Dr. José Rizal (June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896) was a Filipino polymath, nationalist and the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. His novel Noli Me Tangere, published in 1887, played an important role in Philippine history. He is considered a national hero of the Philippines.
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“Crimson Dawn” was created to commemorate the centennial of Jose Rizal’s martyrdom on December 30, 1896, inspired by the 3rd stanza of Rizal’s immortal poem, written the night before he was to meet his destiny:
Art by Eliseo Art Silva, artist, author and muralist