Ang Pambansang Bayani; that is how we know Jose Rizal. He is famous for his works, namely Noli me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, which inspired Filipinos to revolt against Spanish colonizers. Jose Rizal is known as a doctor, a chick magnet, and the man who sparked the Philippine Revolution. But what would he be like if he was in the modern days? As it is his birthday today, June 19, here is how we imagine what modern-day Rizal would be like:
He Would Be a Blogger.
If he were alive today, he would probably have a blog where he would publish his works. Imagine how many published works Rizal would have if they had social media back then! He would probably use pen names so that he could write in different blogs as well. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see essays written by Jose Rizal, Laong Laan, and Dimasalang all over the Internet.
He Would Be a Property Seller.
A little-known fact is that Jose Rizal almost made his own version of Calamba in Sabah. Calamba residents were kicked out by Spaniards because of their claims that the rent was too high. Rizal, being their spokesperson at the time, felt personally responsible for this.
Due to this, he almost bought Sabah when it was still called North Borneo. In the modern day, Rizal would probably hit up the British colonial officials on a website like Property24 for the land and Calamba residents would be living in Sabah. But alas, the Spanish regime stopped the transaction. What would have happened if the colonization of Sabah pushed through?
He Would Be on Dating Apps.
Jose Rizal is a heartthrob, there’s no doubt about that. Just look at the long list of women who fell for him. From the famous Leonor Rivera and Josephine Bracken, to the lesser-known women like Segunda Katigbak and Nelly Boustead. Obviously, Jose Rizal had a way with the ladies. It wouldn’t be too hard imagining Rizal on today’s dating applications. Juggling women left and right, Rizal would probably be more famous with the ladies online especially since it’s more convenient than communication back then.
He Would Be An Expert At Diskarte.
Jose Rizal was frugal. Almost stingy. He actually passed around a hat so that people could pay their share for champagne he brought to a potluck party once. But he had a reason for this. Rizal would save money so he could buy books and expand his library.
According to Ambeth Ocampo’s “Rizal Without the Overcoat,” Rizal gained money was in 1896 when it became mandatory for women to wear stocking when coming to mass. But the problem was, there were no stockings available! Rizal, being the resourceful man that he is, sold some of his old socks to get some extra cash.
Another instance would be when Rizal was in Spain and his allowance came late. Rizal nearly sold his ring for some cash, rather than sell his books. If he were alive today, Rizal would probably make use of OLX to sell his ring. Can you imagine an OLX ad made by Jose Rizal? It would probably be incredibly detailed.
He Would Be A World Explorer.
Jose Rizal has been to multiple countries, including Spain, Japan, and China. It’s safe to say he’s well-travelled. If Rizal were alive today, he would probably be scouring for promos and piso fares by airlines to save money while travelling! Imagine if Jose Rizal had a travel blog. It would probably be filled with his adventures all over the globe.
Jose Rizal is truly an influential person. He thrived in 19th century, so he is bound to flourish in the 21st, what with the resources available now. No matter what time you place Rizal in, he would surely make an impact. Happy Birthday, Jose Rizal!
Editor’s Note: This article was written by Julianne Angeles who is currently taking an internship under the OLX Marketing Team.