If you’re a Filipino or you just grew up in the Philippines, you should know that Jose Rizal is pretty much a big deal. Everyone in high school is required to analyze his two major works and he’s on the one Peso coin (a.k.a the only money we got all the time), so how can you not know this guy?
However, outside of that national hero cape, Jose Rizal is really just like us in many ways. You don’t believe us? Here’s 8 Reasons why we think he is the OG Filipino Millennial!
1. HE TRAVELS A LOT
Known to many, our national hero has traveled near and far to study and a lot of the places he’s visited are actually on our must-visit list. Hong Kong, Japan, America, Paris? Talk about a real #Wanderlust!
2. HE WAS A DATING MACHINE
Whether you’re #TeamJosephine or #TeamLeonor, everyone knows that Jose Rizal dated a lot of girls around the world before he settled with (~spoiler alert~) Josephine in Zamboanga. Rumor is, he had a different girl in every country he’s been to. Mind you, he did all of this pre-Tinder and pre-Bumble era! Conclusion: our homeboy has game.
3. HE WAS VERY OPINIONATED
If he was born in the digital age, we’re sure he would love the “call out culture” that we have now. Also, as a skilled writer, we’re sure Jose Rizal would have an amazing blog with a lot of quotable quotes! Don’t even get us started on his potential Facebook profile picture captions.
4. HE HAD MULTIPLE SKILLS
Millennials are known to be the slash generation, they have a 9AM to 6PM job, but still do freelancing, bc why not? Just like the millennials, Rizal too was a doctor, teacher, newspaper contributor, and author! Yup, ya boy had multiple rakets, too! One of which, was to be a stand-in model in one of Juan Luna’s paintings!
5. HE WAS A FIRM BELIEVER THAT YOUNG PEOPLE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
Call us cheesy, but he believed in us, fam. Millennials want to spark change and make a difference wherever we go, and he did too.
What do you think? Do you feel now that our resemblance with our national hero is real? Sound off in the comments below!
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