Celebration of Rizal’s life at Truman

By Daniel Domel, staff writer

Philippine food, music and dancing filled the lobby of the Larry McKeon administrative building Thursday Oct. 20, as the celebration marked the 150th anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal’s birth.

Rizal is considered a martyr in his native Philippines after his execution in 1896 at age 35.  Ironically, his death has been credited as the catalyst which fanned the flames to the Philippine revolution.

President Reagan Romali hosted the event with music performed by SamaSama Project,  and a speech by Mr. Leo M. Herrera-Lim (Consul General of the Philippines) who presented Truman with two manuscripts written by Dr. Rizal. In addition, the great grand nephew of Dr. Rizal, Ramon G. Lopez, M.D. also attended the event.

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