Rizal respected in monuments all over Philippines
Filipinos will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal on Sunday. One of the ways our national hero is remembered is through monuments all over the country.
Originally, his first one was built in Daet, Camarines Norte in 1898, just 2 years after Rizal’s death. Then the famous Luneta. Its design was chosen through an international contest from 1905 to 1907.
"Second place ito sa isang timpalak na ginawa noong araw," said Juliet Villegas, executive director of the National Parks Development Committee.
Meanwhile, there is no law stating that every town is required to build a monument in Rizal’s name, however, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) said there are guidelines for this.
It has to built in front of a prominent building, plaza, or park, for instance. The statue also has to be at least life-size.
Happy 150th birthday to our National Hero!