rizal. The Cathedral was erected by the Spanish friars sometime in 1895, before Dipolog City became a municipality.
The Rizal Shrine in Dapitan City is the original estate of Dr. Jose Rizal which he acquired by purchase during his exile in Dapitan from 1892 to 1896.



RIZAL LAWS


Republic Act No. 1425
House Bill No. 5561
Senate Bill No. 438
An Act to Include in the Curricula of All Public and Private Schools, Colleges and Universities courses on the Life Works and Writings of JOSE RIZAL, particularly his novels NOLI ME TANGERE and EL FILIBUSTERISMO, Authorizing the Printing and Distribution Thereof, and for Other Purposes.

Did you know that the birthday of Jose Rizal is also the old name of EDSA?
When the avenue was constructed during the presidency of Manuel L. Quezon, it was named 19 de Junio (June 19), after the birthday of national hero Jose Rizal. It was later renamed Highway 54, and under Republic Act No. 2140 in 1959 was further renamed in honor of Epifanio de los Santos, a noted Filipino historian.

3 Inspirations of Jose Rizal in writing Noli Me Tangere:

1. Uncle Tom’s Cabin -- Haniett Beccher Stone
2. The Wondering Jew -- Eugene Sue
3. Florante at Laura -- Francisco Balagtas


LA SOLIDARIDAD
The president of La Solidaridad was Rizal's cousin, Galicano Apacible. Among the other officers were Graciano Lopez-Jaena, vice-president, and Mariano Ponce, treasurer. Rizal, in London at the time, was named Honorary President.


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