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Si Dr. Jose Rizal ay ang pambansang bayani ng Pilipinas.  Sya ay ipanganak noong ika-19 ng Hunyo, 1861 ngunit sya ay namatay sa murang edad na 35 taon noong ika-30 ng Disyembre, 1896.  Bukod sa pagiging dakilang bayani, henyo, doktor,pintor, iskultor, manunulat, at iba pang mga natatanging talento at katalinuhan siya rin ay isang Pilipinong tunay nating maipagmamalaki sa buong mundo dahil sya ay nakibaka upang ang bansang Pilipinas ay maging malaya. Maliban dito, gaano nga ba natin kakilala ang ating pambansang bayani?

Dr. Jose Riza

Si Rizal ay ika-pito sa labin-isang mga anak nina Mr. & Mrs.  Francisco Engracio Rizal Mercado y Alejandro at Teodora Morales Alonso y Quintos.  Ang kanyang mga ninuno ay may lahing Intsik, Hapon, at Espanyol.  Siya ay nag-aral sa Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Ateneo Municipal de Manila, at University of Santo Tomas.  Bukod dito, lihim rin na pumunta si Rizal sa Epanya upang mag-aral ng medisina sa Universidad Central de Madrid.  Sya rin ay dumalo sa ilang mga medikal na pag-aaral at pananaliksik sa University of Paris at sa University of Heidelberg sa Germany.  Sa edad na 25 taong gulang, ginamit ni Rizal ang ophthalmoscope sa  Heidelberg kung saan ito rin ang kanyang ginamit para magamot ang mata ng kanyang ina.

Dr. Riza

Iilan sa mga paboritong pagkain ni Rizal ay pansit, mangga at lansones.  Kadalasan, ang kanyang almusal ay mainit na tsokolate, kanin at tuyo.   Sya ay mahilig din sa paksiw at sinigang.  Sya ay hindi umiinom ng alak at ang kanyang inuming tubig ay laging malamig at may kasamang yelo.

 

Si Rizal ay naugnay din hindi lamang sa iisa kungdi sa siyam na magagandang dilag.  Sila ay sina Segunda Katigbak, Leonor Valenzuela, Leonor Rivera, Consuelo Ortiga, O-Sei San, Gertrude Beckette, Nelly Boustead, Suzanne Jacoby, at ang pinakahuli at kanyang naging asawa ay si Josephine Bracken.  Sila ay nagkaroon ng isang anak.  Ang pangalan nito ay Francísco Rizal y Bracken.  Ngunit ang sanggol ay kaagad na nalagutan ng hininga iilang oras lamang matapos ipanganak.

 

Dahil sa kasong rebelyon, si Rizal ay itinakdang barilin sa pamamagitan ng Firing Squad noong December 30, 1896. Bago sya binaril ng mga sundalo, tinignan ng Heneral ang pulso ni Rizal at sya ay nagitla dahil ang pulso ni Rizal ay normal, walang kaba, walang takot sa araw na nakatakda.  Ang huling mga salita ni Rizal bago sya nalagutan ng hininga ay: “Consummatum est” (It is Finished).  Sya ay palihim na inilibing sa Paco Cemetery at walang marka o pangalan ang kanyang libingan.  Ang kanyang kapatid na si Narcisa ang syang naghanap ng kanyang huling hantungan, at ito’y nilagyan ng markang RPJ (kabaliktaran ng kanyang inisyal na JPR). Pagkamatay ni Rizal, si Josephine Bracken na kanyang asawa ay naging myembro rin ng rebolusyon.  Sa bandang huli, sya ay umalis papuntang Hong Kong, nakapag-asawang muli, at namatay sa sakit sa baga.

 

Bilang paggunita sa ating pambansang bayani,  ang ika-30 ng Disyembre ay naging isang opisyal na Public holiday sa bansa.  Merong ding mga bansa sa mundo kung saan merong mga monumentong itinayo para sa  kanyang karangalan. Matatagpuan ang mga ito sa Espanya, Japan, Wilhelmsfeld, Germany, China, USA, Hawaii, Mexico, Peru, Czech Republic,  Canada.

Dr. Jose Riza Statue

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May 2013 Trivia Time

1. Three of the worlds’ top ten largest malls are located in the Philippines; SM City North EDSA in Quezon City, 4.74 million sq ft, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City with an area of 4.67million sq ft and SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City with an area of 3.75 million sq ft.  SM City NorthEdsa is the world’s 2nd largest mall.

