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August 16, 1956, Republic Act 1425 or the Rizal Act Took Effect

On August 16, 1956, Republic Act 1425, commonly known as the Rizal Act requiring the inclusion in school curricula of courses on Dr. Jose Rizal’s life and works, took effect.

According to NHCP:

Jose Rizal’s vast role in the attainment of the nation’s freedom led to the issuance of Republic Act 1425 on June 12, 1956. Commonly known as the Rizal Act, it was sponsored by Senator Claro M. Recto. It requires the curricula of private and public schools, colleges and universities courses to include the life, works and writings of Jose Rizal, particularly his novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo in order to educate the students about the concept of nationalism.
Dr. Jose Rizal professional card when in Hongkong (from Lineage, life and labors of Jose Rizal, Austin Craig, 1914).

The purpose of Batas Rizal is to rekindle the flame of nationalism in the hearts of Filipinos, particularly the youth who are forgetting what our patriots have done and given to fight for our freedom.

Coincidentally, on this same day in 1911, Teodora Alonso, mother and first teacher of Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, died in her home in San Fernando Street, Binondo, Manila.


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