The civic, educational and religious freedoms many of our heroes fight for began with the dreams and declarations of Thomas Jefferson. Though primarily known for his inspirational and revolutionary arguments on behalf of American Democracy and his two terms as an American president, Thomas Jefferson’s greatest accomplishment was eloquently defining freedom, democracy and human rights for the entire world.
Before his life was cut short at the age of 35, José Rizal accomplished more than many do in a lifetime. He was an award winning poet, and brilliant critic of the Spanish historical accounts of the societies in his native pre-colonial Philippines. Full of intelligence and humility, Rizal gained the respect and admiration of prominent men from around the world. Yet, more importantly, Rizal’s love for his nation and his fellow men led him to spark a revolution that uplifted the welfare of so many.