Rizal joins ranks of Dickens, Austen!
“JOSE Rizal’s ‘Noli Me Tangere’ has been published in a new English translation and released worldwide by Penguin Books, one of the major publishing houses of the English-speaking world, under the Penguin Classics imprint. The publication effectively canonizes the novel as one of the classics of world literature.” Click this link to view the article: inq7.net
Jose Rizal’s first monument revisited
By Bernard Supetran Updated December 29, 2008 12:00 AM
DAET, Camarines Norte — While the Filipino nation pays homage to national hero Dr. Jose Rizal on his day of martyrdom, this quaint town of Daet, capital of Camarines Norte, is abuzz with activities around its own Rizal monument.
The 15-foot-tall stone pylon named after the national hero is bereft of intricate design, but is in every way special because it is the first-ever Rizal memorial marker in the country.
Situated in a river park, construction of the memorial began on Dec. 30, 1898 in compliance with a decree of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, president of the revolutionary government, to observe Dec. 30 as a national holiday in the “Free Philippines.”
It was completed in February 1899, shortly after the outbreak of the Filipino-American War, antedating by about 14 years the monument in Luneta, which was inaugurated only in 1912. (Source: Philippine Star)