Dr José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda is considered a national hero of the Philippines for his life as a nationalist and reformist. José Rizal was well educated and well respected, an inspiration to younger generations. The date of his death is celebrated in the Philippines as a national holiday. Many monuments and statues have been built in his honour. At 22 feet this statue in Calamba City is the world’s tallest, and was built in his home town in commemoration of 150 years since his birth.
I stopped off at Calamba on the way to a family gathering, taking a few quick shots under the morning sun. This particular statue also holds significance as a key portal in the augmented reality game Ingress; by capturing this portal I seized more than half a million ‘Mind Units’ from the enemy team.