Celebrate Dr. Jose Rizal 150th birth anniversary on June 19

Come join us in celebrating Dr. Jose Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary on June 19, 2011 at 6:00 PM at Fort Santiago, Intramuros , Manila.

Look forward to an evening of art, music, poetry and fireworks as we remember Rizal’s life and works in a fun and meaningful way for a new generation of Filipinos.

Here are the activities: (via POC News)

In celebration of this momentous event, government units, the academe, and other culture, history and art-oriented institutions have planned grand events for Sunday. Among these is My Rizal 150’s Maligayang Bati, Jose Rizal, an evening of art, music, poetry and fireworks in Fort Santiago.

1. The Banda ng Maynila (brass band of the City of Manila) will kick-start the event by playing live music. They will be followed by the Ateneo Chamber Singers, who will be performing classics, as well as one song especially composed for the event, on the Main Stage at the flagpole area of Plaza Moriones.

2. Berklee alums Tess Salientes and Gerard Salonga have also prepared a specially composed musical theme for the event. There will be a fireworks display after their performance.

3. Camp Suki will be offering kalesa rides, on-the-spot artists who can sketch/draw your portrait (for a fee), and a turn-of-the-century photo shoot complete with costumes.

4. Gerardo de Leon’s 1961 classic Noli Me Tangere will be shown on one of the walls of the ruins of the American barracks, courtesy of CCP and SOFIA (Society of Filipino Film Archivists) who were responsible for the restoration of the film.

5. Sipat Lawin Ensemble will be performing an avant-garde piece wherein they are going to march backwards from Luneta to Fort Santiago doing a reenactment of Rizal’s execution. They will also be doing pocket performances throughout the evening.

6. Heroes Square will also do their 30-minute play on Rizal and Josephine Bracken inside the Rizal Shrine, which will remain open all night. The play will start after the firework display and the Buhay na Kasaysayan members, dressed in period military uniform, will draw the crowd into Rizal Shrine.

7. Traditional food from the era in which Rizal lived will be sold by concessionaires Ilustrado, Barbara’s, and Adarna Food and Culture.

8. The Manila Diamond Hotel is baking a special birthday cake for Jose Rizal, recreating Rizal’s book stand with his Noli Me Tangere placed on top. Rizal’s book stand is being restored by Escuela Taller of Intramuros.

9. The Lopez Museum will be showcasing their extensive Rizal collection, and will be on display at the Plaza Armas.

Registration starts at 5:00 p.m., and the program starts at 6:00 p.m. Ticket prices are P100 per adult and P50 for kids below 12 years of age. Entrance is free for guests who will come in period costumes, or dress as their favorite characters from Jose Rizal’s novels.

For more information, please contact:
Lisa T. Bayot
Tel. nos:
(+632) 817-8062
(+632) 894-0505
Mobile no: 0917-8617854
Email add: [email protected]

Maite P. Gallego
Mobile no: 0918-9026073
Email add: [email protected]

Watch this video invitation.

In time with the 150th anniversary of the birth of the country’s national hero, Cheche Lazaro Presents a one-and-a-half hour documentary on the many loves – and the greatest passion – of Dr. Jose Rizal.

Don’t miss this very special episode of CLP on Sunday, June 19 at 10:30PM on ABS-CBN 2. “Ang Tunay na Pag-ibig ni Lolo Jose “ ,from Unlimited Productions.

And other Rizal birthday celebration news:

Rizal goes Digital!
In celebration of Jose Rizal‘s 150th year, Vibal Foundation launches interactive Rizaliana e-books for the iPad this June!

Vibal Foundation’s interactive e-books help children rediscover the wonder of timeless tales through books you can watch like a movie or play like a video game. Coming this month are two e-book versions of our national hero’s timeless writings: The Tortoise and the Monkey and Noli Me TangereNoli Me Tangere.

The e-books feature an intuitive interface, gorgeous graphics, and an immersive score! It’s another milestone for the Philippines’ first interactive e-book publisher. Children and adults alike can enjoy these e-book apps!

You can download The Monkey and The Tortoise and the first installment of Noli Me Tangere from the iTunes Store starting June 19, 2011!

The Monkey and The Tortoise
A folktale extolling the virtues of friendship, honesty and wit, The Monkey and The Tortoise has circulated in the Philippine archipelago for centuries and entertained generations of Filipino youth. Its rapt audience has included José Rizal, the Philippine national hero, who further popularized the fable by penning a cartoon version in 1885. His English translation was later published in a European magazine in 1889.

Humorously drawn and buoyed by a frivolously percussive score, the e-book transports readers to the tropical locale of the monkey and the tortoise, then fully immerses them in the story through playful animation. As the reader, help the two animals divide the banana tree and try to pick its fruits. Take part in the action as the friends discover their differences, then rejoice with the wittier animal when these are resolved.

A charming package of illustration, animation, music, heritage, and history all rolled into one, this classic come to new life will surely delight children and adults alike.WATCH A TEASER NOW?

Noli Me Tangere
Noli Me Tangere is Rizal’s seminal novel which roused revolutionary fervor in Filipinos at its time of publication. Using his sharp wit and eye for satire, the national hero immortalized the tragic love of Crisostomo Ibarra and Maria Clara, as well as the corruption imminent in the colonial clergy, in the pages of his book.

This e-book reads like a graphic novel, and features beautiful illustrations and an immersive score. The Noli Me Tangere e-book is bilingual, and can be read in Spanish or English. It also features a unique parallax effect for illustrations, which allowa users a rich reading experience on their iPads. WATCH A TEASER NOW?

For more information on the Vibal Foundation, its projects, publications, and our celebration of Jose Rizal’s 150th year, you may contact us at:

Website: www.vibalfoundation.org
Address: 1253 G. Araneta Avenue, Quezon City, 1104, Philippines
Tel. no.: +63 (2) 712-9156 to 59 loc 343 to 344
Fax no.: +63 (2) 4168460

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