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 Riel vs. Rizal

Last month, many lucky Manitobans had the pleasure of sleeping in on a Monday “Louis Riel Day” morning. In my own extended sleep, I couldn’t help but compare our own Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal, and his special day of commemoration in December. So, in this article I figured I would share who I think is more deserving of their day of commemoration. How did their day of commemorations first come about? Is there any significance to why they are celebrated on a certain day of the year? To answer these questions let’s get to know them first.

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