Signed copies of the manga depicting the life of Dr Jose Rizal were handed over to the Philippine Embassy in Japan ahead of his 125th death anniversary on December 30.

On Facebook on Wednesday, the embassy said the copies, which were signed by writer Takahiro Matsui and artist Ryo Konno, will be part of their Sentro Rizal library.

Chargé d’affaires (CDA) Robespierre L. Bolivar said in a statement that they aimed to make this work of art an entertaining new avenue for Filipino and Japanese students to get to know Rizal.

“As a teacher before joining the diplomatic service, I know for a fact that asking students to remember dates, names and events is not enough,” he said.

“As such, the publication of this Manga presents a creative way to capture the interest and inspire the younger generations, comic book fans, to learn more about our national hero,” he added.

Entitled “Jose Rizal, The Life of the Illustrated Filipino Hero,” the manga was first published online in 2018 and then released in Filipino, English and Japanese.

He discusses key events in his life, starting with his execution in Bagumbayan. It also revolves around Rizal’s childhood, his upbringing, his writings, and his continued reform during Spanish rule in the Philippines.

—Franchesca Viernes / MGP, GMA News