Rizal’s Childhood

Dr. José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda or better known with the name Dr. Jose Rizal is a son of the couple  Francisco Engracio Rizal Mercado y Alejandro and Teodora Morales Alonzo Realonda y Quintos. They lived in the foot ot Mt. Makiling and in the shore of the lake of Laguna with the ten more siblings of Rizal which are Saturnina, Paciano, Narcissa, Olimpia, Lucia, Maria, Jose, Concepcion, Josefa, Trinidad at Soledad.

As a son and sibling, Jose was very loving. Jose was just like all the other children. He believed in ghosts, sire on the mound, evil spirits, and other children’s stories. Rizal’s mom was responsible of teaching him the alphabet and she also made Rizal pray at three years old. Because of her surveillance, she discovered Rizal’s talent in writing poems. When she discovered it, she told Rizal to write even more.  Rizal was sent to Biñan for him to constinue his studies.He was accompanied by Paciano, whom he treated as a second father. They went to her aunt’s house where he would rent. During his stay there, he felt really sad and homesick.

On Rizal’s first day of school, Paciano brought the younger brother of MAESTRO JUSTINIANO AQUINO CRUZ. The school was in the teacher’s house, which is a bahay kubo. Rizal was asked if he knew how to speak in Latin and Spanish.He answered that he knows just a little bit of it. By the teacher’s question, he realized that he was being judged. In school, he was also sften times in trouble. He was even the one who started a rumble in ther school because his classmates were laughing at him. Rizal as a child was not a troublemaker, but if someone gave him the chance to, he wouldn’t reject at all.

Rizal had many troubles and a lot of rivals in school. On the other hand, he was still able to gain a lot of awards. The Rizal that was last in Latin became the first in class. There are those who envy him, that’s why they told their teachers a lot of bad things about Rizal. There were several lies that were thrown unto him that’s why he was beaten six times by his teacher.

Also during this period, Rizal felt very sad and disappointment about the imprisonment of the GOMBURZA. He heard of the war in Cavite and the execution of the three friars namely Jose Burgos, Mariano Gomez, at Jacinto Zamora. Rizal was really hurt because Padre Jose Burgos was a very close student of Paciano. After the death of GOMBURZA, his mom helped Rizal because he was accused of poisoning his sister-in-law.. Rizal was very affected about this.

The story of the life of Rizal is also written errors made by him. He also has a child like us all. He faced all the trials and never gave upHere I admire him. All the learnings from his mother had been followed. Rizal was a loving brother and son. His offensive behavior is shown. In my opinion, we find people like him only once in a lifetime. Almost all teens are now in the modern age and they forget the teachings of their parents. Although we wouldn’t admit, we are one of the youth that always forget the teachings of our parents. Sometimes we forget that we must pray before eating. I admire Rizal for the teaching of the mother was taking him even though he is old already.

 Written by: Isabel Cordova


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