Photo of the Day – The Rizal Monument
As a fitting tribute for the 150th Death Anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the Philippine National Hero, last December 30, 2011, I deem it appropriate to feature The Rizal Monument as the Photo of the Day. Such Rizal Monument is located in the town Plaza or Square at the heart of the poblacion of Socorro in Bucas Grande Island, Surigao del Norte, Philippines. I took this photo after the floral offering to the Rizal Monument in the concluding part of the 2011 Rizal Day Program.
At the back of the Rizal monument proudly stand the three tablets bearing the engraved English, Tagalog, and Visayan versions of the immortal poem “My Last Farewell” which was written by Rizal hours before his execution at the Bagumbayan Field, now Luneta Park, in Manila. The face-lifting of the Rizal Monument was the brain child of former Mayor Mamerto D. Galanida, Ed. D. who was my partner in translating the Visayan version of “Katapusang Panamilit” being delivered as a climax of the annual Rizal Day Celebration in the said island town.