Rizal Park, Manila – The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), in coordination with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, and the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) will conduct a simple program commemorating the 168th birth anniversary of Ferdinand Blumentritt on 10 September 2021, 10:00 a.m., at Noli Me Tangere Garden, Rizal Park, Manila.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will officiate the ceremonial playing of the national anthems of the Philippines and Czech Republic, and the wreath-laying activity. The program will be led by Embassy of the Czech Republic Charge d’Affaires Dalibor Micka.  It will also be participated by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) OIC, Executive Director Carminda R. Arevalo and the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) Chief Administrative Officer Reina B. Jara.

Messages will be delivered respectively by Ms Jara, to welcome the guests; OIC ED Arevalo to give the inspirational talk and CDA Micka to deliver the program’s key message.

Ferdinand Blumentritt, an Austrian teacher, was born on 10 September 1853 in Prague. He became a close friend of Rizal, and translated Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere into German. Blumentritt exchanged numerous correspondences with Rizal which provided a critical reference for Rizal historians and academicians. The correspondences between him and Rizal also served as a representation of the Filipino-Austrian relations.

The NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote and preserve Philippine historical heritage through research and publication, conservation, marking of historic sites and structures, and administration of national shrines and museums.