Rizal @ 150

I absolutely adore Rizal to death! Yes, Rizal as in José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda, our national Hero!! Sya talaga ang superhero ko next to Cha Seung Won / Dao Ming Su / Hyun Bin (nyahaha asian cuties win!!!).

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Truth to tell, there’s been no other Filipino who came close to what he has achieved (well, ninoy maybe).

He was a doctor (trained in ophthalmology at the universities in Manila, Madrid, Paris, and Heidelberg), poet, novelist, sculptor, educator, farmer, journalist and a polyglot (danggit! 10 languages?!). He mastered ethnology, sociology, economics, architecture, fencing, shooting etc. On top of these awesomeness…he was a dashing young fine man, in his short life of 35 years, he loved 9 women!

Segunda Katigbak Leonor Valenzuela and Leonor Rivera (Filipina)
Consuelo Ortiga (Spanish)
Suzanna Jacoby (Belgian)
Gertrude Beckett (British)
Nellie Boustead (English)
O-Sei-San (Japanese)
Josephine Bracken (wife, Irish)

Hello, we’re talking about 18th century here, the time when the power of sweet words and love notes and poems are your best weapon to steal a woman’s heart. In short…he was a CHARMING LOVERRRR!

So these past days, I’ve been reading stories about Rizal – winning lotto, living in dapitan, josephine bracken suing his mother, unsuccessful operation on the eyes of George Taufer (Josephine’s adoptive father) – ahhh soo many interesting stories proving the world that he is a human afterall! Didn’t you grow up with the idea that he was far too perfect to be human?

If you want to learn more stories about Rizal, catch up on these various activities to commemorate his 150th birthday (June 19, 2011). I’m definitely going, I wanna read those letters and diaries!

Rizal as a Literary Genius Exhibit
Jun01 – Dec31 2011
Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University
An Exhibit of Books By and About Jose Rizal. Curated by Fr. Rene Javellana, S.J.

Rizal in the Ateneo/ The Ateneo in Rizal Exhibit
Jun01 – Dec31 2011
Ateneo Art Gallery
Original artifacts associated with the National Hero and his times will be exhibited to remind Filipinos in the 21st century of Rizal in the 19th century Ateneo. Curated by Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo.

Rizalizing the Future
Jun03 – Oct29 2011
Yuchengco Museum
Rizal exhibit at the Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, cor. Sen. Gil Puyat and Tindalo St., Makati City.
Museum hours: Mon-Sat, 10 am to 6 pm. Contact Carla Martinez, Tel. 889-1234

Over Rizal, Monuments to a Hero
Jun20 2011
UP Vargas Museum
An exhibit of Rizal monuments in the Philippines in 1905 to 1907. Curated by Prof. Robert Paulino.

Rizal in the 21st Century: Local and Global Perspectives
Jun22 – 24 2011
University of the Philippines

Rizal@150 : Photo Exhibit
May 30-June 30, 2011
3rd Floor Lobby, National Library of the Philippines Building
T. M. Kalaw St. Ermita Manila
For more details, please contact Malou Go or Maricel Diaz at 525-1754 and Jilven Amar or Nelly Fernandez at 524-2737

Rizal@150 : Film Viewing
Film Viewing Sessions:
June 1 “Jose Rizal”
June 3 “Rizal sa Dapitan”
June 8 “Jose Rizal: ang buhay ng bayani”
June 10 “Jose Rizal”
June 15 “Rizal sa Dapitan”
June 17 “Jose Rizal: ang buhay ng bayani”
June 22 “Jose Rizal”
June 29 “Jose Rizal”

Time: 9:00-11:30 A.M.
Venue: Epifanio Delos Santos Auditorium, 6th Floor
National Library of the Philippines Building
T.M. Kalaw St. Ermita Manila
For more details and inquiries, please contact Melanie Abad or Rose Chiong at 525-0926 and Jilven Amar or Nelly Fernandez at 524-2737

Rizal@150 : Storytelling
June 3, 10, 17, 20
Venue: Children’s Library, 2nd Floor
Visitors and guests may request storytelling sessions on dates not in the schedule. For more details and inquiries, please contact Melanie Abad or Rose Chiong at 525-0926.

Exhibit of Original Rizaliana Materials:
Noli Me Tangere
El Filibusterismo
Guillermo Tell
Ullmer Collection
Letters and Diaries
Postcards & Literary works

Date: June 14-17, 2011
Venue: Conservation Room, Filipiniana Divisionon, 3rd Floor
For more details, please contact: Anne Rosette Crelencia, Malou Go or Maricel Diaz at 525-1754; E-mail: do@nlp.gov.ph

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