Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Jose Rizal Monument: A Piece of the Philippines in Madrid (Magnificent Madrid Series 21)

Jose Rizal Monument 
A Piece of the Philippines in Madrid
Magnificent Madrid Series 21 

One thing that every Pinoy visiting Madrid should not miss is to
visit the Jose Rizal Monument at Avenida las Islas de Filipinas.


The monument which appears to be an exact replica 
of the one in Rizal Park in Manila,was inaugurated on
 December 5, 1996 not only to commemorate Rizal’s   
100th death anniversary but also to celebrate the centenial
observance of Philippine independence from Spain in 1998.

The monument, is flanked by metal plaques
set in concrete pedestals of Rizal’s poem
Spanish version ‘Mi Ultimo ‘Adios’ on one side,


…and “Huling Paalam”,  the poem’s
Tagalog version on the other side.

It was ironic that Spain agreed to honor Jose Rizal,
our national hero by building a monument  whom
the Spaniards considered as Enemy Number One
during their Philippine colonization in the past,


…and whom they put to death firing squad
in December 30, 1896, in the Luneta, where
the original Rizal monument now stands.

In reality, the kids have yet to actually visit the original Luneta
 monument in Manila’s Rizal Park,but they were happy that 
they were finally able see the Rizal Monument replica in Madrid.

…and it would do well for the meantime
as it was an awesome facsimile without
the Torre de Manila as a  photo bomber. 

Read the links below for related posts

Caceres to Madrid 
Scenic Train Ride to the Spanish Capital City
Magnificent Madrid Series 1 

La Pausa 
Madrid’s Welcome Feast 
Magnificent Madrid Series 2 

Petit Palace Opera 
Homey Hotel at the Heart of Madrid
Magnificent Madrid Series 3 

Calle Arenal 
Madrid’s Vibrant Street Mall
Magnificent Madrid Series 4

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