Japanese artists launch manga book on Rizal in time for hero’s 157th birthday

Image from Manga Club
  • A manga about Dr. Jose Rizal was written by two Japanese artists
  • It is now available for free at the Manga Club
  • The comics is a collaboration between two Japanese artists

MANILA, Philippines – The life and heroism of the country’s beloved national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, has been showcased in a recently released online manga – or Japanese comics – which has been made available starting June 19 at 4:00 pm.

June 19 marks Rizal’s 157th birthday. The online manga can be read for free at the Manga Club with Chapter 1 already available for all enthusiasts and admirers of the hero from Calamba.

Each subsequent chapters will be released every Tuesday.

The story carries the introduction: “In the land now known as the Philippines, there was a time when colonial Spain ruled for more than 300 years. During a period when native Filipinos once called Indios were oppressed, exploited, and stripped of their human rights, Jose Rizal was born on the outskirts of Manila.”

“’What does it mean to be a Filipino? Is it possible to incite change through knowledge and not violence?’ He thought of those every day,” it added.

Image via Twicsy

Four days before the launching, or last June 15, the group CREATIVE CONNECTIONS & COMMONS Inc. announced the release on its Facebook page.

“FOR THE FIRST TIME IN JAPAN! The world of Japanese comics pays homage to the quintessential Filipino, Jose Rizal!” the post, which has since gone viral on social media, said.

The comics introduced Rizal as “a doctor, novelist, and a painter who can speak 15 languages, Jose Rizal is a legendary figure who brought about national revolution through one epic novel!”

It is a collaboration between Japanese artists Ryou Konno and Takahiro Matsui, and published by ROLL.

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