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:
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.