There are two common misconceptions about Young Rizal: firstly, that he was an exceptional child who could do everything, and secondly, that he was born that way. However, upon closer study, we realize that both of these assumptions are untrue, and many of the stories that portray him as a prodigy at a very young age are fabricated. In this slide, we will take a closer look on Rizal's childhood and present him as a normal child rather than a superhero. We will also explore the people and events that shaped him into the person he became during his formative years. --- Jose Rizal was the seventh child of the Mercado family, who were relatively well-off and lived on a tenant land owned by a Dominican in Calamba, Laguna 1. Saturnina Nickname: Neneng She’s the oldest of the Rizal chidren. She married Manuel T. Hidalgo of Tanawan, Batangas and had five children together. 2. Paciano Also known as: "Lolo Ciano" He was the older (also only) brother and confidant of Jose Rizal. After his younger brother’s execution, he joined the Philippine Revolution and became a combat general. After the Revolution, he retired to his farm in Los Baños, where he lived as a gentleman farmer and died an old bachelor aged 79. He had two children by his mistress (Severina Decena) – a boy and a girl. 3. Narcisa Pet Name: Sisa She was the one who found the unmarked grave of her brother in the abandoned Old Paco Cemetary. She married Antonio Lopez (nephew of Father Leoncio Lopez), a school teacher and musician from Morong. 4. Olimpia Pet name: Ypia She married Silvestre Ubaldo, a telegraph operator from Manila. and together they had three children. She died in 1887 from childbirth when she was only 32 years old. 5. Lucia She married Mariano Herbosa of Calamba, who was a nephew of Father Casanas. Together, they had five children. In 1889, Mariano died due to an epidemic but was denied a Christian burial. This was due to the fact that he was the brother in law of Jose Rizal. 6. Maria Nickname: Biang She married Daniel Faustino Cruz of Biñan, Laguna and together they had 5 children. Mauricio Cruz, one of Maria's children became a student of Jose Rizal in Dapitan and was known to be one of his uncle's favorites. Maria was a known recipient of many od Jose's letters during his lifetime. Francisco Mercado Rizal was more than just the father of Jose Rizal; he was a man of admirable qualities. Born on May 11, 1818, in Binan Laguna, Francisco Mercado Rizal studied Latin and Philosophy at the College of San Jose in Manila. Francisco lost his father early, and when both of his parents died, he moved to Calamba to work in a hacienda owned by a Dominican. He was a man of few words but great actions, with a strong body and a sharp mind. He was elected by the citizens of Calamba to be their "cabeza de barangay," or head of the town. His son, Jose Rizal, affectionately called him "a model of fathers" in his student memoirs.