170/365: Something About “Joe” On His Birthday

19th of June

Believe it or not I had several units of Jose Rizal courses back in college but if I will be asked “What happened to the remains of our national hero Jose P. Rizal after he was executed?”

– I can not answer that.

Not so long ago I heard the same question was asked in a TV show similar to the concept of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” and nobody among the contestants was able to answer.  I remember researching for an answer for this question but failed to find the answer I was looking for.

So this question remained parked on my head unanswered until one day while I was exploring the historical Paco Park I found the exact answer.

The tomb stone says:

Jose Rizal
Executed 30 December 1896.  Interred secretly in this spot by the authorities on the same day.  Guarded for fifteen days by the Guardia Civil Veterana.  Remains exhumed 17 August 1898.  Placed in an urn made by Teodoro Romualdo De Jesus.  Deposited in the house of his mother in Estraude Street, Binondo.  And on 30 December 1912 laid beneath his monument at the Luneta.




This a special post dedicated to our National Hero José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda who was born on this day - June 19 in 1861 and executed on December 30, 1896.


  1. May his spirit rest in peace, may his cause continue to live on, may his passion for the freedom of our people be revived in the hearts of those who still have hopes for this beloved land we call our home.

  2. This is my second year of commemmorating his bday with kids with a story: Si Carancal Ang Bayaning Isang Dangkal. Super fun to discuss with kids how to be hero!!!

    1. Hmn.. Can I sit in the class? I'd love to hear that story too! "Carancal" sounds really an interesting name for a hero :)

    2. That would be wonderful!! We do storytelling activties every Fridays, however, since Rizal's bday is something they should know and its really an opportunity to teach them heroism and patriotism, i thought of sharing the story on a Thursday. Let me know when you'll stop by :)

  3. As I have never heard of him I am very curious now. Maybe you should write a post about him and why he was executed?? I would love to read it.


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