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For the second year after its official opening by Philippine President Aquino III in October 2012, the Rizal Park in Rosemeadow was today a hub of activities observing the martyrdom of the Philippine national hero, Dr Jose Rizal.
Rizal was executed by musketry on December 30, 1896 at Bagumbayan (now Luneta) by the then colonial Spanish government for treason.
Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis and Campbelltown City Mayor Cr Clinton Mead together with Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR) regional commander Philip Ranoso, OKOR Sydney Chapter commander Cesar Bartolome, Rizal Park Movement of Campbelltown (RMPC) president Rey Manoto, RPMC founding president Lourdes Kaiser, led the community in commemorating the national hero’s 117th death anniversary.
Another commemorative rite is to be held tomorrow afternoon (December 30) in Ashfield where another Rizal statue stands.
A short lecture on the linkage between Rizal and Andres Bonifacio, another Philippine hero, by Knights of Rizal member and author of Rizal-related books Prof Floro Quibuyen and the participation of the members of the Sonata singers were the highlights of today’s ceremony.
Wreath-laying concluded the ceremony which was followed by a community picnic.
For more photos, please visit the Knights of Rizal Sydney website.