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Jose Rizal tallest monument to be unveiled on birthplace on 150th birthday

By on May 12, 2011 in Asia, Lifestyle Comments

Updated: June 19, 2011 4:07 p.m.

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Manila, Philippines – The local government of Calamba City, Laguna led by Mayor Joaquin Chipeco Jr. is being set to unveil the tallest monument of Jose Rizal, the country’s national hero.

Jose Rizal tallest monument
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As reported at Calamba City’s official website on Thursday, May 12, 2011, Mayor Chipeco announced that Rizal’s tallest monument will be unveiled on June 19, 2011, Rizal’s 150th birthday, on his birthplace.

The said monument is 22 feet tall, representing the 22 different languages used by Rizal, which include English, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish.

Apparently, the monument will rest on the newly-bought 6.7-hectare property in front of Calamba City Hall complex, with no less than President Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino, III (PNoy) doing the unveil.

The construction of Rizal’s tallest monument, which was made possible through the coordination between the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and the Calamba local government, is only among the activities in celebrating his 150th birthday.

Earlier reports said that a Facebook page was created to closely monitor the countdown to Rizal’s 150th birthday celebration, and June 20 was also declared holiday by President Aquino.

Jose Rizal was born on June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Laguna. Despite being born from a rich family, he became the most prominent advocate of freedom during the Spanish era in the Philippines.

Among the literal works that were said to be the inspiration of Philippine revolution that time are “Noli me Tangere” and “El filibusterismo”.

Rizal was declared a martyr when he was executed via firing squad by the Spanish Army on December 30, 1896 in Bagumbayan, which is now known as Rizal Park or Luneta.

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