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Google Marks Jose Rizal's Birthday with Special Doodle

Google celebrates the 158th birth anniversary of Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal with a Doodle.
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On June 19, Google celebrates the 158th birth anniversary of Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal with a cartoon depiction of the author and physician in a Google Doodle. Some of Rizal's words that inspired the Filipino nationalist sentiment can be seen in the background. 

Symbolisms in the Doodle

According to Google, apart from the national hero, the Doodle also depicts a quill pen, a powerful tool that Rizal used in his works and writings as he fought for the freedom of the Filipinos. It also illustrates a magnifying glass to represent his occupation as a practicing ophthalmologist. Below Rizal's head are depicted two books which represent two of his greatest works, the Noli and the Fili

Born in Calamba, Laguna on this day in 1861, Jose Rizal learned to read and write by age five. He received his secondary education in the city of Manila, and then traveled overseas to study philosophy and medicine at the University of Madrid, the University of Paris, and the University of Heidelberg.

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While he was living in Europe, Rizal began publishing a series of works including Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, which established him as a leading voice for reform in his homeland.

Google Doodles aim to celebrate a diverse mix of topics that reflect Google's personality, teach people something new, and are meaningful to local culture. Recently, Google Philippines joined the country in celebrating its 121st Independence Day with a Doodle featuring the Philippine flag.

Doodle Commemorating Jose Rizal's 158th Birth Anniversary

Photo by Google.
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