In the movie Dr. Jose Rizal is a curious kid, the seventh child of Francisco Mercado Rizal and Teodora Alonso y Quintos, was born in Calamba, Laguna, on June 19, 1861. Francisco Mercado was 43-years old when Rizal was born, having more than average height; his face was serious and noble. He was a man of few words, dignified and hospitable. Having studied in the Colegio de San Jose in Manila, he possessed an elementary education that was sufficient to successfully carry out the management of the large agricultural properties that were leased to him. He was the first Mercado from the neighboring town of Biñan to settle in Calamba. Teodora Alonzo, who undoubtedly was the most striking personality in the family circle, owing to her intelligence, culture and disposition. A well-read person, She knew how to appreciate literature, corrected her son’s verses and guided him in his study of rhetoric; she had a good knowledge of mathematics.
His parents had 11 children: Saturnina, Paciano, Narcisa, Olimpia, Lucia, Maria, Jose, Concepcion, Josefa, Trinidad and Soledad. When he was just a kid, his brother Paciano told him about the GOMBURZA. Barely three years old, Rizal learned the alphabet from his mother. His mother taught him how to read and write. I think Paciano played a huge role in Jose Rizal’s personality. Paciano, holding up the sacred fire of patriotism, was able to transmit this flame to the soul of Jose. The shadow of Paciano may be clearly visualized in the image of Rizal. In his essence of the highest and purest of ideals. He studied at Colegio de San Juan de Letran and he graduated from Ateneo Municipal de Manila. In the movie, when Dr. Jose Rizal was studying he was fearless, he asks his teachers bold questions although he was a Indio, and he also protected other Indios when Spanish students bullied them.