LOOK: Food that are part of Jose Rizal's life

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED June 19, 2018 11:55 am

(Inside Manila) The country's national hero, Jose Rizal, has always been described in great words in any books. But setting his heroic pedestal aside, Rizal is actually a foodie who knows and loves a good food. Contrary to popular belief, there are snacks, dishes and other 19th century consumables that shaped the hero's life.

Inside Manila names a few. Take a look:


Studying abroad can never be inexpensive more so in the times of Rizal. In an article by Pepper PH, the national hero is said to have lived off on alcohol, tea and a box of biscuits which he would even ration. Several books also confirmed that Rizal has to strictly budget his monthly allowance and would not have his family know that he's starving.  This was ultimately tested when a conflict in their family's estate in Laguna began where it took months before his family could give him money.


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One of the many known favorite food of Rizal is the soup-based dish Tinola. The national hero truly like this dish that it was one of the earliest mentioned food in his famed novel "Noli Me Tangere". In the book, he gave the dish symbolism on politics and social status wherein Padre Damaso was angered as he received the neck part of the chicken even though he's one of the upper classes.


On days he can splurge in Europe, Rizal is said to indulge in pansit. The hero's love for the dish transpires as one of his notable favorites is his sister Narcisa's pansit luglog.


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Ginisang Munggo

Historians have also revealed that in his days of exile in Dapitan, the hero would often have tuyo and ginisang munggo for breakfast.

Three hard-boiled eggs

These boiled eggs maybe one of the most underrated food in Rizal's life as this was the only meal served to the hero before his execution. In the end, Rizal didn't eat the boiled eggs and simply set it down in the corner and left it there.


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