SM City NorthEdsa is the world’s 2nd largest mall

SM City NorthEdsa is the world’s 2nd largest mall

2. Philippines is considered the “text capital of the world.” Every day, 35 million mobile subscribers in the country are sending about 450 million short text messages (SMS). This is more than the total number of daily text messages sent in the United States and Europe together.

3. In parts of Germany and Poland, when a couple marries, guests break a whole lot of porcelain and leave it to the couple to clean up. They do this right in front of the bride’s home, usually the night before the wedding. It’s called “Polterabend” and it’s meant to symbolize the struggles the new couple will face as they build a home together, with an emphasis on working together through those struggles.
4. Lake Baikal in Russia is the deepest lake in the world, and holds as much water as all the five Great Lakes of the U.S. combined!
5. Philippines is considered to be the largest producer of coconuts.

5.	Philippines - Largest producer of coconuts

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Cycling

Bicycles were introduced in the 19th century and since then they were employed for many reasons such as for transportrecreation, work, sport, shows, and for exercise.  The number of cycles is estimated at around one billion worldwide, twice as many as automobiles.  Persons engaged in cycling are referred to as “cyclists”, or “bicyclists”.  In USA, people use bikes for slimming and for burning down calories. Cycles are very popular in some countries like China, Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Switzerland, Japan & Norway because people use the bicycles for transportation needs on short trips as an alternative to automobilles, for going to work, transport of goods, and for recreation purposes.

Road side cycling

In Philippines, cycling is also called as biking.  Filipinos use cycles mainly for recreation, for exercise, for transport, and of course, for sports.  As a sport, the Filipino people love cycling and they organize local cycling events each year.  In 1955, The Le Tour de Filipinas was organized and won by Antonio Arzala, a Filipino cyclist.  It is a professional road bicycle racing stage race held in Luzon, Philippines held annually as part of the UCI Asia Tour, the first and only local road race sanctioned by the Swiss-based Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

Tour

 

Le Tour De Filipinas is held in April every year.  While the course changes every year, the tour traditionally ends at Rizal Park, Manila. Its previous names included the Tour of Luzon, Marlboro Tour, Tour of CALABARZON, Tour Pilipinas and Padyak Pinoy, before carrying the current name. The 2013 edition of the race was won by Iranian cyclist, Ghader Mizbani held last April 13-16, 2013.  Mr. Bert Lina, considered as the messiah of Philippine cycling, conceived the Le Tour as a vehicle for sports tourism and welcomed international entries. It was also his way of upgrading the quality of cycling in the country and challenging Filipino riders to defend the home turf.

 

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April 2013 Trivia Time

  1. The exotic Philippine jeepney is a post-war creation inspired by the GI jeeps that the American soldiers brought to the country in the 1940s. Jeepneys are the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines. They are known for their crowded seating and flamboyant decorations, which have become a ubiquitous symbol of Philippine culture and art.

    Known for their crowded seating and flamboyant decorations, which have become an ubiquitous symbol of Philippine culture and art.

    Known for their crowded seating and flamboyant decorations, which have become an ubiquitous symbol of Philippine culture and art.

  2. Glas isn’t solid, but liquid.
  3. In the Philippines, Filipinos were introduced to the English language in 1762 by British invaders, not Americans.
  4. Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a person from stop producing tears. Try it next time you chop onions!
  5. The tiny Water Bear (Tardigrade) can survive environments extreme enough to kill any other animal – with temperatures as low as -273°C close to Absolute Zero to as high as 151°C.  Tardigrades (commonly known as water bears or moss piglets) are small, water-dwelling, segmented animals with eight legs. Tardigrade - Water Bear

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Trivia Time March 2013

  1. Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

    Fruit with the Highest Calories

    Fruit with the Highest Calories

  2. Dom Perignon is the name of the monk credited with making the discovery of the bubbled wine, now called champagne.
  3. The first birthday celebrations were pagan in nature. It was believed that on a person’s birthday he is susceptible to evil spirits so family and friends would gather around the birthday celebrator to protect him.They would give their happy thoughts and well wishes to ward off the evil spirits.
  4. Sunglasses were invented in China in 1200 to conceal the eyes of judges while sitting in court.
  5. A diamond will not dissolve in acid. The only thing that can destroy it is intense heat.Diamonds

 

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February 2013 Trivia Time

  1. The vast seas are rich, holding more than 20 million tons of gold. However,  the metal is so dilute that each liter of seawater contains, on average, about 13 billionths of a gram of gold and if we could extract all of it, each person on Earth could have 9 pounds of the shiny stuff.

