Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rizal @ 150: Be Part of History

And the best way to end my hiatus from blogging is by being part of the history on Dr. Jose Rizal's 150th birthday on June 19, 2011 at the Rizal Park.

At the time I am writing this post, I just came fresh from visiting and touching Dr. Jose Rizal's monument at the Rizal Park. Most of my life, I only pass by our national hero's monument and admiring it from a distance. Sometimes I wonder how far will I reach if one time I go crazy and decide to go near the monument. But alas, for the first time in history because of the flower offering event held at Rizal Park on Dr. Jose Rizal's 150th birthday organized by NPDC Director Juliet Villegas together with her dedicated team with special thanks to Mr. Kenneth Montegrande, I was able to not just go near the monument but I was able to touch it, marvel on it and be part of the history.

Oh yes! First time in the history of the Rizal monument since it was erected that I, together with the rest of the Filipinos, am allowed to marvel on the place where the hero amongst the heroes was laid to rest.

After visiting the monument, I decided to check out the different booths from the 13 municipalities of Metro Manila. The mood was festive and cheerful, despite the cloudy weather and occasional rain. Every booth showcased different products each municipality can be proud of. Naturally, my feet brought me to the booth of Manila where I got my henna tattoo. My second henna tattoo in my life so far.

I was also lucky enough to witness the dress rehearsal of a play that will be shown at 6 pm today entitled 'PEPE: Ang Talambuhay at Panaginip ni Jose Rizal' on June 19, 2011 Sunday, 6PM at the Concert At The Park, Luneta. Admission is free for this play. This musical features Biboy Ramirez as Jose Rizal w/ the New Teatro Expedicion Ensemble. I was chosen as one of the three volunteers for the audience participation and was asked to answer the question"Ano ang kinakatawan ni Rizal sa panahon ngayon?". As a volunteer, I felt glad to be able to express my admiration for Rizal on his birthday in public. Talking about capturing that moment where I can openly express to my fellowmen how proud am I to be Filipino.

Despite the rain and the strong winds, I enjoyed Rizal @ 150: Be part of the history celebration day. I truly feel that I was part of history. This is a memory of Manila, of Rizal Park that I will truly cherish for the rest of my life.

And it was made special because I got to spend it together with my special somebody...


  1. You look so fab dear! Too bad I wasn't able to swing by Luneta, I remember it was raining hard that Sunday morning.. :( Thanks for sharing the pics!

  2. Thanks so much Ruth. No worries. Rizal Park has more activities to come. Check out their Concert at the Park Schedules. I plan to follow these cultural presentations regularly.