August 17, 1898, the Remains of Dr. Rizal Remains Were Exhumed!
On August 17, 1898, the remains of Dr. Jose Rizal were exhumed from the Paco Cemetery and was stored in an ivory urn in Narcisa Rizal’s house in Binondo.
Accordingly, after Dr. Rizal’s execution on December 30, 1896 in Bagumbayan, his remains lay in a grave in Paco Cemetery, marked only by a marble plaque with the hero’s initials in reverse.
On December 30, 1912, after a funeral procession and a “lying in-state” at the Ayuntamiento de Manila, the urn bearing Rizal’s remains was brought back to Luneta. Thus: A year after the re-internment—more than twelve years since the enactment Act No. 243, and seventeen years to the day of his death—the monument to Rizal was unveiled.
At present, the hero’s remains are kept at his national monument bearing his statue at the Rizal Park.
Designed by a Swiss sculptor named Richard Kissling, the statue carries the inscription:
“I want to show to those who deprive people the right to love of country, that when we know how to sacrifice ourselves for our duties and convictions, death does not matter if one dies for those one loves – for his country and for others dear to him”.