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A Poet, a Hero

A time when only a few dared to fight
against a foreign tyrant,
A Poet rose to speak

Oppressions suffered by Filipinos
in his writings, he revealed
A Poet with no fear

Freedom he sought through his powerful pen
Killed for his words and beliefs
A Poet noble act

“Mi Ultimo Adios”, his farewell
left a mark and legacy
A Poet, a Hero


18 April 2018


Note:  Dr. Jose Rizal is a Philippine national hero, a prolific poet and novelist during the Spanish colonial era. 'Mi Ultimo Adios' (English translation: My Last Farewell) was the last poem he wrote before he was executed in Manila on December 30, 1896.

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