Photo above (L-R) Carson City Councilmember Elito Santarina; Congresswoman Janice Hahn; Ms. Maria Serena I. Diokno, Chairperson, Philippine National Historical Commission; Carson City Mayor Jim Dear; Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon; Congresswoman Laura Richardson; Mr. Chito Mandap, Chairman, Jose Rizal Monument Movement (JPRMM); Mr. Antero Pagunsan, Vice Chairman, JPRMM; and, a representative of the Knights of Rizal.

Los Angeles, 1 October 2012 – The very first full-size statue of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Philippine National Hero, in Southern California was finally unveiled in a grand ceremony held on 29 September 2012 at the International Sculpture Garden located in Carson City, California.

A poem recitation of “My Last Farewell” and the re-enactment of the execution of Dr. Jose Rizal were highlights of the event.

The highly awaited event was attended by officials from the Philippines led by Ms. Maria Serena I. Diokno, Chairperson of the Philippine National Historical Commission; the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles led by Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon; Carson City officials led by Mayor Jim Dear; Officers and members of the Jose P. Rizal Monument Movement led by Mr. Chito Mandap; and, members of the Filipino-American community.



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