Everywhere I lecture on Rizal, one question never fail to arise in the open forum—"Is it true that Adolf Hitler is the son of Rizal?
Here is the craziest thing I’ve heard (and I’ve heard it more than once, at parties): Adolf Hitler was really the illegitimate son of Jose Rizal. Here is the second craziest thing I’ve heard: Mao Zedong was actually Rizal’s illegitimate son. Two variations, I suppose, on the idea that "Yes, the Filipino Can!"
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U.S. President Bush, center, is accompanied by Mayor Lito Atienza, during a wreath laying ceremony at Rizal Monument in Manila, the Philippines, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003. President Bush will address the National Congress and meet with Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo before continuing with his Asia tour. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) read more
Philippine Marine honor guards stand at attention while US President George W. Bush pays his respects in front of the monument of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal during a wreath laying ceremony in Manila (AFP/Jay Directo) read more
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