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The Martyrdom of Dr. José Rizal
This is my entry for the "Best Lego Diorama of a Philippine Historical Event" contest. The background music is called "Bayan Ko" (My Country) by Constancio de Guzman.
About this creation


“I die without seeing the dawn brighten over my native land! You, who have it to see, welcome it—and forget not those who have fallen during the night!"

- an excerpt from Noli Me Tángere, a novel by Dr. José Rizal







In 1896, when the Philippine Revolution was launched against Spain, Dr. José Rizal was arrested on false charges that he was the leader of the rebellion. He was subjected under a mock trial and was convicted of insurrection, which was punishable by death. On the eve of his execution, Rizal wrote an untitled poem, which became known as "Mi Último Adiós" (My Last Farewell). He was publicly executed by firing squad at Bagumbayan.[1]













His request to be allowed to face his executioners was denied as being out of the power of the commanding officer to grant, though Rizal declared that he did not deserve such a death, for he was no traitor to Spain. [2]









It was promised, however, that his head should be respected, and as unblindfolded and erect Rizal turned his back to receive their bullets, he twisted a hand to indicate under the shoulder where the soldiers should aim so as to reach his heart. [2]









Then as the volley came, with a last supreme effort of will power, he turned and fell face upwards, thus receiving the subsequent "shots of grace" which ended his life, so that in form as well as fact he did not die a traitor's death.[2]





What can be heard from the crowd of Spaniards was their loud, audible voice, shouting “Long live Spain! Death to traitors!” Dr. José Rizal died at exactly 7:03 in the morning of December 30, 1896.[3]





TEXT REFERENCES:

[1] http://www.globalpinoy.com/ch/ch_category.php?category=heroes&name=Jose%20Rizal&table=ch_heroes&startpage=1&endpage=15

[2] http://www.fullbooks.com/Lineage-Life-and-Labors-of-Jose-Rizal4.html

[3] http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Jose_Rizal:_Trial_and_Martyrdom_at_Bagumbayan

VISUAL REFERENCES:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rizal_execution.jpg

http://www.philippines-archipelago.com/author/visited/metro_manila/rizal_park_execution.jpg

BACKGROUND MUSIC:

“Bayan Ko” (My Country) by C. De Guzman (Arranged by Jose Valdez)
performed by pasigenyo.



Comments

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  April 27, 2011
Awesome! I love the full size figs! great work!
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  December 31, 2010
It was Jose Rizal's desth anniversary 2 days ago
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  August 20, 2010
Another one bites the dust. Lee.
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  August 16, 2010
This is powerful stuff! Thanks for the well delivered history lesson. The music really adds, I gotta figure out how to do that..
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  August 8, 2010
Your choice of this expressive building scale, as well as the photography lighting and starkly dark colors, excellently freezes and frames the dignity of the scene. A worthy tribute indeed.
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  July 24, 2010
A great MOC and a great contribution to Philippine History.. GREAT WORK!!! can you check this out? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/215762
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  July 22, 2010
yoh i happen to be pinoy and you man are good love the jose rizal.ako ay isang mabuting pilipino mahal ko ang bayan ko-some lyrics from the song
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  July 12, 2010
Quoting Harvey Cu I love the simplicity of the execution of the Philippine's National hero although without the story it could had been the execution of anyone. Nevertheless its a great scene with a great action pose of Dr. Rizal. Mabuhay ka! P.S. If I had enough lego system parts I would have love to compete against you. But alas bionicle is my medium of art.
Thanks! Your feedback is really appreciated!
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  July 10, 2010
Woohoo, I won the contest! (I was the only one who entered, hehe ...) Thanks everybody for your wonderful comments!
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  July 9, 2010
Wow! I may have actually learned something! As they say, there's something new in history every day. Well done! And I'll have a few Lumpia, too, while you're at it. Goes great with San Miquel!
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  July 9, 2010
I love the simplicity of the execution of the Philippine's National hero although without the story it could had been the execution of anyone. Nevertheless its a great scene with a great action pose of Dr. Rizal. Mabuhay ka! P.S. If I had enough lego system parts I would have love to compete against you. But alas bionicle is my medium of art.
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  July 1, 2010
Wow, man! I didn't know you had it in you. Very moving and I think you should work in this scale again.
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  June 28, 2010
Superb stuff, and unusual both in scale, subject matter and especially for yourself, tone. Well done. Now can I be cheered up please?
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  June 28, 2010
The one thing that really stands out to me are the guns. I never would have thought of that. I love the build as a whole though. Don't think I didn't.
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  June 27, 2010
Interesting bit of history. Nice work. see ya. garth
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  June 27, 2010
Sad scene , classic build , I am moved....
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  June 26, 2010
Hauntingly beautiful.
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  June 26, 2010
Wow... nice MOC.
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  June 26, 2010
'Jose Rizal:The nations hero' This MOC is a great account of how Rizal died by firing squad at Luneta. The people look great and the build is excellent. This sure is a hard to beat MOC for the contest. May the best pinoy win!
Master Shifu Leo J
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Aaron The Azure Knight .
  June 25, 2010
Very sad scene. Reminds me of Valkerie.
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  June 25, 2010
Perfect effects, awesome job, very striking! Best of luck, this looks very well researched!
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  June 25, 2010
I don't know anything about the contest, but the placement of the figures is quite striking. Excellent work.
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  June 25, 2010
Great MOC, quite heartfelt too. Just not sure how much it can fit in the "diorama" category. Still, fantastic job, you got me nailed to the page.
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  June 25, 2010
Nice work and a history lesson to boot. :)
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  June 25, 2010
We have a Phillipino officer here who looked at this and said that this was a very nice tribute to a national hero. Nice work on the build too! ~ Chris.
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  June 25, 2010
Nice historical build. Who says you can't learn anything on mocpages?
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  June 25, 2010
Excellent rendition of a piece of history. Very well done.
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  June 25, 2010
Interesting bit of history, here, Leo. Albeit depressing. He sounds like an honorable man. It's a shame his story isn't better-known.
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  June 25, 2010
great ,
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  June 25, 2010
Excellent rendition of the events Leo. It's very scary that the human race is so easily swayed by mob mentality, and how quick they are to point fingers at a scapegoat.
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  June 25, 2010
Nice troops, very surreal looking.
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  June 25, 2010
Best of luck in the contest & what a moving story, sad but strong.
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  June 25, 2010
Very nice bit of historical information here Leo! Bravo. Poor country, war with Spain, US "liberated" them, then they had to fight us. Occupied by Japan, freed by us again, and finally....get their independance. Now, whip me up some Lumpia!
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  June 25, 2010
Awesome scene, my friend! I need to experiment a little with the midiland(?) scale. Looks like the head dude has a bit of a front porch going on. Best of luck in the contest.~H
 
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