Tel Aviv PE Commemorates Joes P. Rizal’s Martyrdom


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gimped.Rizal Day 2012 Flag Raising02 January 2013, Tel Aviv, State of Israel
– Ambassador Generoso D.G. Calonge led the Philippine Embassy's simple commemoration activity to honor the heroic death of Dr. Jose P. Rizal whose martyrdom at Bagumbayan (now Luneta Park in Manila) sparked the Philippine revolution against the oppressive and tyrannical rule of centuries-long Spanish colonialism.

The Embassy opened the ceremony through the singing of the National Anthem and raising of the Philippine flag at the Chancery, followed by Ambassador Generoso D.G. Calonge's inspirational message and concluded by the reading in English of Rizal's famous poem "Mi Ultimo Adios" (My Last Farewell).

"It is fitting to end the previous year and start a new year by remembering the life and death of Dr. Jose P. Rizal and by instilling in our minds to walk in the footsteps of our great hero," Ambassador Calonge said. "Let us remember that Rizal exemplifies the heights to which all Filipinos should aspire. Let us endeavor to emulate his commitment to excellence, humility in the face of accomplishments, hunger and passion for knowledge and most importantly, the undying love for country," the Ambassador concluded.

Dr. Jose P. Rizal is the Philippines' national hero. His love for country, clamor for democracy, philosophy and writings inspired and enlightened Filipinos to seek freedom and destroy the chains that fettered the nation for many centuries. Dr. Rizal's life and works however noble and sublime earned notoriety from Spanish colonial rulers and friars which led him to his death by firing squad on 30 December 1896. —END—