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Jose Rizal, on his 156th birth anniversary today

Jose Rizal was born 156 years ago, on June 19, 1861, in Calamba, Laguna. He went on to live a life that embodied the ideals of the Filipino nation, writing two novels – Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo – that became the intellectual expression of the strengthening nationhood of the Filipinos stirring to life after centuries of Spanish colonial rule.

The outgoing President expressed confidence that he would leave behind a country in a much better state compared to when he found it, adding he remains grateful for serving the Filipino nation in the past six years.

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