A Modern Day Look at the Awesomeness of Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal – National Hero of the Philippines
By Mare Dayco
If Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal were alive today in the year 2012, what would he be like?
This is the story of Rizal told by his modern day girlfriend, The Spitfire, who has decided to write an e-mail to her sister and fill her in on this awesome new man in her life.
Hey Sis! Got your e-mail! How are you doing these days? I miss you so much, and hope you are doing fab! Yo, have you pre-ordered the new iPhone 5 yet? Yeah, I know! AMAZING! I’m getting in line this weekend at the Apple Store at the mall. It’s gonna be sweeeet! It’s so sick, I can’t wait!
So, how is the happy married couple doing? It’s almost been a year, yeah? Is marriage all it’s cracked up to be or not? Most of the shows on tv like The New Normal and Honey Boo Boo give me zero hope; but, hey, whatever. I figure if you can do it, maybe then, so can I. So, is it still fireworks a la Katy Perry or is it dishes and laundry 24/7? Lol. Be honest! I need to know like yesterday. Why??? Well, if you really wanna know, it’s cuz I think I met someone…Jhehe!
His name is Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal. He’s an Ophthalmologist aka Eye Doctor! Rad, I know! You wanna know how cool my new man is? Ok, he became an Eye Doctor to help his mom heal from her blindness. Yeah, I know. Are you like dying right now? Me too! He is just so sweet! Also, he comes from a big family like Daddy’s fam. He’s number seven out of eleven children. Get it? 7-11? Hah. And I thought daddy’s family was big! All I know is that if this works out, mom and dad are gonna be stoked. Are you ready for major bonus points? He’s super smart and he is FILIPINO! Yeah! I know. I’ve never dated a Filipino, because we feel too related…but this guy made me change my mind, k? You’ll see why.
Ok, so for starters, he’s 30 years old and his birthday is June 19th! Yep, chalk up another point for mom and dad! Mom’s birthday is June 12th. Their anniversary is June 20th! He fits right in with the family celebrations. Score!
Also he was born in Calamba, Laguna- the exact province where mom was born in the Phils! How cool is that? : )He comes from a pretty wealthy family. Both his parents are bigtime farmers. They’ve got a huge rice farm! You gotta see it!
All right, so now here comes the reason why I am falling hard and fast for this dude.
He is a Renaissance Man! The guy is amazing at everything! No jk! Mk, first of all,he speaks and is able to converse in 22 languages! Yeah…22! His pals call him Pepe the Polyglot (when you are able to speak a ton of languages) and Pepe the Polymath (the ability to master various skills and subjects). Lol .
Do you know that he started to read and write at age 2? I mean, who does that? smh
Also, it was so cute when he told me how he was the happiest when he was in school. He attended a school called Ateneo Municipal de Manila, and was a top student of his class of 10. Yeah, I told him, “I’d be a top student too if there were only 10 in my class.” JK. : )
Jose is also very well-traveled. I mean the guy has been like EVERYWHERE including Spain, Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, The Czech Republic, Italy, Singapore, Borneo, Hong Kong, China, and Japan. Sometimes, I get a little frustrated with him when we argue, cause he will answer me in a language I don’t understand. Sometimes it’s in French, sometimes it’s in German, sometimes, it’s in Japanese. I’ll go, “What are you saying? Speak English or Tagalog or Spanish. Keep it to down to 3 countries, por favor!”
He’s not only an opthamologist, but did I fail to mention that he is also a famous novelist, sculptor, painter, educator, farmer, historian, playwright, and journalist? Mmhmm. Short list. J And you know how much I love creative writing? Guess what? He writes a lot of poetry too and is pro status in architecture, cartography, economics, ethnology, anthropology, sociology, dramatics, martial arts, fencing, and pistol shooting. The one and only thing he’s not good at = singing. YESSSSSS!
And…I’m a rockstar. BOOM!
So what’chathink? Skype me, l8r! Cya, sis! Love you!
P.S. He loves sinigang, mangoes, lanzones, and tuyo too! Yay!