Jose Rizal the national hero of the Philippines and pride of the Malayan race, was born on June 19, 1861, in the town of Calamba, Laguna. At the age of 3, he learned the alphabet from his mother; at 5, while learning to read and write, he already showed inclinations to be an artist. He astounded his family and relatives by his pencil drawings and sketches and by his moldings of clay. At the age 8, he wrote a Tagalog poem, “Sa Aking Mga Kabata,” the theme of which revolves on the love of one’s language.
He had always excelled in school and studied in Spain to be a doctor to help her mother who was going blind. He had so many accomplishments but the one that gained him the most respect from people all over the world was to seek political and social reforms for his country through education instead of bloody revolutions. He is famous for his statement that the youth are the hope of the fatherland.