By Resil B. Mojares – The Philippine Star (This is an excerpt of a lecture titled “Jose Rizal and the Invention of a National Literature” delivered by the author in the recent PEN conference, which he dedicated to F. Sionil Jose. “Among the writers of his generation,” Mojares said, “Sionil Jose has been, in his [...] Read more »
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By Sir Choy Arnaldo, KGOR • Despite surprise rains and cold mornings, spring in Paris has marked a major turning point for the Knights of Rizal and the Damas de Rizal in France. • The Dimasalang île de France Chapter celebrates its second anniversary. • The Damas de Rizal, kababaihang Rizalista, marks its first year of [...] Read more »
Isle of Dapitan Isle of Triumph For Dr José Rizal, landing in Dapitan in the evening of 17 July 1892, was not a defeat, but a triumph. This was the theme developed by Sir Carlos A. Arnaldo, KGOR, Supreme Archivist of the Knights of Rizal as he delivered the Rizal lecture in the gardens of [...] Read more »
By Sir Carlos Arnaldo – KGOR “Magandang umaga po, maaari po ba kaming umakyat?” “Tuloy po kayo. . . Ako po si Mrs Anna Maria Belen Lopez Rizal Bantug, these ladies are my mother, Mrs Asuncion Lopez Rizal Bantug, and her sisters, Mrs Natividad Lopez Rizal and Mrs Carmen Lopez Rizal Consunji. All [...] Read more »
By Henry F. Funtecha, Ph.D. â€“ One of the surprising things about Dr. Jose Rizal that should be recognized by every Filipino is the relevance of his political thoughts in every step of our political development. This is particularly of great importance in the light of the many political issues and concerns that confront the [...] Read more »
By Ambeth Ocampo MANILA, Philippinesâ€”There was a time that the big bookstore chain National Bookstore was so busy with other merchandise that books were actually neglected in their presentation and shelving. There was a small â€œFilipinianaâ€ shelf for books on the Philippines and by Filipino authors, and everything else was arranged by subject, hence books [...] Read more »
By Ahmed Cuizon Jose Rizalâ€™s romantic exploits wherever he went is legendary. But at age 29, did he really have an affair with a Belgian woman 16 years his senior? Apparently so, some historical accounts say. But Pros Slachmuylders, a Belgian, believes otherwise and shows evidence that history writers need to rectify the books.
By Rafael Castillo, MD HEIDELBERG, Germanyâ€”As one walks on the narrow streets and passages of the old town where centuries-old building have been preserved, one can appreciate a lot of history. And itâ€™s heartening to note that our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, was somehow part of it. At the main square of the famous [...] Read more »
Pasig City (20 June) — Over a century after his last visit, Dr. Jose Rizal, is once again back in his old stomping grounds in Singapore. The Philippine national hero was a frequent visitor of this now ultra-modern island-state. But in the late 19th century, Singapore was a quaint, English colony which greatly attracted the [...] Read more »
by Romy Sabaldan Davao City (20 June) — “147 years ago today, our country produced what would become one of the most revered heroes in Philippine history.” Thus, started the closing speech commemorating almost 15 decades of celebrating the birth anniversary of the country’s national hero – Dr. Jose Rizal.