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1913 book on Dr. Jose Rizal on Project Gutenberg app

It's interesting to find a 1913 book about Philippine hero Dr. Jose Rizal on the Project Gutenberg app.

Project Gutenberg is an online library that provides free access to over 60,000 books. It is the world's oldest digital library as it was founded in 1971 by American writer Michael Hart.

The 1913 book about Rizal (June 19, 1861 to December 30, 1896) is entitled "Lineage, Life and Labors of Jose Rizal: Philippine Patriot."

[Install the Project Gutenberg app and search for EBook #6867: "Lineage, Life and Labors of Jose Rizal: Philippine Patriot."]

The author of the book is American historian Austin Craig (February 22, 1872 – February 11, 1949), who arrived in Manila in 1904 as a teacher of the Bureau of Education.

He taught in several schools around the country: Lubang Island; Mindoro, and Manila. At the University of the Philippines, he became the chairperson of the Department of History in 1910.

Craig was one of Rizal's first biographers. Before writing "Lineage, Life and Labors of Jose Rizal: Philippine Patriot" in 1913, he wrote "The Story of Rizal" in 1909.

Craig's 1913 book is interesting because it contains photographs and illustrations of Rizal, his family and other notable people in his life; his works of art; his wedding gift to his wife Marie Josephine Leopoldine Bracken; the places where he stayed and where he was executed by musketry.

The book traces interesting accounts in Rizal's life, from his early childhood to the time of propaganda against Spain to his life with Bracken, an Irish born in Hong Kong, and the final 24 hours of his life.

The Portrait of Rizal in 1883 Painted in Oil

By Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo

Simple celebration

The 159th birth anniversary of Rizal on June 19 this year was commemorated in simple rites due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Facebook, the Museo ni Jose Rizal in Calamba posted some photos of the celebration.

According to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the Museo ni Rizal in Calamba is a replica of Rizal's place of birth.

"The seventh child and second son of Francisco Mercado and Teodora Alonso, Rizal would become a renowned political novelist and thinker; skilled eye doctor; gifted artist and architect; linguist and teacher; and a hero who lived and died for his beloved country," the NHCP said.

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