Lolo José: An Intimate and Illustrated Portrait of José Rizal

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Lolo José: An Intimate and Illustrated Portrait of José Rizal (2008)

Lolo José: An Intimate and Illustrated Portrait of José Rizal is a full-scale biography of the Philippine national hero written by his grandniece Asuncion Lopez-Bantug. The book was edited and reprinted by the Vibal Foundation in December 2008 as part of its Filipiniana Clasica series.


About the book

Lolo José was written by Lopez-Bantug as a young girl. It was first published in 1982 by the Intramuros Administration with a preface written by National Artist for Literature and manuscript's editor Nick Joaquin. It contains family lore and personal anecdotes of José Rizal that have been passed down through generations of the Rizal clan.

Aside from Rizal's life story, the reprinted edition of Lolo José also features an album containing more than three hundred of Rizal's photos, a complete bibliography of his visual, literary and political works and an illustrated timeline of his life. Also included in the book is a genealogical chart documenting the hero's ancestors dating back to the seventeenth century as well as seven generations of descendants.

Along with the hardcover edition of the book is the CD-ROM Codex Rizal that contains full text of Rizal's novels and selected works, landmark biographies, and a gallery of more than two hundred photographs and illustrations. This is linked to The Complete José Rizal,'s comprehensive online repository of Rizal's works.


  • Lopez-Bantug, Asuncion. Lolo Jose: An Intimate and Illustrated Portrait of José Rizal. Quezon City: Vibal Publishing House, 2008.
  • Vibal Foundation to release Lolo José. Article from (Accessed 09 December 2008)

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