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  • When in Europe, Rizal often had to go on without food. Sometimes his funds took too long to arrive and he would run out of money. He often went out during mealtime and cursed his misfortunes, and then went back home with a straight face. He was too proud to let his landlady know he didn't have any money for food, and when he got back everyone assumed he had already eaten.
  • Jose Rizal's sisters once suspected that Josephine Bracken, his love interest in Dapitan, was a spy from Spain.
  • There is some speculation that Rizal's mother could have been the illegitimate child of  Lorenzo Alberto Alonso and Brigida Quintos.
  • In 1895, Jose had a run-in with a Chinese who owned a small store -- a disagreement that ended with a lawsuit. This angered Rizal so much that he told his mother that he would never again buy anything from the Chinese. Interestingly enough, Rizal was also part Chinese.
  • At age 2, Jose could already read and write. He grew up to speak and write 22 different languages including Japanese, English, German, Latin, Spanish, French, Chinese, English, etc. 
  • During his exile in Dapitan, Jose Rizal won the lottery. He used half of the money he won to buy some land, and sent the rest of it to his father. 
  • Rizal's first poem, “Sa Aking Mga Kababata," was written when he was 7 years old.
  • To compensate for his small stature, Rizal turned to weight lifting to enhance his physique. Barbells made from cement were found in his home in Dapitan. 
  • Rizal remained calm on the day he was executed. A Spanish surgeon took his pulse moments before he was sent to his death and found it within normal range. 
  • Several monuments erected in honor of Jose Rizal can be found all over the world in places such as Madrid, Spain; Wilhelmsfeld, Germany; Jinjiang, Fujian, China; Chicago, Cherry Hill Township, San Diego, Seattle, U.S.A.; Mexico City, Mexico; Lima, Peru; Litomerice, Czech Republic; and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • There is a Dr. Jose Rizal Park in  1008 12th Avenue South, Seattle, Washington. It covers a generous land area of 9.6 acres (39,000 m²).
  • Jose Rizal's Mi Ultimo Adios (My Last Farewell) is the most translated Filipino poem. Originally written in Spanish, the historical verse is now rendered in 38 other languages.
  • In Madrid, Spain, there is a replica of Rizal's famous Luneta monument.


  1. There is also a Rizal Park in Campbelltown, Sydney, Australia and a Memorial Statue in Sydney

  2. thanks for these wonderful information about rizal it helps a lot

  3. thanks for the information :) i don't know that Jose Rizal is famous even outside the philippines .

  4. you know, some researchers are saying that the poem Sa Aking Mga Kababata was not actually the work of Rizal at all. Due to the absence of the original written manuscript among all others like the form and the use of some words like kalayaan. just saying.

  5. There's also a monument of Rizal in Hibiya Park, Tokyo, Japan :) It's erected on the site of a hotel he stayed at in 1888 when he came to Japan.


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