December 30, 1896
MANILA, Dec. 30 – Filipinos observe Rizal Day on Dec. 30 every year to commemorate the martyrdom of Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal whom Spanish authorities executed by firing squad on that date in 1896.
The major celebration for this national holiday is held annually at Manila's Rizal Park, the former Bagumbayan open space where the execution took place and which is now named after him.
Flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies at the Rizal Monument in the park, which is also known as the Luneta, kick off the nationwide observance of Rizal Day.
Similar ceremonies are held at Rizal shrines in Calamba, Laguna province as well as in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte province and in Baguio City.
Dr. Rizal was born in Calamba while Dapitan is where he lived in exile before being executed at age 35. (PNA)