Malacanang extends Rizal exhibits on June 20 holiday


Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa today issued several memoranda effectively extending Rizal-related exhibits at the National Library, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and the Central Post Office, in line with celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of national hero Jose Rizal.
The original manuscripts of the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo were originally scheduled to be displayed in theNational Library from June 14 to 18, while the Rizal@150 Photo Exhibit will run from May 23 to June 30. Rizal in our Midst: A Homage to Greatness is also currently open for viewing at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, while the Rizaliana Collection of Stamps is currently being displayed at the Central Post Office.
The exhibits were all directed to “observe regular operating hours” on June 19 and June 20, 2011.
Recognizing the importance of the Rizal sesquicentennial, MalacaƱang had earlier issued Proclamation No. 154, declaring Monday, June 20, 2011 a special non-working holiday. Executive Secretary Ochoa ordered the extension of the exhibits to allow the public to commemorate Rizal’s patriotic deeds and sacrifices for the country and for the country to rekindle their admiration and respect for him.
“The exhibits were put up to spur reflection on Rizal; it’s only fitting that they remain open on the holiday that was declared to allow our people time to reflect and pay tribute to him. We hope the public will take this opportunity to revisit the life and works of our national hero,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said, adding that “Rizal’s example binds us as a people, as much as the flag and national anthem does.”
Rizal was born on June 19, 1861, in Calamba, Laguna. The President will be leading the festivities in the town with a speech on the morning of Sunday, June 19; parallel activities commemorating Rizal’s birth have also been planned by different sectors during the day.