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What is the legacy of Jose Rizal?

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Dr. Jose Rizal's primary legacy is that of an icon for the nationalist movement in the Philippines that began in the late 1800s when the Southeast Asian archipelago country was still a Spanish colony. A prolific writer, Rizal also wrote two novels which focused on the oppression of the Filipino people by the Spanish colonizers: "Noli Me Tangere," or "Touch Me Not/The Social Cancer," and "El Filibusterismo," or "The Reign of Greed." Monuments to Rizal have been erected in the Philippines and many other countries throughout the world, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain, China and Japan.

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Rizal's writings and influence played an integral role in the Filipino independence movement. Almost every city in the Philippines has a street or avenue named after Rizal, and Seattle, Washington has a bridge and a park dedicated to him.

Rizal is remembered for his support of non-violence as a means of political reform, but he was also arrested by the Spanish authorities for his alleged involvement in a violent uprising which broke out in 1896. He was executed by firing squad on December 30, 1896.

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    How did Jose Rizal became a national hero?

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    José Rizal became a national hero for his part in the Filipino nationalist movement. Rizal wrote about the discrimination that was occurring in the Philippines under Spanish occupation and called for significant reform. He is applauded as one of the first individuals to work for independence in the Philippines.

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    Jose Rizal was a hero of Filipino ancestry who was not inspired by any person, so much as by the plight of his people under Spanish colonial rule. He was a prodigy from a very young age, and eventually excelled at medicine, literature, martial arts, painting and agriculture.

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    Due to his association with the members of Katipunan, Jose Rizal was implicated as one of its founders and was tried for sedition, rebellion and conspiracy before a military court. Rizal was already in the Mediterranean when he was arrested en route and brought back to Manila for trial. He was convicted as guilty of all three charges. He was sentenced to death and was exiled to Dapitan in 1893.

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