Jose Rizal was known for his nationalistic fervor. Pride of the Tagalog language was always in his heart. In fact Jose Rizal’s friendship with Blumentritt started because of the latter’s great interest in the Tagalog language.
“Ang hindi magmahal sa kanyang wika ay higit pa sa hayop at malansang isda.” This Tagalog quote is translated as “He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish.”
“While a people preserves its language; it preserves the marks of liberty.”