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29/06/2011: Ambassador Cuisia views Rizal Display at the Library of Congress

Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. (second from left) visits the Library of Congress to view the Jose Rizal display. He is joined by Mr. Franklin Odo, PhD, Chief of the Asian Division and Ms. Reme Grefalda, Philippine Specialist of the Asian Division of the Library of Congress.

29 June 2011, Washington, DC – Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia visited the Library of Congress today to view the Jose Rizal display at the Asian Reading Room. The display was organized by the Library in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.

Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr reads a copy of the original manuscript of Jose Rizal’s novel, El Filibusterismo.

The Ambassador was received by the Chief of the Asian Division, Mr. Franklin Odo, PhD. Before joining the Library of Congress, Dr. Odo was the founding director of the Asian Pacific American Program at the Smithsonian Institution. Ms. Reme Grefalda, Philippine Specialist at the Asian Division of the Library, guided the Ambassador as he looked through the Rizal collection of the Library of Congress.

The display included the Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas by Antonio de Morga, annotated by Jose Rizal; Maria Makiling, a folktale by Jose Rizal; One Hundred Letters of Jose Rizal to his Parents, Brother, Sisters and Relatives; different versions of Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, among others. A 1902 version of Noli Me Tangere, which was on display, included a journalist’s description of the crowd that gathered in Luneta during Rizal’s execution. The article was quoted from the newspaper, La Correspondencia, in Puerto Rico, dated 30 December 1901, the fifth anniversary of Rizal’s death.

A second Rizal display will take place in December which will include the Spanish newspapers that featured his trial and monographs on his execution and martyrdom. -- END