FINALLY HE IS HERE! See It, Feel It and Celebrate the Unveiling of the Rizal Monument – A Joint Project of Various Filipino-American Organizations with the Support of the City of Carson, California and of the Philippine Consulate General Los Angeles. The statue of Dr. Jose P. Rizal will be unveil at the International Sculpture Garden, 701 East Carson St., City of Carson, CA 90749 (in front of the Carson Civic/Community Center).
Expected dignitaries from the Philippines, the United States, and other countries have been invited. Chairpersons for this historic event and legacy are: City of Carson Mayor Jim Dear, Councilman Elito Santarina; Monchito ‘Chito’ Mandap, also chair of the Dr. Jose P. Rizal Monument Movement, and Antero Pagunsan, Kalayaan chair 2012.
For more information contact: Chito (626) 823-8752); Margie Revilla-Garcia of the City of Carson (310) 830-7600 ext. 1150, or Antero (714) 676-6627.
Appreciation Gala Night:
The Westin Los Angeles Airport
5400 W. Century Blvd., L.A., CA 90045.
September 29, 2012 Saturday 6:00pm
Dr. Jose P. Rizal Monument Movement Appreciation Gala will be held at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5400 W. Century Blvd., L.A., CA 90045.
In the spirit of unity and patriotism, everyone is invited. Donation is $60.00. Music by Bits N’ Pieces Band. Attire: Formal/Barong/Filipiniana. For information, contact: Zeny Sabocor (323) 222-6531, Techie T. Quiatchon (818) 458-8080, or email@example.com.
Dr. Jose P. Rizal is the national hero of the Philippines. He was a primary proponent of peaceful reforms during the Spanish Colonialization in the 1800s. Dr. Rizal was a scholar, prolific writer, an anthropologist and traveled to many countries in Asia and Europe.
Monuments of Rizal stand in many other parts of the world and he continues to be recognized globally for his leadership to bring freedom, liberation, and justice through peaceful means to all people. This will be the first Rizal monument in the State of California. The Rizal Monument is a gift from the people of the Philippines to the people of Carson, CA.
About Jose Rizal:
José Protacio Mercado Alonzo y Realonda Rizal (June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896), was a Chinese Filipino polymath, patriot and the most prominent advocate for reform in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. He is regarded as the foremost Filipino patriot and is listed as one of the national heroes of the Philippines by the National Heroes Committee. His execution day in 1896, now known as Rizal Day, is a national holiday in the Philippines.
Rizal was born to a rich family in Calamba, Laguna and was the seventh of eleven children. He attended the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, earning a Bachelor of Arts, andenrolled in medicine at the University of Santo Tomas. He continued his studies at theUniversidad Central de Madrid in Madrid, Spain, earning the degree of Licentiate in Medicine. He also attended the University of Paris and earned a second doctorate at the University of Heidelberg.
Rizal was a polyglot, conversant in twenty-two languages. He was a prolific poet, essayist, diarist, correspondent, and novelist whose most famous works were his two novels, Noli me Tangere and El filibusterismo. These social commentaries on Spanish rule formed the nucleus of literature that inspired peaceful reformists and armed revolutionaries alike.
As a political figure, José Rizal was the founder of La Liga Filipina, a civic organization that subsequently gave birth to the Katipunan led by Andrés Bonifacio, which wouldstart the Philippine Revolution against Spain, leading to the foundation of the First Philippine Republic under Emilio Aguinaldo. He was a proponent of achieving Philippine self-government peacefully through institutional reform rather than through violent revolution, although he would support “violent means” as a last resort. Rizal believed that the only justification for national liberation and self-government is the restoration of the dignity of the people, saying “Why independence, if the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow?” The general consensus among Rizal scholars is that his execution by the Spanish government ignited the Philippine Revolution. For more information visit http://www.joserizal.ph/