June 19, 2011

Happy birthday, Pepe

Today is the 150th birth anniversary of Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal, and Filipinos all over the world are celebrating it, not just today but throughout the year. Rizal studied in the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, which is now the Ateneo de Manila University, and the school will be commemorating his life and works with exhibits, lectures, books and performances until December. These activities were launched last Friday with the opening of the "Rizal in Ateneo, Ateneo in Rizal" exhibit at the Ateneo Art Gallery curated by foremost Rizal scholar and historian Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo. This 1930 bust of Jose Rizal at the entrance of the exhibit is by Philippine National Artist for Sculpture Guillermo Tolentino and the background is an image of the ornate entrance of the old Ateneo in Intramuros.

Rizal in Ateneo, Ateneo in Rizal exhibit at the Ateneo Art Gallery

5 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Today it's also Father's day in many countries, I believe in the Philippines as well... So it's interesting, as I reckon "Pepe" must be a sort of "father" of the Philippines, no?
God bless you!
Cezar

DeeBee L. said...

Hello Hilda, I always enjoy having a peek at your posts, so much info about the Philippines which I know...but as a tourist, so this is a fantastic insight that you propose.
A good Sunday to you, DeeBee

Tamera said...

Masaya kaarawan Jose Rizal!

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