To The Philippines

Rizal as our national hero showed unselfish love for his country by laying his own life in martyrdom and awakening people’s patriotic fervor so that Philippines would be freed from Spanish tyranny.

Hymn to Talisay


“Hymn to Talisay” was written by Rizal for his pupils in Dapitan to sing whenever they rendezvous under the talisay tree.

Flower Among Flowers


In this poem, Rizal alludes to a beautiful young girl as a flower that stands out among all the flowers. Who was Rizal referring to as the “flower among flowers”?

They Ask Me for Verses!

They Ask Me for Verses (Me Piden Versos) reflects how sad it was for Rizal to be able to stir emotions through his poems but have them stifled by the Spaniards.


Jose Rizal wrote “Kundiman” in Tagalog on September 12th 1891. The theme of Rizal’s “Kundiman” is his intense love for his Motherland.

First Inspiration

For whom did Jose Rizal write “First Inspiration”? Many believe it was for Leonor Rivera, Rizal’s childhood sweetheart for eleven years.

Memories of My Town

In “Memories of My Town”, Jose Rizal spoke of his childhood days in Calamba, Laguna recalling his happiest memories of the place and the people.