In a drastic turn of events, another radical organization rose up in August of 1896. Its members were called the Katipunan. They often resorted to violence, which Rizal did not approve of. Despite his denunciation of the group, Rizal was arrested on charges of sedition, and sentenced to execution by firing squad.
Rizal died on December 30, 1896, at the age of 35. Rather than silencing his voice, however, Rizal's death spawned increased support for his ideals and helped to explode the Filipino movement for independent rule.
Inspired by Rizal, the Katipunan went on to lead the revolution that toppled Spain. Two years later, the Spanish ceased to control the Philippines. Sadly, in another unexpected twist of fate, their hard-fought gains were immediately crushed when the United States invaded in 1899, claiming ownership of the Philippines after having defeated Spain in the Spanish-American War.
The Philippines would not, therefore, gain complete independence until after World War II.
Rizal is still revered as an instrumental force in the independence movement and is remembered as a Filipino national hero.
José Rizal stayed true to his roots and fought systems of colonial oppression through the educating powers of literature. That's why he's a Time Traveler Tours #HistoryHero. Many thanks to Candy Gourlay of London, UK, for bringing him to our attention.