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Date of Birth 19 June 1861Calamba, Laguna, Philippines
Date of Death 30 December 1896Bagumbayan [now Luneta], Manila, Philippines  (execution by firing squad)
Birth NameJose Protacio Rizal Mercado Y Alonso Realonda
Nickname Pepe

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Jose Rizal was born on June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Laguna, Philippines as Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado Y Alonso Realonda. He was a writer, known for El filibusterismo (1962), Sisa (1951) and Sisa (1999). He died on December 30, 1896 in Bagumbayan [now Luneta], Manila, Philippines.

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The national hero of the Philippines.
Major cities in the Philippine have a street named after him.
A province in the Philippine is named after the hero.
The Philippine peso has Rizal's face.
A park in U.S. is also named after the Philippine national hero. Located in 1008 12th Avenue South, Jose Rizal Park lies at the foot of the Pacific Medical Center, corner of 12th Avenue S. and S Judkins Street, Beacon Hill, Seattle. The park has a history of being associated with the Filipino community, the largest group of Asian Americans in the Seattle area, with an estimated population of 30,000 (year 2000).
The first to have won a back-to-back Best Story in FAMAS for Noli me tángere (1961) and El filibusterismo (1962).
His death anniversary is commemorated as a Philippine holiday called Rizal Day. His execution in the hands of Spanish colonizers made him a martyr of the Philippine Revolution.
Philippines' Nation Hero.
A Filipino polymath, nationalist and the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era and its eventual independence from Spain.
The seventh of eleven children born to a middle class family.
One of the Philippine personalities to have been portrayed by several actors. He was first played by Eddie Del Mar in _Buhay at pag-ibig ni Dr. Jose Rizal (1956)_. Other actors who played Jose Rizal are Albert Martinez in Rizal in Dapitan (1997), Cesar Montano in José Rizal (1998), 'Gardo Versoza' in Sisa (1999) and Joel Torre in 3rd World Hero (2000).

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