por Jose Rizal y Alonso
Adios, Patria adorada, region del sol querida,
Perla del Mar de Oriente, nuestra perdido Eden!
A darte voy alegre la triste mustia vida,
Y fuera mas brillante, mas fresca, mas florida,
Tambien por ti la diera, la diera por tu bien.
Adios, padres y hermanos, trozos del alma mia;
Amigos de la infancia en el perdido hogar,
Dad gracias que descanso del fatigoso dia.
Adios, dulce extranjera, mi amiga, mi alegria!
Adios, queridos seres. Morir es descansar.
It is a great poem. The style is only exceeded by his passion.
From Jose Rizal diary's as he compared the Rivers of Pasig, Hudson
World. I share his observation that all the great cities are fed by famous rivers.
The Hudson River, which runs along, carries many boats. We crossed over a bridge. The landscape is beautiful; and it is not inferior to the best in Europe. We are going
along the banks of the Hudson. They are very beautiful, although a little
more solitary than those of the Pasig. There were ships, boats, trees,
hills; and the major part is cultivated. The Hudson is wide. Beautiful ships.
Sliced granite rocks were paved along the railroads. Some points widely
extended. There were beautiful houses between trees. Day fine. Our grand
transcontinental trip ended on Sunday, May 13, 1888 We passed through various
arches in tunnels. The Hudson as described by Jose Rizal as he sailed for Europe
on his way to writing his second novel.
His two political novels inspired the revolution and brought the short
Independence just over 100 years ago. He was however advocating peaceful
reform all his life in the present day tradition of Gandi and Martin Luther King Jr. He was a Renaissance man and a prophet. But I wonder if he knew
that the United States would soon be replacing the long reigning Spanish Regime. His last farewell made sure that empire's authority would not happen again. The US Congress agreed.
The pride of the Malay Race will be returning to Hudson. The Mayor
to the Filipino-American community the installation of the statue of Dr Jose P. Rizal donated by the Philippine Centennial Commission through the Order of the Knights of Rizal, New Jersey Chapter. It will be erected on the corner of Columbus Drive and Brunswick Street. The city council is schedule to pass the resolution as various city agencies spearheded by the Filipino Deputy Mayor Linda Mayo is working to establish the Dr Jose P Rizal Plaza in his honor and to acknowledge the Philippine-American community contribution to Jersey City.
Nestor Palugod Enriquez
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Chicago: The site of Rizal's monument
By Lynda B. Valencia
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, Mar. 1 (PNA) - - The City
of Chicago, known
as the "Windy City" will be the site of our pride --a monument of our
national hero, Dr.Jose P. Rizal will be constructed here soon.
Chicago was also the venue of the signing of the charter
affiliation agreement between the National Press Club of the
Philippines (NPC) headed by its President Alfredo Gabot of the Manila
Bulletin and NPC Phil. Midwest headed by Bart Tubalinal.
Just recently, the City of Chicago finally gave its green light
to the Park District of Chicago to accept the donation from the
Philippine government through the Philippine Centennial Commission
(PCC) of a double life size statue of Dr. Jose P. Rizal.
A meeting was held between Dr. Max Basco, chairman of the PCC,
Chicago-Midwest and the Park District authorities, Dr. Larouche,
chair of the architectural committee; Julia Bacharach, a Park
District conservator, and a representative of Alderman Schulter to
discuss the project.
Basco said the Rizal monument here will be another significant
accomplishment of the Filipino Americans, adding "this monument, the
one of only two double life size monuments of the hero in Continental
USA, and one of the five outside the Philippines will be a symbol of
our concerted effort to show our great heritage and bond as a
The other four locations are: Madrid, Spain; Heidelberg,
Germany, Cherry Hill, New jersey; and Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Park district officials after evaluating the artistic merits
of the monument have chosen to locate it on the north side of
Chicago, between Lawrence and Wilson and Lakeshore Drive.
A site fronting the Louis Weiss Hospital was eventually selected
from choice of three provided by the Park District.
The officials recommended that the statue's pedestal be granite.
It also requires that the additional finishing, reinforcements,
protective coating have to be made on the statue. It also imposes
requirements for the provisions for lighting and water supply.
The groundbreaking ceremony is expected to be scheduled to
coincide with the 138th birth anniversary of the national hero, June
The suggested investment for the said project has been placed at
$100,000.00. The breakdown is as follows: pedestal, $30,000; lighting
and water supply, $30,000; modifications to the statue $10,000 and
perpetual maintenance endowment,$30,000.
The Park District also requires that inscription on the bronze
plaque, which will come from the National Historical Institute (NHI)
of the Philippines, shall be limited to Dr. Rizal and/or to the
Fil-Am Community at large.
Another plaque recognizing the project's major benefactors,
however, will be installed and displayed in nearby Margate Park
Basco, who visited the Philippines earlier, plans to invite
President Estrada to attend the dedication ceremony.
Among the prime movers of the project are the Knights of Rizal and
the Philippine American Cultural Foundation.