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Home NEWS Events Celebrating the legacy of Rizal

Celebrating the legacy of Rizal

 “Binasa mo ba si Rizal? Malamang na hindi,” begins the provocative book Rizal: Makata, National Artist Virgilio S. Almario’s latest work that he launched on July 2 at the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), Makati City.

Prior to the official launch of his anticipated work, Almario gave a lecture/workshop to a group of students, teachers and Jose Rizal aficionados, which was presented by the Filipinas Heritage Library, the National Book Development Board, and Anvil Publishing.  He discussed in detail the poems and literary tropes Rizal liked to use in his writing.  Also, Almario explained techniques and methods on how to teach Rizal and make him relevant to today’s youth.  

Another book, The Anvil Jose Rizal Reader, a collection of writings by Rizal scholars, was also launched that day.  The awaited work, edited by Ani Habúlan, was published to celebrate the sesquicentennial of our National Hero’s birth.  The collected works give tribute to Rizal and celebrate his life and influence in Filipino literature.  Contributing writers Vim Nadera and Bryan Anthony C. Paraiso headed a forum and shared their ideas on Rizal’s continuing impact on the Philippines’ present culture.


“Today is truly special because we are celebrating the legacy of Jose Rizal, a great Filipino who continues to inspire, mystify, and educate us through his works,” said Suzanne Yupanco, Deputy Director of the FHL.  

Rizal: Makata and The Anvil Jose Rizal Reader, both published by Anvil Publishing, Inc., are available at the Filipinas Heritage Library and at local bookstores.