Living Rizal in modern times
June 14, 2009 6:06am CST
His handsome profile makes the peso coin more handsome. In every province, town and there's a street, park or commercial establishment named after him.At the Luneta, his monument is visited by Sunday strollers, tourists, visiting VIP's and diplomats, with honor guard standing vigil. The monument in the park is replicated down to the last detail in china, and similar tributes of smaller size are marked by street names, markers and plaques in Japan, Hong Kong, France and Germany And yet, the sad truth is that in provinces many of the less prominent monuments to Dr. Jose Rizal, our national hero, are in a sorry state and badly in need of restoration. Their plaster is peeling off, the plants that surround them died seasons ago, the lights that are supposed to keep the symbolic flame burning have been stolen or destroyed, coatings of moss accumulated over the years speak volumes about a weakness of community spirit which may largely be due lack of funding.
14 Jun 09
hello manayonboy... i also notice some of your observations, and i think on this modern days, Rizal is just a thing of the past...for some. He is just a name for the streets, a subject in schools, the national hero...its sad that some Filipinos don't give much importance on him, they forgot what's contribution Rizal has for our country...i think more than anything else we should refresh to every Filipinos mind what did Rizal do for this country... and with regards to restorations, i hope government will give some funds for this and not only for Rizal's stuff but to all historical places and landmarks here in our country. by the way, i came from Rizal's birth place...and i'm really fond of visiting his house whenever i go home...