En route to the Memorial 1945: Battle of Manila 70th Anniversary Walking Tour with BFF Patintera last February 28, we got sidetracked and ended up at the Fort Santiago with her family.
The wind was cool and the sun was kind and the kids were happy to be strolling outdoors. Fort Santiago has changed quite a bit since the last time I was there. Some of the walls have succumbed to the elements but it was good to see that most of the historic fortress remain well maintained.
The most interesting feature of Fort Santiago is, of course, Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal. He was mostly revered for his heroism but what strikes me most about him is his genius. There seemed to be no limit to what he was capable of achieving. He was a remarkable linguist.
A gifted novelist:
And, rather surprisingly, an architect:
I may not look up to Rizal as a hero, simply due to his lack of written work in Filipino, but I sure am impressed with his genius. Much like Da Vinci, Rizal stretched his mind to limits that made impossible impossible.
Makes you wonder, in this age of specialization, where have all the polymaths gone?