Google commemorates Rizal’s birthday


In commemoration of the 158th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, Google Doodle featured the national hero on its homepage.

The doodle also has a quill pen, magnifying glass and an excerpt from his written works.
“Today’s Doodle celebrates Filipino author and physician José Rizal, whose passionate writings and selfless devotion inspired the Philippine nationalist movement. Born in Calamba on this day in 1861, Rizal learned to read and write by age five and grew up to become a Filipino national hero,” the search engine said.

Rizal was born in Calamba, Laguna on 19 June to Francisco Mercado Rizal and Teodora Alonso. He was executed by a firing squad on 30 December 1896 following his imprisonment in Fort Santiago.