Dr. Jose Rizal monument now stands in Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal’s life-size bronze statue in Manitoba, Canada. Photo from City Councilor Vivian Santos.

The Philippines’ national hero Dr. Jose Rizal’s life-sized bronze monument now stands in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada.

The sculpture was created by world-renowned Canadian sculptor Peter Sawatzky. Also on the Tyndall stone cenotaph are custom-made bronze plaques that have inscriptions of Dr. Rizal’s famous quotes.

The tribute to Jose Rizal, erected in Waterford Green Common, right on Dr. Jose Rizal Way, was unveiled on August 24, 2020, by the Knights of Rizal Winnipeg Chapter with around 30 guests in attendance.

“These are dedicated to continue his teachings for our youth, all Winnipeggers and kababayans who live in our great city we are all proud to call home,” City Councilor Vivian Santos wrote in a social media post.

“I also want to congratulate the executive members of the Knights of Rizal – Winnipeg Chapter for their hard work and dedication in achieving the commemoration of Dr. José Rizal, Philippines National Hero, here in Winnipeg,” Santos added.

Jose Rizal authored novels exposing the tyranny of Spanish colonizers and stood up for Filipinos until his execution in 1896. His legacy still thrives to this day not only in the Philippines but in the countries he visited during his travels.

Another monument of the Filipino polymath and national hero stands in Canada’s own version of Manila’s Luneta Park Gardens.

A Japanese manga about Jose Rizal’s life was released for the hero’s 157th birth anniversary.

Spain has renamed a street in Madrid to Calle de Jose Rizal in honor of his heroic deeds.

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