As a medical student in Barcelona, Spain he met Dr. Jose Rizal and became his close friend. He helped Rizal and other propagandas work for justice and changes in the government of the Philippines.

It was a while traveling with Rizal in Europe that he learned Rizal needed money to publish the Noli Me Tangere. He offered to help Rizal and 2,000 copies were printed in 1887. To thank him, Rizal gave him the first published copy with the dedication: "To my friend, Maximo Viola, the first to read and appreciate my work -- Jose Rizal, March 29, 1887."

Date of Birth: October 17, 1857
Place of Birth: San Miguel, Bulacan
Date of Death: September 3, 1933

Values Exhibited:

Learning Message:

Ang pagbabago ay nakakamit din sa mapayapang pamamaraan. (Changes can also be achieved through peaceful means.)


He quit law school at the outbreak of the Philippine Revolution in August 1896 to the forces of general Aguinaldo. His first assignment was to transport gunpowder from Manila to Cavite.

He fought in the battle of Binakayan on November 9, 1896.

He was fatally wounded when the Spanish army assaulted the town of Salitran on March 1, 1897. He sustained a gunshot in his stomach. Two days later, he died at the military hospital in Imus.

Date of Birth: December 22, 1874
Place of Birth: Tondo, Manila
Date of Death: March 3, 1897

Values Exhibited:
  Love of fellow beings

Learning Message:

Wala nang hihigit pang kadakilaan sa pag-alay ng buhay sa bayan. (Nothing is nobler than offering one's life to the country.)

Superheroes of Abundance

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