Jose Rizal Museums celebrate Filipino hero’s 159th birth anniversary online

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Jose Rizal 159th birth anniversary
The annual commemoration of Jose Rizal’s birth anniversary shift to online this year as mass gatherings are still prohibited due to the enforced community quarantine to stop the spread of COVID-19. Photo credits to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

The Museo ni Jose Rizal of Calamba in Laguna, Dapitan in Zamboanga del Norte, and Fort Santiago inside the historical Walled City of Intramuros in Manila are commemorating the Philippine hero’s 159th birth anniversary on June 19, 2020, amid the coronavirus disease pandemic.

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) announced on its Facebook page today, June 18, that the simple rites are to be held in honor of the country’s national hero at Calamba, Dapitan, and Intramuros while mass gathering is still prohibited under the enforced community quarantine.

The NHCP called on people to visit Museo ni Jose Rizal Facebook pages and watch the video and documentaries about the hero’s life, achievements, and contributions in nation-building to mark one of the significant dates in Philippine history.

Here are the Museo ni Jose Rizal Facebook pages:

  1. Museo ni Jose Rizal Calamba
  2. Museo ni Jose Rizal Dapitan
  3. Museo ni Jose Rizal Fort Santiago

The eve of Jose Rizal’s birthday also saw the lighting of the “lampara” in Calamba as a tribute to the hero and a challenge to Filipino youth to follow the son of Laguna’s inspiration through participation in a Nationwide Youth Artwork Competition.

In 2019, Jose Rizal Museum in Calamba, a SouthEast Asian clean city awardee, hosted a two-day “Malikhaing Rizal” Summer Art Workshop and Exhibits which featured paintings created with pigments using naturally-derived paints.

Google Philippines also celebrated Rizal’s birth anniversary through a special Google Doodle.

Filipino sculptor Rolando “Lan” Magboo also created a chess set with pieces featuring national hero Jose Rizal and some characters from his world-renowned novels.

TELL US in the comments below, how are you inspired by the Philippines’ national hero Jose Rizal?

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Lorenzo Cruz
Lorenzo Cruz believes that the power of beauty could help the Philippines to rise to the top. He is a travel and fashion enthusiast who loves to explore Filipino culture.