Saturday, March 10, 2012
The unfamous brother : General Paciano Rizal
Dr. Jose P. Rizal only brother who taught him everything, helped him financially and plays a vital role in his life is no other than General Paciano Rizal. An introvert and silent from his descendants today, doesn't even have lots of pictures but stolen few.
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) commissioners Dr. Rene Escalante, Ferdinand C. Llanes and executive director III Ludovico D. Badoy led this morning’s (March 9, 2012) ceremony commemorating the 161st birth anniversary of Gen. Paciano Rizal, the elder brother of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.
The ceremony held at Paciano’s residence in this municipality, was also attended by Rizal’s descendants descendants: Jose Rizal Lopez, Edmundo R. Lopez, Rufina G. Lopez, Virgilio Villaruz, Doris R. Villaruz, Marlene Lopez- Jacinto, Milagros Lopez- Pinto, Vivencio Villaruz, Ester Lopez Azurin and Teresa Lopez- Houvet.
A mass was celebrated before the opening of the program, followed by flower offering and a 21-gun salute.
Gen. Paciano Rizal played a vital role in the life of national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. As the only brother of Jose, he helped financially and supported him in all his struggles against the Spaniards and the fight for Philippine freedom and democracy using his writings.
Paciano joined the secret group "KKK" under Andres Bonifacio after his brother was shot at Bagumbayan, now Luneta. He also became treasurer of the revolutionary government under General Emilio Aguinaldo because of his integrity and fight for the rights and truth for the Filipino people. He died peacefully at his house at Los Banos, Laguna at the ripe old age of 79.
Meanwhile, also in attendance were Los Banos Vice Mayor Baby Sumangil and Board Members Rey Paras and Andrew Nocon.