By Rodel Rodis
Among my fondest childhood memories were the times I spent with my grandfather, Lope Elepano, in his home in Calamba, Laguna, where my mother and her siblings were born. On summer vacations and special holidays, I would often visit Calamba and stay with my Lolo.
The call to tear down “Torre de Manila,” the proposed 46-story condominium complex that will eventually block the iconic sight line of the monument and burial ground of the Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal at the Rizal Park in Manila, has become louder with the members of the Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR) leading an international campaign.
By Luis H. Francia
He was born poor and he died poor, not having materially profited from his service to a revolutionary government and his country that he envisioned as a just, humane and independent nation. He refused to pledge allegiance to a Western power that crossed the Pacific bent on an imperialist takeover, claiming that this was for the benefit of a captive brown race at the same time that that power betrayed its own revolutionary origins.
By Angelita Felixberto
The opera based on Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal’s novel, Noli Me Tangere, will be presented ” on August 8 and 9, at the Eisenhower Tower, John F. Kennedy Center here.
Jose Rizal’s 153rd birth anniversary was the occasion for celebration of the Philippine national hero’s “personable side” when the Philippine Folklife Museum Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Filipino history and culture, staged a reading of a story attributed him.