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Jose Rizal from 12 to 35: Photos of Rizal ‘from cradle to grave’ resurface on the Internet

By Lora Mae U. Reyes Published Sep 17, 2021 3:36 pm Updated Sep 17, 2021 3:44 pm

Filipino historian and leading expert on Jose Rizal Prof. Ambeth R. Ocampo took to Facebook to show the different photos of Jose Rizal starting from his puberty years up to the time of his death—or as what Ocampo called “from cradle to grave.”

The historian and author wrote, “We have photographs of Rizal from 1873, age 12 as a student at the Ateneo Municipal till 1896, to when he was shot dead in Bagumbayan at age 35.”

 He added that he started going through his files from Saturday night to Saturday morning, “cropping and placing the 37 known photos of Rizal in a timeline that would not fit on my computer screen.”

The first set of photos shows the National Hero from 1873 to 1889. “So here is Part 1 covering the years 1873-1889 or from age 12 in Manila to age 28 in Paris.”

Following his first post, Ocampo also uploaded another set of photos from 1889 to 1898. He said, “I found three more Rizal photos and added them to the progression.”

Many netizens expressed their amazement at how Rizal looked in his younger years. 



Check out some photos of Rizal below to see how he looked through the years.

A young Jose Rizal. Photos from Ambeth Ocampo's Facebook account.
1887 sketch and photos of Rizal. From Ambeth Ocampo's Facebook account.

 One netizen asked for proof of Rizal’s underbite as it wasn’t evident in the first set of photographs. However, Ocampo said that “three orthodontists have given their professional opinion on this (underbite) based on the photo of the skull and the profile pics.”

1889 rare photos of Rizal smiling. From Ambeth Ocampo’s Facebook page
1889 photo of Rizal posed as Sikatuna for Juan Luna’s portrait
1892 photograph of Rizal's nape from paintings. From Ambeth Ocampo's Facebook account

According to Ocampo, this photograph of Rizal was from two paintings by Juan Luna.

1896 photos. From Ambeth Ocampo's Facebook account

Ocampo commented that the first photograph of Rizal was “an artist’s rendition of Rizal walking to Luneta.” He added, “If it was based on a photo, it has not yet surfaced.”

Photo of Rizal’s skull two years after his death in 1896. From Ambeth Ocampo's Facebook account

Banner photos from the Presidential Museum and Library PH's Flickr account and from Ambeth Ocampo’s Facebook account. Thumbnail photo from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas via Presidential Museum and Library PH’s Flickr account