Manuscripts of Philippine hero donated to Truman College

By Daniel Domel, staff writer

The Philippine Consulate is donating copies of two manuscripts by Philippine national icon Dr. Jose Rizal to Truman College.

Jose Rizal

Who was he?

Rizal was born in 1861 in The Philippines, and was a promising young renaissance man, writer, author, journalist, archeologist,  martial artist and student.
He spoke 22 languages and is often referred to as a polymath (a very learned man).

Rizal’s vast knowledge, however was viewed as a threat, by the Spanish colonists who led the Philippines at that time.

For his role as a leader in the resistance to colonists and the eventual revolution that followed, Rizal was executed in 1896 at age of 35.

Truman is holding an official ceremony today (October 20) to welcome Rizal’s manuscripts.

The ceremony, including Philippine consul general Leo Herrera-Lim, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 in the lobby of the new building.

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