We’ve been given the opportunity to have the Philippines' National Hero, Dr.Jose Rizal stand in our midst at a park in Rosemeadow, Campbelltown which has already been named in his honour.
Now, our hero stands in all his glory. A 5 metre high Rizal statue is now the focal point of the park and stands as the embodiment of Filipino culture and heritage. The statue is a gift of renowned Filipino sculptor, Eduardo Castrillo to the Philippine Government, which in turn was turned over to the Campbelltown City Council.
Likewise, it will be the Filipino community's contribution to cultural diversity in Australia. It will be a testimony of our culture and heritage; a legacy for the future generation.
We have proudly taken on the challenge to ensure that our hero stands in all his glory. If he stands, the Filipino community stands out.
The Unveiling Ceremony was held on 26 October 2012. Rizal Statue was unveiled by the President of the Philippines, His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino assisted by Mayor of Campbelltown, Honorable Sue Dobson.
The President and the Mayor were joined at the unveiling by the Premier of NSW, Honourable Barry O'Farrell and the President of RPMC, Mr Rey Manoto.
The Ceremony was attended by the Philippine Delegation accompanying President Aquino including Secretary Albert del Rosario; the Ambassador of the Philippines to Australia H.E. Been Anota; the Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis; other Consul Generals from Thailand and Vietnam; Most Reverend Peter Ingham; Father Christopher Sarkis; Federal and State Members of Parliament; Campbelltown City Councillors, Campbelltown City Officials headed by General Manager, Mr Paul Tosi; the Benefactors of Rizal Monument from the Philippines and Australia, especially the Platinum Benefactors Ms Emelita Almosara of NCCA, Mr Albert Garcia of PABC and Mr Parma Sologar of Vanlines; Mr Enrique Reyes and his family, Officers and members of Rizal Park Movement of Campbelltown, Order of the Knights of Rizal, Sydney Chapter, Kagrupo Radio Club, and Philipine Australia Friendship Associaiton; and other guests.
We thank everyone who have opened their hearts to give generously.
To date, donations from organisations and individuals now total - $53,200.
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Donations are still being accepted. If you want to be a part of history and have your name etched for all time on the Remembrance Wall, , hurry and contact us soon.
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