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Why did Dr. Jose Rizal return to the Philippines?

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

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.

Posted: November 24th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

International call to tear down ‘Torre de Manila’

Order of Knights of Rizal officers led by Filipino American Council of Chicago president, Dr. Rufino Crisostomo (middle) show off the "Terror de Manila" signs in protest of the construction of a 46-story high-rise condo that will bloc the sight line from the Rizal Monument in Manila. PINOY photo

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.

Posted: September 16th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

A light that continues to illuminate


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.

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Gallery | Read More »

Opera based on Rizal’s novel to be shown at the Kennedy Center

A scene from ‘Noli’ the opera. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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.

Posted: July 9th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

A ‘kiss’ for Rizal’s 153 birth anniversary

Dramatic reading of “A Kiss from Loleng,” from left to right: Dody Garcia as Rizal, Lydia de la Cruz as Loleng, Leon Palad as Silverio. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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.

Posted: July 2nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »