At 7 a.m. on December 30, 1896 at Luneta, Manila, the 35-year-old patriot was shot in the back by a firing squad.
Rizal did not hesitate. He outsmarted his adversaries who denied him his request to face the firing squad. Thus, with bullets riddled all over his body- he managed to twist around to face the firing squad and fell on his back to face the Philippine’s sun in the east- his final act of protest and defiance against Spain`s injustice towards the Filipinos and the Philippines.
The sacrifice and teachings of Rizal made me realized the importance of education, the value of it, and the importance of patriotism. Like Dr. Jose Rizal in his early age, the children of today's generation should look up to him because of his God given talents. His brilliant mind and writings open the Filipinos eyes in the oppression and tyranny of Spanish colonization. By his martyrdom, the Philippine Revolution continued until 1898. However, he never wished to have a war. That’s why he used his pen and paper instead of using gun and machete. But whether he likes it or not, it’s inevitable. No one can really stop a patriot’s burning heart and willingness to die for his country in the name of freedom.
The story of the moth and the flame was told to Rizal by his mother on a night when her mother was teaching him how to read a book entitled “The Children’s Friend” (El Amigos delos Niños). Upon hearing the story, it gave a deep impression on Rizal.However, it’s not the story’s moral that truly struck him, he actually envied the moths and their fate and considered that the light was so fine a thing that it was worth dying for.
At a very young age, I can say that Jose Rizal is a prodigy. And honestly speaking, if I’m the kid who is listening to the story, the lesson that I can only get is that we should listen to our elders if we don’t want to put ourselves in jeopardy. But he is different. He picked a much stronger lesson from that story that made who he is in our history.
At the age 8, Rizal wrote his first poem in the native language entitled “Sa Aking Mga Kabata” (To My Fellow Children). He wrote it in an appeal to our people to love our national language.