Re­mem­ber­ing Dr. Jose Rizal

RIZAL VIS­ITS ILOILO

Panay News - - FRONT PAGE - Lap­sus Calami

Na­tional hero Dr. Jose Rizal flags down a chiles (one-pas­sen­ger horse-drawn coach) upon his ar­rival at the Port of Iloilo on Aug. 14, 1896 to visit friend Ray­mundo Mel­liza in Molo, in this paint­ing by renowned Ilonggo artist Art Ge­roche. Ac­cord­ing to his­to­ri­ans, as Rizal passed by Calle Real (now JM Basa Street) he com­pared it to the then bustling Es­colta in Manila. Rizal dropped by Iloilo on his way back to Manila af­ter end­ing his ex­ile in Dap­i­tan, a re­mote Min­danao town. On Dec. 30, 1896 two years af­ter his Iloilo visit, Rizal was ex­e­cuted. To­day, the na­tion re­mem­bers the 122nd an­niver­sary of his mar­tyr­dom.

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