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Singapore President honors Rizal

Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam (center L) receives arrival honors as he walks with Philippine Air Force Chief, Lieutenant General Lauro Catalino Dela Cruz at the airport on his first state visit to Manila on April 2, 2014. Tan is scheduled to meet with Philippine President Benigno Aquino and will visit the central Philippine regions that were devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.  AFP

Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his state delegation on Thursday offered a wreath in honor of Dr. Jose Rizal at the Luneta Park in Manila. The wreath-laying ceremony was witnessed by Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and other Manila officials.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

Noli Me Tangere in Manhattan

A scene of the party at Don Santiago's Binondo home, welcoming Ibarra back. Photo/Project Fury13

Last year, Noli Me Tangere, the opera, was staged in Chicago. I heard about it and wanted to see it but couldn’t and wished that it would be staged here as well. Fortunately like-minded New York-based Filipinos had the same idea.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Noli Me Tangere: The Opera debuts in New York

The First Tagalog Opera is set to stage in New York City on Oct. 4, 5 and 6. As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, the Foundation for Filipino Artists, Inc. will present the musical masterpiece “Noli Me Tangere: The Opera.” The Opera is an adaptation of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal’s novel of the same name and, stems from the collaborative artistry of two Philippine national artists, composer Felipe de Leon and Guillermo Tolentino, who were responsible for the libretto. The Opera will be sung in the Philippine national language with English subtitles.

Posted: September 29th, 2013 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Symposium tackles challenges of growing up Fil-Am

Panelists at “Defining Filipino Identity” in Carson City, California symposium. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Hiyasmin Quijano

Filipino American elders and youth explored the challenges of Filipino American youth during a symposium on “Defining the Filipino Identity” held August 24 at the 7th Annual Philippine Heritage Institute International Congress in the Carson Community Center.

Posted: September 4th, 2013 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

Imagining the Filipino


This semester for the first time I taught a course on José Rizal, titling my seminar, “José Rizal and His Novels: Imagining the Filipino.”

Posted: May 17th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

A Rizal Who Never Was


New York—I have always been somewhat mystified by the controversy over whether or not Rizal retracted on the eve of his execution—this December 30th marks the 116th anniversary. The good friars who seemed overly solicitous concerning the fate of the 35 year old’s soul put it as a matter of defending the Catholic Church against [...]

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Rizal kin embrace hero’s standards Down Under

Dr. Jose Rizal’s descendants are all over the world. FILE PHOTO

Enrique “Iking” Reyes, great-grandson of Dr. Jose Rizal’s eldest sister, Saturnina Realonda Rizal, has an IQ hovering between 130 and 150.

Posted: November 4th, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Rizal Park opened in Sydney suburb

‘POWERFUL SYMBOL OF NEW CHAPTER IN OLD FRIENDSHIP’ This is how President Aquino describes the Jose Rizal statue in the new Rizal Park in Rosewood near Sydney on Friday during the unveiling of the 5-meter bronze statue. It was made and donated by well-known sculptor Eduardo Castrillo. It’s the seventh Rizal landmark in Australia. Malacañang Photo Bureau

There is a new Rizal Park and it is in Australia, serving to “light the way” for 220,000 Filipino migrants who have found refuge on a continent far away from home.

Posted: October 27th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

Tabula Rizal


We continue to invent Rizal, long after he existed. Despite the earnestness of his self-proclaimed guardians with their strictures on how he should be viewed, he has been lifted out of history, canonized, if not deified, as much by legend as by his ideas.

Posted: June 19th, 2012 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Knights of Rizal bring hero back to Europe

THE JOSE P. RIZAL Traveling Museum opens in Brussels ahead of the national hero’s 151st birth anniversary.

The Jose P. Rizal Traveling Museum opened in Brussels over the weekend, ahead of the commemoration on Tuesday of the 151st birth anniversary of the country’s national hero, also the most renown overseas Filipino.

Posted: June 17th, 2012 in Europe,Global Pinoy,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »



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