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04/01/2012: Library of Congress Displays True Facsimile of Noli Me Tangere Manuscript

The chapter on Crisostomo Ibarra, the protagonist in Dr. Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere, a novel written in Spanish and translated in several languages.

January 4, 2012, Washington, DC – The Asian Reading Room of the Library of Congress displayed the true facsimile of the original manuscript of Noli Me Tangere written by Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, together with transcripts of the Rizal trial, books on Fort Santiago where Rizal was incarcerated and newspaper accounts, mostly from Spain, of Rizal’s execution in Manila on December 30, 1896.

The display is the finale of the Library’s commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the birth of the national hero of the Philippines. An exhibit of the works of and about Rizal was held last June, Rizal’s birth month.

Written in Spanish, Noli Me Tangere depicts the injustices experienced by Filipinos during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. The novel, published in 1887, was followed by its sequel, El Filibusterismo, published in 1891. These novels were smuggled to the Philippines and were known to incite the Philippine revolution against Spain. They were translated in several languages.

The display will run until January 5, 2012. The Philippines observed the 115th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal on December 30. -- END