Sunday, December 30, 2012
Celebrating Rizal Day in Calamba City
CALAMBA CITY, Laguna - In celebration of Rizal Day, a public holiday in the Philippines, we traveled to Calamba in the province of Laguna to visit the 22-feet tall statue of Dr. Jose Rizal. It was on this date in 1896 when Rizal was executed in Bagumbayan, Manila but instead of visiting his monument in Luneta, we chose to visit his monument in his hometown of Calamba.
The Rizal Monument in Calamba is the tallest statue of Rizal in world, which stands in front of the Calamba City Hall, facing Mt. Makiling. The height of the statue represents the 22 languages that Rizal could speak. The monument was inaugurated on June 19, 2011 to celebrate Rizal's 150th birth anniversary.