Dr. Jose P. Rizal (1861-1896) is the much-revered national hero of the Philippines. A brilliant thinker and prolific writer, Dr. Rizal worked to improve the lives of his oppressed countrymen through political and ecclesiastical reforms. He was executed by firing squad by the Spanish colonial government on December 28, 1896. Since his martyrdom, contentious claims have arisen that he had recanted his political and religious beliefs and writings prior to his execution.
Dr. Ramon G. Lopez, a great grand-nephew of the hero, presents his personal viewpoint on this historical matter.
Recorded Saturday, June 18, 2011 at the Newberry Library.