Jose Rizal was the spark of the Philippine Revolution of 1896 by doing what everyone else was afraid to do, reveal the truth about the powerful friars and the inequality among the Filipinos and Spaniards. He managed to change the Philippines from Spain's strict rule, to a free independent country, with his intellectual power and the use of his pen.
When his two novels were released in the Philippines the fire started for a revolution of 1896. "His writing revealed the injustices he saw in the Philippines and so angered colonial officials that they banned his work and severely persecuted him." (Hamilton)
Jose Rizal: The spark of the Philippine Revolution Senior Division Website By Mariah Ollive