August 7, 2010

Secular relic

After Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal was executed by the Spanish colonial government in 1896, he was buried in the Paco Cemetery with no identification on his grave. One of his sisters went around the cemetery and, seeing freshly turned earth on one grave site, asked the caretaker to mark it with "RPJ," Rizal's initials in reverse. After the Philippines declared independence from Spain two years later, she retrieved her brother's remains, which are now enshrined at the Rizal Monument in Luneta, the place of Rizal's execution. One bone with a bullet wound was enshrined separately in a glass urn which is kept in a glass case at the Rizal Shrine in Fort Santiago, where Rizal was imprisoned before his execution.

glass urn in a glass case which holds a bone of Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal


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21 comments:

J Bar said...

Good reflection shot.

dong ho said...

oh yeah i like that part of the building.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

This looks like a really intriguing museum. We all share that lump in the throat feeling about our national heros, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Francisca said...

JR is a worthy national hero, he was a wise and multi-talented man who gave much to his country. But I do think enshrining a piece of his bone is... I don't know... a little chilling? Interesting post, Hilda.

Dina said...

Very powerful in its effect.

Tes said...

I've been to Fort Santiago several times, but I don't think I can ever get enough of it -so rich in history and memorabilia. Thanks for sharing this, Hilda! :)

Vernz said...

aw, this is one packet of our history I should note...happy weekend Hilda! Anything Davao

Julie said...

I agree with Francisca that the bone thing is a bit 'chilling'. However, all power to his sister, too, for her quick thinking and obvious dedication to her brother's memory.

Interesting post, Hilda. I like the way you do history so often in you posts.

Birdman said...

Quite a story. A sister's true love shown here.

arabesque said...

that's definitely a nice reflective foto, i like how you explain it in gr8 detail, even i have something to learn about our history esp. Rizal's.

about the bone thing, that is a bit chilly! ^-^
happy weekend! ^0^

Elisa said...

Actually nice!
Greetings from Argentina
Elisa

Irredento Urbanita said...

My country, Perú, also was a spanish colony and we have stories like that.

Regards

Valery

[Barcelona Daily Photo]

Cezar and Léia said...

Good to have a hero to refer to! These days we're missing those...
Good bless you!
Cezar

JM said...

Really interesting story, Hilda! This reminds me of the 'relicários' seen in catholic churches having bones (allegedly) of saints.

EG Wow said...

It's interesting to me how different cultures chose to remember their heroes. It was brilliant of Rizal's sister to have the grave marked with his reversed initials. In a time of such deep grief I doubt I would have been so clear headed.

'Tsuki said...

I love the way the text seems to float in the air... Great framing, very original, thanks for the sharing.

Jacob said...

A very interesting and creative reflective post!

James said...

I just wrote a comment and then I noticed it was almost exzctly what Jacob wrote. So I'll say ditto and I'll add that I like the reflection of the driver's face in your last post. :)

michael said...

I love the effect of the writing on the glass. That makes a nice photo.

Misalyn said...

Lovely reflection shot and thanks for educating us. I echo Francisca's comment.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» appreciates your posts about Rizal, Hilda.