Dr. Jose P. Rizal
The Philippines' national hero. Born in Calamba, Laguna, on June 19, 1861. Published his masterpiece Noli Me Tangere
in Berlin(Germany) in 1887 and his second novel El Filibusterismo in Ghent
(Belgium) in 1891. His two novels stirred the
conscience of his people. He contributed various literary works to La Solidaridad. For his leadership in the reform movement
and for his incendiary
novels, Rizal was arrested and later killed by musketry in Bagumbayan, Manila, on December
30, 1896. His execution was the last straw for other Filipinos who called for a bloody revolution against Spain.