"Hi, Mindy! I really admire Jose Rizal. Apart from being a symbol and an epitome of Filipinos' strength and patriotism, I marvel at his hunger for knowledge and curiosity to do different things. He was into science, literature, politics, medicine, visual arts, and even sports—talk about being a polymath! But for you, what do you think is the most interesting field that Rizal was into? - David"
Hi, David! That is a fascinating question. He did a lot of interesting things, including inventing a board game. But for me, we should also celebrate Rizal as the "Father of Filipino Komiks”. Among his sketches were “The Monkey and the Turtle” (Paris, 1885), “The Baptism of R. Pfeiffer at Holy Cross Steinach” (Wilhelmsfeld, 1886), and “The Cure of the Bewitched” (Dapitan, 1895). His works showed the lighter side of Rizal—that he was not just a martyr or a reformist—but also a “komikero” or comedian. Check out the trilingual interactive e-book of one of his works, Ang Pagong at ang Matsing, which was released by Vibal Group. It showed that Rizal’s reach was wide even now in the Digital Age. -Mindy