Entry 072


Sculptures 02: Rizal Monument

How many of us have taken a closer look at the whole Rizal Monument in Luneta? The iconic image of an upright Jose Rizal, holding a copy of his novel Noli me tangere and glancing rightwards, and a stars-decorated obelisk behind him are the images formed in our consciousness whenever we conjure the monument. But there sit other figures that are worth noting. DSC_0639 At Rizal’s right is a mother rearing an infant. Below this figure is an inscription:

LA MADRE FILIPINA CRIA EL PORVENIR DEL PAIS

I am not an expert in Spanish, but a quick reference from Google Translate yields “The Filipino mother raises the country’s future”. DSC_0629 At Rizal’s left are two youths reading a book. Below the figure an inscription reads:

DE LA INSTRUCCION NACE LA GRANDEZA

Again, a translation can be understood as “from instruction, greatness is born”. The monument was designed by Richard Kissling, a Swiss sculptor, and was formally titled Motto Stella. You can read more information about the monument from this article by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

The Rizal Monument with the infamous Torre de Manila condominium in the background

The Rizal Monument with the infamous Torre de Manila condominium in the background

The obelisk behind the Rizal figure is fashioned with three stars.

The obelisk behind the Rizal figure is fashioned with three stars.

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