HomeThe Journal of Historyvol. 9 no. 2 & 3 (1961)

The Place of Jose Rizal in World Affairs

Eufronio M. Alip

Discipline: History



On the early morning of December 30, 1896, Jose Rizal the national hero of the Philippines, fell before a firing squad at Bagumbayan now known as Luneta Park in the City of Manila, Philippines. He died a martyr and patriot for the cause of good government, justice, racial equality and human dignity, which he ardently spoused. His Spanish executioners had thought they were silencing him forever and burying with his corpse the ideas for which he had worked and fought all his life. But his martyrdom, instead, made him his country’s national hero, and, indeed a world figure, and gave his works the universal attention which they deserve but might never have otherwise attracted.