An exhibit featuring the literary works of Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal is ongoing in Madrid, Spain.
The exhibit, “Entre Espana Y Filipinas: Jose Rizal, Escritor”, features various personal items that show the world and society that inspired Rizal.
Among the items on exhibit are 2 original letters addressed to Ferdinand Blumentritt and his family (written between 1886 and 1887), lent by the National Library of the Philippines, which have never been shown before out of the Philippines;and 2 epaulettes worn by General Emilio Aguinaldo provided by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines
The May 15, 1989 edition of La Solidaridad, which includes Rizal’s article “La verdad para todos,” is also on display. It was provided by the historian and Rizal expert Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo.
The loan was made possible through the collaboration of the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines.
The event was organized by the Directorate of Cultural and Scientific Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the National Library of Spain.
The exhibit opened last November 30 at the National Library building of Madrid. It will run until February 12, 2012.
Dr. Jose Rizal is one of the great heroes of the Philippines and one of the most charismatic figures in history. He was a social and political leader and promoter of the modernization of the Philippines. He also helped shaped the Filipino identity and nationhood.
He has a Bachelor's degree in Medicine and Philosophy and Letters, and practiced ophthalmology. He was also a history and grammar researcher and tireless traveler who spoke more than 10 languages.
Rizal penned the novels, “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo”—2 books that are now a required reading in Philippine schools. He was also an excellent poet and author of numerous essays and newspaper articles, and travel books.