By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
June 19, 2014
LOS ANGELES – June 19 marks the birthday of one of the most important figures in Philippine history.
Community members marked the 153rd birthday of national hero Dr. Jose P Rizal with a wreath laying ceremony at the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) this morning.
Community members marked the writer and freedom fighter’s birth with a day-long celebration, highlighting filipino culture and Rizal’s works.
The Laguna-born novelist was executed at age 35 for his role in the revolution against Spanish rule.
“With the symbolism of our national hero, Jose Rizal during his birth anniversary and death anniversary on December 30, We can rekindle in our hearts our love of country as symbolized by Jose Rizal,” explained Chito Mandap, representing the Jose P Rizal Monument Movement and Knights of Rizal.