EARL BALES PARK, TORONTO ─ The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) led by its OIC-Executive Director Carminda R. Arevalo, will unveil the historical marker Jose Rizal on 22 June 2022, 10:00 a.m. at the Earl Bales Park in Toronto, Canada. The marker states:

JOSE RIZAL

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL HERO. BORN ON 19 JUNE 1861. PHYSICIAN, POET, WRITER EDUCATOR, LINGUIST, INVENTOR.                               

AUTHORED NOVELS NOLI ME TANGERE (1887) AND EL FILIBUSTERISMO (1891) WHICH BARED COLONIAL OPPRESSION OF THE FILIPINOS. HE ADVOCATED NONVIOLENT STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM BUT WAS CHARGED WITH INCITING DISSENT. 

 THE LIVING SOUL OF THE 1896 PHILIPPINE REVOLUTION, HE WAS EXECUTED ON 30 DECEMBER 1896. 

 HIS MARTYRDOM INSPIRED A SENSE OF NATIONHOOD THAT EVENTUALLY LED TO THE PROCLAMATION OF PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE IN 1898.

OIC-Executive Director Arevalo will officially turn over the marker to the Earl Bales Park Recreational Facilities in charge, City Councilor James Pasternak. Philippine Consulate General in Ontario Consul General Orontes V. Castro and NHCP Project Development Officer Ms. Eleonor B. Samonte will stand as witnesses during the signing of the certificate of transfer.

The program will also highlight Councilor James Pasternak’s acceptance message and the cultural performance prepared by the Filipino Community in Ontario.

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

For more information, contact the Historic Sites and Education Division at NHCP tel. nos. 53351217 loc. 126.

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