    20 billion tons of gold in the oceans

    20 billion tons of gold in the oceans

  2. The biggest organism on the planet is fungus. In 1992, scientists reporting in Nature revealed to the world a Armillaria, or honey mushroom, fungal organism that spans 2,200 acres in Oregon.
  3. With all the talks of global warming and rising sea levels, it is the residents of the Maldives that have the greatest reason to fear. With an average height of around 1.8 meters above sea level their nation is the lowest on Earth.
  4. A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.
  5. With 99% of the country covered in desert Libya is one of the most arid places in the world and in some regions decades may go by without a single drop of rain.

    99% of the country is desert land

    99% of the country is desert

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January 2013 Trivia Time

  1. When the Titanic departed from port it was documented to have carried approximately 1,000 loaves of bread, 86,000 pounds of meat, 40,000 eggs and 36,000 apples to feed the passengers and crew on the 7 day voyage.Titanic
  2. Ter Sami is the least spoken language of the world that is spoken by just two people. This language was spoken in Kola Peninsula, Russia.
  3. The active ingredient in most toothpastes is called sodium fluoride. Sodium fluoride can be lethal, young children using regular toothpaste with this ingredient should be monitored. Even swallowing small amounts can cause stomach problems or worse.
  4. The small island of Nauru holds the record for being the most overweight country in the world, with ninety-five percent of the population obese. The obesity rate is primarily attributed to the importing of western fast food that coincided with the increased standard of living in the twentieth century.
  5. Only one McDonald’s in the world has turquoise arches. Government officials in Sedona, Arizona, thought the yellow would look bad with the natural red rock of the city. Mcdonalds

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December 2012

  1. It is a tradition in the Philippines, that Filipinos focus on all round things during the new year.  They consume round fruits such as grapes and oranges and wear clothing with round shapes such as polka dots in red.  The round shape reminds and celebrates the roundness of coins, as they hope for prosperity in the new year.
Round Fruits remind Filipinos of coins and give hope for prosperity in the New Year

Round Fruits remind Filipinos of coins and give hope for prosperity in the New Year

2. In the city of Talca in Chili, people participate in a mass on New Years Eve and then they all go visit the graveyard, to set up their chairs and wait for the year to arrive with the dead.  They are celebrating the new year with their dead relatives for the past 15 years. The doors of the cemetery are opened for the local public by the Town’s mayor at 11 pm sharp. People are welcomed in the cemetery with light classical music and dim blinking lights making the cemetery a perfect party place.

3. The single women of Ireland wait desperately for the New Year’s night because it is the night that can bring them the love of their life. They place mistletoe leaves under their pillow hoping to catch their future husband. It is also believed in Irish culture that it helps them get rid of bad luck.

4. In Britain, when the Big Ben clocks strikes 12, everyone gathers around to sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’, a Scottish song. It was written by Robert Burns in the 1700’s, literally meaning “old long ago,” or simply, “the good old days”, to remember old and new friends.

New Year's Eve

5. People in countries like Mexico, Bolivia and Italy also follow a weird New Year tradition of wearing red underwear on the eve of the New Year. It is said to bring good luck for the entire year, while yellow underwear is also worn on the New Year’s Day as it symbolizes money. In Brazil most people wear white clothes on New Year’s Eve to bring good luck and peace for the year that will follow.

 

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November Trivia

 

  1. According to historical accounts, the first Christmas in the Philippines was celebrated 200 years before Ferdinand Magellan discovered the country for the western world, likely between the years 1280 and 1320 AD. 
  2. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  3. Sliced bread was patented by a jeweler.  Otto Rohwedder, in 1928. He had been working on it for 16 years, having started in 1912.
  4. The women of an African tribe make themselves more attractive by permanently scaring their faces.
  5. Silver Arowana are primitive, prehistoric fish. They actually have teeth on their tongue that comprise the bite they have for their food.

 

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October 2012 Trivia Time

  1. Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death. 
  2. The most common situation or scenario that people dream is “being chased or attacked”. According to dream experts, when you have this kind of dream, you are undergoing stress. The bad person or monster chasing you symbolizes any of the following : anger, fear, envy, hatred and anxiety.
  3. The father catfish keeps the eggs in his mouth until they are ready to be hatched.
  4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
  5. Buckingham Palace has over six hundred rooms.

 

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