Rizal Day is celebrated on Dec. 30, the anniversary of the execution of Dr. Jose Rizal who is considered a national hero in Philippine history.
Officials and representatives of community Filipino civic organizations congregate at the statue of Rizal on the lawn of the Historic County Building to offer floral tributes and hear remarks of the life and deeds of Rizal, who was an advocate for Filipino equality and liberation from Spanish rule.
He was arrested for treason, and convicted on the grounds of rebellion, sedition, and conspiring against the government. He was sentenced to execution by a firing squad on Dec. 30, 1896. His deaath was the final straw for the Filipinos, and the end for the Spanish colonisers.
Source: The Garden Island