Dr. Jose Rizal… what comes to mind when you hear the name or see his monument? Perhaps a better question to ask is, what comes to mind when you hear the name or see a monument, other than the words “national hero”?
Nowadays, it seems we only hear and talk about Jose Rizal because of the annual holiday commemorating his death anniversary, or in the college subject we’re required to take. Other than that, the thought of our National Hero rarely crosses our mind. Did you know that apart from being a novelist (remember Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo?), Rizal was also a linguist, an actor, a musician, a horticulturist and a fencer?
Are you aware that Jose Rizal has hundreds of monuments all over the Philippines… and dozen others all over the world? And did you know that having monuments built for him was one of his visions as a child?
No monument was ever built for the average guy, and Jose Rizal has hundreds!
Jose Rizal is the epitome of greatness and excellence of the Filipino people. Rizal was a visionary, he was an agent of change, and his works all reflect his burning passion for uplifting the Filipino spirit.
Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales recognizes Rizal’s significant role in shaping the nation, and that is why he pays high respect for Rizal. Having travelled to more than 50 provinces and 35 countries as a motivational speaker, Pocholo has had his picture taken with every Rizal monument in every place he has visited, and speaks about Rizal in his talks. He aims to inspire every Filipino to recognize and bring out the greatness within them, so that the country will be filled with great and excellent people.
Everyone can be a modern-day Rizal, and Pocholo has been on this journey for years. While Jose Rizal has done great things with a PEN, the VoiceMaster has done a lot of great things with his VOICE.